And after priming…
It was time for paint! I chose the color Youthful Coral from Behr and got a pint in the Interior Semi-Gloss Enamel (and No-VOC for the nursery). I mostly used the 1.5 and 3 inch brushes. I splurged a bit and bought the Purdy brushes, since I’d heard they were such good quality and helped show less brush strokes. There were still a few visible brush strokes, but only if you got close after 3+ coats.
Touch ups on the top (fourth coat)… I used a small foam roller for the top on the third coat, but it didn’t cover as nicely as I liked, so I used the large brush to do one good final coat and it turned out great.
Next up was attacking those knobs. I had heard about Brasso from this blog (and one of my inspiration dressers) and it worked like a charm! I enlisted Zach to help me polish up the handles since I heard it was really smelly and didn’t want to be around it in my “condition.” 🙂 It probably took about an hour to get all six of the long drawer handles (and various pieces) polished. Not easy work and a lot of scrubbing, but for $2 and a little elbow grease it was well worth it! Check out the difference it made.
I could not handle the ring knobs on the middle drawers though. They kept reminding me of the nose rings that you would see on a bull. Even when they were spruced up. No thanks. So for the middle drawer knobs, I bought two sets of three each while I was in Arizona at Hobby Lobby (similar to these ones and these ones from Anthro). The knobs at Hobby Lobby are so much more reasonably priced and they have a lot of the same styles as Anthropologie. They cost around $3.99 each, but were 50% off when I bought them! I decided on the white flower shaped knobs because they looked awesome and the aqua polka dots were a little too much with the coral dresser. Plus, the white flower shaped knobs matched the flower design on the original knobs.
I did end up leaving the base part from the original ring shaped pulls. I liked the flower shape and it made it so I didn’t have to do any hard core sanding and/or refilling of the grooves that they left on the drawer fronts.
I also decided to paint over the brass decals that were along the bottom. I originally had the two squares on either side taped off, but didn’t like the hard contrast once the rest of the dresser was painted. I like them painted the same color much better – still keeps the detail, but doesn’t distract from the rest of the dresser’s fun details.
You may notice that she has a middle leg, which I kind of forgot to paint (see it in the picture below? Still brown. Oops!). I don’t know if I could have reached it even if I did remember it, but I think I’m going to be lazy and just leave it for now. Unless I can convince my lovely husband to get down there and give it a quick coat or two. Obviously it’s not super noticeable or else I would have done it in the first place! Haha.
I was also thinking about doing a top coat of polyurethane to really seal and protect the piece, but the enamel semi-gloss is pretty sturdy and I think it should hold up well. At least for now. Honestly, I’m so glad I’m done with this piece now and that I started when I did because I am getting so uncomfortable. To have to bend over and paint any more would not be fun. I was getting really out of breath towards the end! Especially since I was fully clothed, gloved and had my surgeon-grade face mask on (safety first!).
The only thing I still want to do is get some fun paper to line the drawers. Maybe a fun pattern or even some pretty florals? I’ll be sure to post an update when I get around to it!
I’m so pleased with how it turned out! I think it will look amazing in the nursery (which I can’t wait to get all set up!). Here’s another before and after just for funsies. I love seeing the dramatic change. So much fun.
What are you working on these days? Any fun DIY projects? I feel like I’m in full on nesting mode right now and want to make a ton of stuff! Next up for me is a DIY pouf ottoman!