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