and… spray paint… again

I think I should go ahead and change the name of this here blog to “Spray Painted Casita,” ’cause I can’t stop doing it.

I bought this dresser on Craigslist about a year ago and it caused quite a stir in the Jeyifo household. The very next day, a friend of mine came upon a large bureau. He gave me a call and offered it up for free. Since I can’t say no to free anything, I gave him a hearty thank you and phoned my husband, who told me unequivocally: No More Dressers. I hemmed and hawed, saying I had uses for all of them and well, it only takes a little paint to render even the ugliest dresser usable. I lost the fight after conceding that we had absolutely no space for a fourth empty dresser in the apartment and surprise, surprise… This ugly piece sat in the room-where-things-go-to-die for over twelve months.

Better late than never though, right? I used my muscles to sand this baby down on Friday night and commenced painting Sunday morning. A can and a half of blue-gray Ace brand spray paint and she’s good as new.

Apologies for the dark photo. Our bedroom is cave-like and natural light just doesn’t exist in there. What looks like a mar on the upper left drawer is just an illusion; I went back and checked the darn thing after viewing this photo to see if I had scratched it in my haste to bring it indoors.

Moral of the story? The next time you see a super hideous dresser with stars and fish painted on the top for $35, buy it. Just try not to collect them and don’t let it sit for a year before you put in work.

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17 responses to “and… spray paint… again

  1. This has totally inspired me to finally get around to refinishing the card catalog cabinets my mom (we’re a family of librarians) scored for me a couple of years ago. I’ve been dreading sanding all the little drawers and taking off the hardware. What do you use to sand?

    • Card catalogs! So jealous! Every time I see them in antique stores I swoon. I use sandpaper blocks– like these little guys: http://abrapowerusa.com/products/standard-block.html

      I’m not sure if that’s the best product to use but it has really worked well for me. It look me about forty-five minutes to sand and about fifteen to paint. The big trouble was moving the thing around. My back is still killing me 🙂

  2. is it just me or do you get paint in your nose hairs when u spray paint? i painted some stuff outside last week and it wasn’t *that* windy but i still managed to turn my nose hairs silver.

  3. Wow! You are really skilled with the spray paint. That’s a technique I have yet to try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Kim from Milwaukee

    A year? hahahahaha mine’s been sitting for about 10 years, half done! I keep thinking I’m going to do some fancy shmancy technique on it, so there it sits, half stripped of its ugly brown paint.

    You’ve inspired me to just get a can of spraypaint and do it, already!

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  11. All you have to do is sand the wood and then spray it? That’s it? No sealant or anything afterwards?

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