Dresser Redo

When we started planning the nursery, we knew that we needed a few key pieces of furniture. Unfortunately, the big ticket items typically come with a big price tag. Still, we did our research and put realistic budgets for those items: cribs, changing table, and rocker/glider. This is the story of our dresser.

Dresser Redo - Doyle Dispatch

We gave ourselves a budget of $700 for the dresser, and I immediately started looking. I wanted to see what was out there before we bought something. I loved the idea of getting a dresser in a second-hand store and redoing it, but I was unsure if I would be happy with a used pieces of furniture for this piece. It had to be not only good-looking, but functional as well.

For about a week, I was thinking of taking a trip up to Ikea, where they have some moderately-priced dressers that I could easily use for  a changing table (about $300-400). This would still get me under-budget, even if I wanted to replace the handles with a more nautical-themed pull (which I did).

Then, one Friday morning as I lay in bed looking at the Facebook page of my favorite second-hand store Class and Trash, this popped up on my phone:

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

WHA???!!!! First of all, look at that dresser! 10 drawers: 4 of them are small and 6 large ones. It has a bit of style to it, perfect for a beachy decor. Then, look at the price. $100!!!????!!!!???? How can that be? There MUST be something wrong with it. Wait, there is: a missing pull. I didn’t care, because I was going to replace them anyway.

Well, the way that Class and Trash works is that you can comment on the picture to tell everyone else in a nice way to back off, because this is yours. The shop doesn’t consider it to be yours unless you call them (which I did at 7:10 AM, even though they didn’t open until 10) and pay for it. So, I made sure to get ready and be there when they opened at 10. I made a b line for the dresser, which seemed to have golden rays streaming out from it.

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch


Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch


Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

I opened all of the drawers, and I found that they all worked perfectly. So easy! It felt like it was brand new! So then I quickly walked (waddled?) over to the front counter to claim the dresser as mine. I didn’t want anyone else getting my gem. I told them my name, and they said, “Didn’t you just call about that dresser? Great! I won’t have to call you back.” Yes, I was a liiiiiittle anxious for my dream dresser.

In order to save $50 on delivery, Tim came with me the next day to pick it up in his car. It fit perfectly.

Next: shopping for drawer pulls.Remember that I had a $700 budget for the dresser, so I didn’t have to go cheap for the pulls. I had been looking online to see what I liked, and I realized that Anthropologie has some amazing pulls in their stores. They are a little expensive, but I still had $600 in the budget.

We then pulled out (pun intended) one of each of the pulls that we liked and looked at them together. These are only some of them:

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch


We then pulled out our favorites:

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

We had a hard time deciding, but we ended up liking two styles. So, we bought 10 of each of them, figuring that we would try out one of each style, and return the 10 “rejects.” Now, why not just buy one of each? Well, we didn’t want to pick out the one we liked, only to come back and find out we couldn’t get 10 of them. It was easier just to spend the money up front and then return them in a day or two.

So, once we got home, we got a drawer out and tried to two favorites:

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

We decided that, although we were in love with the old-looking style of the mother-of-pearl/bronze, there was something so whimsical about the bubble glass. So, bubble glass it was:

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

After that, the only thing left was to get painting supplies for the dresser. I knew that I wanted to use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, because I just had fallen in love with her line.

I was unsure of which color I needed, because I wanted it to match perfectly with the cribs we had ordered from Pottery Barn. Luckily, PB Kids (and I’m sure PB does this too) will sell you a wood sample of their colors, so you can match it to other furniture items. The saleslady explained that you can have it for 30 days and then return it for a full refund. Perfect!

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

So, with my wooden sample in our crib color in hand, I took a trip up to Thrill of the Hunt in Ashland to get my paint. The salesman was very helpful, and he got me hooked up with something to clean and prep the dresser for painting, the paint, and the clear wax coating.

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Now, all we had to do was find a free weekend to paint. Easier said than done.

Fast forward about 3 weeks, and we finally had a weekend where we weren’t traveling to be with family or planning/throwing a bridal shower.

Tim, being the amazingly protective daddy-to-be, didn’t want me to use the furniture prep, so he rubbed that whole dresser down, including all 10 of the drawers. Then after a short drying time, it was ready to paint!

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch


The pictures above make the dresser look like it was already a great shade of white, and if we weren’t oh-so-picky, it would have been fine. It did, however, have a distressed and slightly dirty look to it, and I knew that some white paint would clean that baby right up.

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch


Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch

Because Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is low VOC, it is safe for preggos to paint using it. Woohoo! I really didn’t want to just stand back and let Tim have all the fun, so I’m glad I got to get my hands dirty too. Literally. My hands did get dirty. I’m not the cleanest of painters, but I do have fun!

Dresser Redo - The Doyle Dispatch


I was amazed at the difference in colors after just one swipe with the brush.

Well, two coats of paint later, and a bit of wax to make it un-chalky and more of a shiny, glossy finish, and our dresser was completed!

Then, duh, duh, DUUUUUUUUH… we go to attach the pulls and discover that the 10 that we originally bought weren’t enough. Yes, we have 10 drawers. The four top drawers just need one pull. The bottom 6, however, need 2 pulls. So, we actually need 16 pulls total. Oh no!

So, off we go to Anthropologie to get our extra pulls. They didn’t have any in the store, so we went ahead and ordered them. We got 10 more (although we only needed 6), just in case some broke or we wanted a different look, since they are all unique.

Here the run-down on the final cost:

Dresser: $105.94
Pulls: $84.24
Pulls (2nd Round): $84.20
(I don’t know why it cost less to get the 2nd group of 10)
Pottery Barn Paint Chip: $21.06 (returnable)
Chalk Paint: $71.88

Total: $346.26 ($367.32 with paint chip)

Not too bad, considering the fact that we were $353.74 UNDER budget!

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

IMG_3497 What?
Chalk paint? Do you mean chalkBOARD paint?
yes and no. Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint is a decorative paint that
has been around for years (according to her website, over 20). The
idea is that it is a versatile paint that acts like a limewash to
make an older look to freshly-painted furniture. IMG_3488 Ok, but can’t I
use paint from the hardware store for that?
Sure, but
not in the same way. The great thing about Chalk Paint is that it
has no odor, and you don’t need to pre-treat the surface before
using it. That means no sanding, no priming, just painting. It is
simply heavenly for an impatient crafter like me. So
There are around 30 different colors to choose
from, but there are endless ways to mix, match, and further treat
the colors to get basically any look that you want. My first use of
the Chalk Paint was for my new menu board, and I wanted a flat
color. I am planning on using it in the future for the surface of
my map table. I just need to have a top coat of the clear wax to
make sure the paint surface stays scuff-free and a little shiny.
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Chalk Paint Colors” src=”http://timanddory.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/annie-sloan-chalk-paint-colors.png?w=178″ width=”178″ height=”300″ /></a> <em>The name says<br />
it’s “chalk paint.” Can I use it to make a chalkboard?</em><br />
YES! You can use any of the colors to make a chalkboard surface.<br />
Colorful and versatile! <em>I want to learn more!</em><br />
Yeah, after seeing my neighbor use this stuff, I was pretty<br />
convinced too. To find out more information, you can go to Annie<br />
Sloan’s page about <a href=using the Chalk Paint. You can find
the American retailers here (I love
that they also have store hours on that page). Chalk Paint<br />
logo” src=”http://timanddory.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/chalk-paint-logo.png?w=261″ width=”261″ height=”300″ /></a> Here are some fellow<br />
bloggers and their take on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: <a href=Remodelaholic Carter’s Cottage (#1) Carter’s Cottage (#2) Hyphen Interiors Whimsical Perspective Northdixie Designs SAS Interiors The Purple Painted Lady The
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YHL Pinterest Challenge! DIY Menu Board Edition

Menu Board Before:After

Pinterest Challenge Winter 2013

Well, I have been LOVING YHL (Young House Love) for years, ever since we moved to Richmond and bought our house. I am finally going for it and taking part in one of their Pinterest Challenges! This one is the Winter Edition 2013. You can find their post and the link-up here.

The idea is that you have to make something that was inspired from something you pinned on Pinterest.

This was perfect timing, as I had this gross seen-better-days mirror that my dad got at my brother’s school’s community yard sale. I inherited it at the end of December or beginning of January.

Chalkboard Menu - The Doyle Dispatch

Side note: See, my dad is a lover of yard sales. He doesn’t need anything going into these yard sales, but once he sees something, he knows he needs to have it. This year’s Chanukkah gifts included several of these finds, by the way.

He gave it to me, knowing my love of things that can be turned into something great. Still, I just could not get past the roses. Or the boxy shape. It was sooo not my style.

Then, my amazing neighbor gave me some direction: a menu board! I had pinned them as something that I would love to make, but I just didn’t make the connection. I instantly told Tim my idea. He liked the idea, but then we talked and realized that we had NO wall space left. Between pictures, paintings, my family birthday sign, and other fun items, we really had nowhere logical for it to go (except the bathroom, and I don’t think it would fit there).

So it sat. And sat. And gathered dust while it sat some more. Let’s just say, it has been sitting around the Doyle garage for a while.

Then, YHL posted this Pinterest Challenge, and I knew I just had to bite the bullet and make my menu board!

So, here is the inspiration pin:

Just as a reminder, here is what I started with:

Chalkboard Menu - The Doyle Dispatch

Ok, so first step was to paint the mirror and inside with chalkboard paint. Why use chalkboard paint? Well, I have had it lying around, untouched, for about 4 years. I needed an excuse to crack it open.


After a long time of stirring and mixing (I probably shouldn’t have used the 4-year-old paint, but I was feeling cheap at the time), I was able to get one coat on the mirror and inside of the frame.


At first glance, it looked great! Then, you look up close and realize that you certainly do need another coat (or two) of paint.

IMG_3208Thankfully, that stuff dried really quickly, so I was able to get another coat of paint on pretty soon after the first coat. This is good, because I am an Impatient Nelly when it comes to my crafts. (Use your Veruca Salt voice: I want it done now!)

While I was waiting for it to dry, I decided to go ahead and get those roses out! In hindsight, I should have waited for the paint to dry first, but remember Impatient Nelly here. To do this, I needed to first smash the glass. I tried to be gentle at first.

IMG_3213Fast forward 20 taps later and a still-whole piece of glass. Time to let out some aggression.


Of course, as I didn’t have anything covering this pane of glass(yes, my eyes and feet were protected), some glass did fly up. Some landed on my newly-painted chalkboard paint (before coat #2, so I was still able to get a smooth-ish finish), and some on the ground. Just a reminder that you may want to wear shoes in our garage for the next week or so.

Still waiting for the paint to dry here, so I smashed the other two panes (it was all actually one pane, but just in 3 parts)… this time covering them so all glass stayed in the roses. Then, I carefully removed the pieces of glass. Yes, there was glass all over those roses.

IMG_3217Oh darn, they had to go.

IMG_3216They were my least favorite thing about the whole original mirror, so I LOVED pulling them out one by one.

Once they were out, I had to pull their cardboard base out.


See my dirty hands? I love being messy when I paint!

Then, an UGH moment: styrofoam. So, I broke it and pulled it out.


This is why I dislike styrofoam.


Static-y pieces of leftover styrofoam. Ugh.

So, what’s a girl to do? Paint the inside with more chalkboard paint!

IMG_3230Not the neatest of my paint jobs, but it would do for now.


Once I applied the 2nd coat all over, I took a break for a couple of days until I could run to Thrill of the Hunt and pick up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


Cue the angels singing

This was the first time I’ve used chalk paint, and I now know why people swear by it. It was expensive (about $30 for that one quart of paint), but with no sanding, priming, or any prep, I would happily pay that amount.

The first coat went on fine, but then it seemed to clump up together a bit. I would assume this is due to the waxy nature of the original wood.



Coat #2 went on much smoother, as if the base of the chalk paint allowed the paint to adhere better.

IMG_3496With the painting done, now I could focus on the details. And if you have read any of my recent (last 3 months) blog posts, you know that this means it is time for my SILHOUETTE CAMEO!!!


I took this opportunity to use the print-and-cut feature on the Silhouette. I had to make registration marks (so that once it was printed, the Silhouette would be able to recognize where it needed to cut) and the outline for the menu cards.

Registration Marks

Then, I used the text feature to create text for the lettering. In order to print them, you can use the cut style button to make sure that the text is selected as “no cut.” Then, you just need to fill in the text with whatever color you want to use (black).

Cut Tool

Then, we just lined up the food choices with the tags.

Menu Cards Pic

Ready? Print!

(No image here… sorry!)

Then, you just have to line the paper up on the cutting mat, have the Silhouette detect the registration marks, and you are ready to cut!

Detect Registration Marks

After I cut those items, we had to get the rest of the labels for the menu board.


Of course, they were done in vinyl! I used my favorite font EVER “Lobster 2.”

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Skip ahead to the final look:

Menu Board.jpg

Not bad, right?

Menu Board Before:After


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