Nursery sneak-peak: Refinished furniture

The nursery is just about all completed. I need to put some pictures in frames, but I didn’t want to do the big reveal until I got some sweet baby pictures in them. But I will share with you some of the projects!

We decided to try and find a long dresser to use as a changing table and when looking on Craigslist was a bust, I made plans to hit some yard sales. Marc had never, ever, even once, been to a yard sale! We use to go quite often when we were children, but I hadn’t gone in some time. Luckily for my husband, the first yard sale we hit was a success! We brought home a dresser AND a nightstand for $30!

I sanded, primed, and used a sample size jar of paint to do the night stand. I am stashing all my breast-feeding supplies and burp cloths there since it is near the glider. Remember when I repainted the glider and said how great those sample sizes of paint were? Well, the size and cost is awesome, but the paint quality is not. I realized this after I painted the dresser. I bought a quart of satin paint for the dresser and the difference was HUGE. I didn’t even sand most of the dresser, just primed it, and it only needed one full coat of paint and some touch ups. All the other pieces of furniture I did with the sample paints had about 3 coats and still needed touch ups.

I really wish I would have taken a real “before” picture of the dresser. The old drawers only give you a snapshot. I LOVE how the dresser turned out! The blue was so lovely to work with and so pretty! I bought some regular knobs at Wal-mart and I just love how the dresser turned out.

We savedĀ  lots of money by going this route as well:

  • Nighstand: $10
  • Dresser: $20
  • Primer: $9 (and used for other projects)
  • Sample of orange paint: $3
  • Quart of blue paint: $16
  • 12 knobs: $14

For less than $100 we have two pieces of furniture! You can’t even buy a dresser for that much, and sometimes you can’t even find a night stand for less than $100!

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Home Projects to Try!

I’ve been spending too much time on the internet for no good reason. Unless boredom and not being very motivated is a good reason.

Anyways.

We are edging closer and closer to owning our new home and I am excited about the crafting and decorating projects! I found some great tutorials for a few things on my to-do list.

 

How to Paint Upholstered Furniture

I have a chair that I need to try this on. I’ve scoured the interwebs and these are the 2 tutorials that I thought would work the best and were the best cost-wise

Click the picture to take you to detailed instructions!

Here is another great blog that tried a slightly different technique:

A painted print!

How to Paint a Table to Look Like New

I am trading my brother tables just so I can personalize it by painting and reupholstering. This tutorial was very straight-forward and easy to follow.

These two projects are definitely on my list of things to do, regardless of our place of living. I have lots of other things on my list if we get the house.

I can wait to start on gardening projects, too!