This green Painted Dresser is one of my favorite transformations in our new house. My kids have a loft space that we made into a playroom/game room/television viewing room. When I started to think about color palettes, I tried to think of a palette for both a boy and girl and not something too childish. We decided on a navy and Kelly green palette with a touch of gray on the walls. The preppy palette works well with the other colors in the kids’ bedrooms and they both agreed that they liked it.
In the loft, there is a long hallway that is visible from the downstairs foyer. We needed something to break up the wall and add interest to it, especially something that added color. I had this old dresser that was not in too great shape. Plus, it was basically a laminate piece. So, I decided to experiment on it, knowing that if I messed it up, we were probably going to just trash it anyway. Here are some before shots of the Painted Dresser. You can see it was quite ugly and banged-up.
And, another before shot:
With a fresh new coat of paint:
The color I used for this Painted Dresser is Torrey Pine from Valspar. It’s a nice shade between a Kelly green and Hunter green. The paint is a semi-gloss. More importantly than the paint, was how I prepped the piece. It was first sanded down. After sanding and wiping clean, I used an oil based primer. I’ve found that with all of my furniture painting projects, the oil based primer is the key to the paint really adhering. I used the Zinsser Oil Based Primer. I first rolled it on with a foam roller, then used a brush to really get in all the little crevices. One coat is all it needed. After letting the primer coat dry for several hours, I applied two coats of the Torrey Pine paint.
To modernize the Painted Dresser, I also added gold knobs to it. I admit that when I start a project, I get really impatient to finish it. I knew the Painted Dresser needed gold knobs and I found a few online that I really liked. But, once I started painting, I didn’t want to wait for the knobs to ship. Instead, I found these brushed nickel knobs at Home Depot. With just a little gold spray paint, I turned them into gold pulls.
To style this Painted Dresser, I first hung an oil painting of our sweet first dog, Pearl. My husband had this painted shortly after Pearl passed several years ago. The colors worked perfectly in the space. But, I also wanted to a little piece of art for our current pup, Ollie. So, the English Setter silhouette frame was a quick art project I made in less than a half hour.
I also added a few of my kids’ favorite items to a tray from Home Goods under a glass dome. For the gold car, I simply spray painted it while doing the drawer knobs. The little succulent was planted in a teacup that was given to my son as a party favor from a friend’s daughter’s first birthday party.
This project was completed in one afternoon and only really cost me the price of the quart of semi-gloss paint. Although it was quick and inexpensive, it made a big impact on the space!! Make sure to check back tomorrow for the DIY tutorial for the Dog Silhouette Art!
And, here’s a little preview of the rest of the loft:
It’s still a work in progress, but once it’s done, I’ll share the entire space. Plus, I’ll share my secret for painting perfect stripes!!!