Hi friends! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Thank you for your kind encouraging comments on Friday’s post. You guys are always so supportive and sweet! xo
Today is all about painting cheap furniture – ahh, I mean mass-value produced furniture – and here’s why…
Last week I received an email from Lou Butt – editor of Reloved. Here’s a small portion of what was sent to contributors….
“Please note: Furniture must be readily accessible to Reloved’s readership. While a stunningly, ornate sideboard with distinctive moulding can look utterly beautiful when upcycled, readers would like to see what they can do with some furniture that is similar to that which they can pick up at charity shops, on eBay, at car boot sales….”
She makes a good point. Who doesn’t love transforming a shapely ornate vintage piece. But let’s face it, detailed solid vintage furniture is a little more scarce vs mass produced. And I’d argue, it’s a little more challenging taking an ordinary mass produced piece and turning it into something you’d be proud to showcase in your home… or is it?
When I saw this $10 thrift store lingerie dresser I thought – perfect. This piece was built in a high volume factory. It’s manufacturer is Homestead by Sears but you can find furniture just like this at Ikea, Walmart, Rooms-To-Go or even HomeDepot.
This type of furniture is made from man made materials like melamine/laminate, mdf, masonite, particle board and usually paired with some solid wood. It’s not a bad piece of furniture. It’s cute. Sturdy. And it’s the kind of piece that you can easily find at your local thrift store or on Craigslist.
Lingerie Dresser How To:
I started with the repair. In the before pic, you can probably see there’s a piece missing on the front top lip. It was easily fixed using Bondo and a paint stick.
After the repair, my goal was to keep it clean and simple. I restyled this lingerie dresser using color (Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue) and Hobby Lobby hardware. Nothing else. No fancy painting techniques. The chalk paint was applied using a roller and a brush for the smaller areas. It took two coats of paint and I lightly sanded between each coat. The edges and details were very lightly sanded and distressed. Then it was protected and given a beautiful satin sheen using Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
Amazing what a change in color and some new hardware can do!
This piece is so feminine and sweet!
Oh, and thanks for all your color suggestions on Facebook btw! I went with Dora’s Duck Egg Blue but they were all inspiring color ideas!
I hope this restyle has inspired you to take a second look at more readily available mass produced pieces of furniture. If you like the shape and style and the piece is still in good shape, adding some color and new hardware can easily transform the look!