23.6.12

$13 Aegean Blue Dresser for our Basement Guest Room

I scored a bunch of new hardware at a garage sale today. Perfect timing because now I can share the freshly painted and distressed Aegean Blue dresser in our basement guest bedroom.


I moved the little white tables I was using as night stands to our living room for now. This dresser might be a bit tall, but I got some advice from blogging friends to try bigger pieces beside the bed. It will be nice for guests to be able to unpack if they choose.


This is the dresser we bought off kijiji (only 2 streets away) for $10. It is a newer piece but it is very solid and spotlessly clean. I had to lose the double knobs however : )


I decided to try Zinsser Cover Stain as a bonding primer, as recommended by Kate at Centsational Girl. Zinsser Cover Stain is an oil-base primer-sealer in liquid or spray but I chose the brush on liquid. It went on nicely but next time I will buy a brush more suited to oil-base paints as bristles kept coming out of my brush. The best part is that it dries to touch in 20 minutes and you can paint over it in one hour.
The paint I used is Martha Stewart Living eggshell finish in Aegean Blue.


When Home Depot was clearing out their MS sample containers (with the little foam brushes in the lid) I picked up a bunch for $1 each. This dresser used less than 2 sample pots. 


I distressed the edges and some random spots. Using the high adhesion primer makes the finish more durable, but the white shows through when you sand it back. I can live with it though. This is a basement bedroom so it is a bit tough getting good lighting for photos (our carpet is grey.) 


The best part was the bin of new brushed nickel hardware I found at a yard sale today. I had priced handles for this dresser at Home Depot and it would have been $16-$22 (Cdn$) for four simple handles. The bin today had 80 packages of knobs and handles in four styles.  The asking price? $20. 


That would be about 25 cents each for still in package brushed nickel hardware. You can probably guess that they came home with me : ) I may have skipped to my truck. 


Projects are progressing in our basement guest suite but we still have lots to do. Our budget is really tight, especially for the basement, so I am trying hard to make things look good with items we already have or finding things super affordably. I think this $13 dresser works quite well.

I'm sharing this with...
Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots and Jello
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
The Ironstone Nest's Transformation Tuesday Link Party is back!
Primitive and Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday Furniture Link Party
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
and SNS Special - Refabbed Furniture - at Funky Junk Interiors

27 comments:

  1. The dresser looks fantastic - score and score on your finds. You are the best at getting good deals from garage sales (maybe it's becuase you actually go to them - haha).

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  2. Wow! All of those pulls and knobs for $20!!! That is crazy...

    LOVE the color on that baby. it's gorgeous!

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  3. love the color, thanks for sharing, the dresser turned out beautiful!

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  4. It looks so beautiful, I love it:-) Hugs, Biljana

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  5. I love it, Elizabeth!!
    Our Thai exchange student that WAS living in the guest suite in the basement flew back home last week, and my next big (HUGE) project is to re-do and stage that space to sell our home. You have given me some inspiration!! I have a dresser in another room that may need a new paint job and some handles!
    Your room is cozy and warm!
    <3 me

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  6. Awesome transformation! Love the color! Great job Elizabeth!

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  7. Looks great! What a great find on those drawer pulls!

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  8. I love the hardware! I will never cease to be amazed at what a bit of paint and new hardware can do to a piece.

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  9. That is really nice,what a bargain too. I love little sets of drawers like that for bedsides too. thank you for your visit and sweet comments. xo

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  10. That is such a pretty blue, Elizabeth! I love the new hardware; much better than the double knobs. I like the idea of a small dresser used as a bedside table. Especially if the room is small because you are getting double usage out of it.

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  11. Elizabeth, that turned out lovely. Love the colour.

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  12. Elizabeth, This is a beautiful transformation and I love the color you painted the dresser.

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  13. Great find on the hardware and a very pretty colour.

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  14. Really pretty paint color, I always go to Lowe's, now maybe I'll stop by Home Depot!

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  15. LOVE the color of the dresser, Elizabeth!!!
    It looks super!!
    xxoo

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  16. You're right, this is the perfect size piece next to the guest room bed. I like the silver framed mirror and glass pretties you used on top to complement your handles.
    Thanks for stopping by, Mary Alice

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  17. Good call on loading up on the blow-out Martha paint. ALways have to watch out for orphan cans out there...never know what you can score for $2. Perfect color selection for your dresser. Why do people do double knobs, anyway? Pulls look so much nicer. She looks lovely as a bedside dresser!

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  18. Love the blue dresser and what a splendid find on the nickel pulls! It's always nice to be able to unpack if you're the guest staying for more than a few days! ;-)

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  19. Adore the blue dresser. I think anything painted blue is stunning and this is no exception. Great buy on the hardware too. You may find that your guests won't want to leave!

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  20. Love the color! But I love pretty much all of Martha Stewart colors. The handles were a fantastic find!

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  21. Great job and wonderful color! I love to see furniture transformations.Your home is beautiful & I love your white slipcover sofas!

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  22. This little dresser looks perfect in this room. You did a lovely job of refinishing it. Pamela

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  23. i love the pretty color and so glad you remedied the double knob- that is a huge pet peeve of mine!

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  24. Wow, I love a great paint job when I see one! The Aegean blue is so crisp and fresh and ... a little metallic, even! My favorite part is that it is both beautiful AND functional, with its many deep drawers!

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  25. The dresser looks awesome!! Great work. We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Please come back again really soon! Thanks! -The Sisters

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  26. Love that algean blue, I have been looking for a blue, I need to try that color! Great job on the chest!

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