This post is sponsored by HomeRight.
I almost laughed when I posted this picture.
It looks so pretty and pristine. Right? Every detail where it should be. Like butter would melt in its mouth.
A painted dresser that I would take out for scones and sweet tea.
But where we started?
The road to get here? It was bumpy and rough and full of pitfalls. To quote George Costanza, “The sea was angry that day my friends.”
So here’s the day in the life of a project that was working overtime to turn into a lemon…..
….but I snatched it from the jaws of defeat and turned it into project lemonade.
Here’s the before.
Well….this is the before after its been primed.
Here’s the real before before.
It’s an IKEA Rast Dresser. $34.99 all day all the time.
Enter great project idea number one.
I was going to take these stickers (only $3.99 and 40%off) and cover the entire front of the drawers and create the look of an embossed wood panel.
Except this idea occurred to me at minute number 37 of my Hobby Lobby visit and people were staring at me wanting to go to the water park and tapping their toes and sighing.
Lots and lots of sighing.
And I got frazzled and severely underestimated the number of stickers I needed per drawer (somehow I forgot there were three of them).
Enter brilliant idea number 2.
The embossed panel look would just be in the center of each drawer.
Overall embossed drawers are so 2014, I told myself.
So I applied the stickers like this.
Brilliant idea number 3.
Just between us…I was a little intimidated. I’ve never used a paint sprayer before. I wasn’t even sure what to expect when it came out of the box.
But it was SO easy.
It came with a sprayer part that looks like this.
You fill up the jar with paint.
We added SW Mindful Gray (of course).
And you screw it onto the sprayer.
This is the base of the sprayer (with a space for an extra jar of paint so you don’t have to stop and refill) that attaches onto a very, very, very long hose which attaches onto the sprayer.
You plug it in and spray and literally 10 minutes later it looks like this.
Isn’t the finish so pretty?
If you surface is a little bit rough from the primer (like the top).
You just let it dry, sand it and spray another coat.
So here’s my embossed wood.
Pretty…but a little boring.
Enter brilliant idea number 4 (have you lost count about now). I would add a little white to the tops of the stickers to make them pop.
Except when I added the white, the paint got all over the dresser, not just on the tops of the stickers.
Frantically, I grabbed a paper towel and started trying to scrub off the white paint which started dripping down the front of the dresser.
And in the process of scrubbing (you totally know where this is going)….
….I scrubbed the some of the stickers right off.
I could have cried.
I picked up those pieces of stickers, torn and wet and covered in white paint and tried to stick them back on.
They fell off.
And brought some more sticker friends with them.
And all of a sudden mid-restick….I noticed something.
The pattern under the stickers was so pretty.
And here’s where I had my most brilliantest idea of the day.
Peel off the stickers to show the beautiful pattern underneath.
So I peeled off the rest of the stickers.
And revealed the beautiful pattern and added knobs.
And photographed it with fresh hibiscus flowers from the yard.
It turned out perfect and wonderful and fancy with a little bit of sass….
….just like I planned it all along. 🙂
PS If you want some other amazing dresser projects….click here to see them all over at the HomeRight website.
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