Ok, so remember in one of my earlier posts about painting a filing cabinet I talked about this wonderful furniture graveyard at my old work in Indiana? In that same furniture scavenge, I also found an old (heavy) office cabinet. I thought it might make a nice dresser with some little drawers for the New York apartment. :)
This is what the cabinet looked like before:
My dad helped me add a little base at the bottom so that the doors wouldn't brush on the ground every time you openend them. I think this cabinet was hanging on the wall in one of the bank offices originally-- and now it's got a new life holding clothes.
Here's my dad painting some furniture. Heh. The table and chairs are my sister's, so he just painted the cabinet while he was painting her stuff. :) Those paint sprayers like the one my dad is using are INCREDIBLE.
And here's what the cabinet looked like in my room of the apartment all white and sterile-looking. At this point I was totally regretting the paint job because it looks like a hospital cabinet or something. But then I saw this print on A Beautiful Mess and I knew that I had to try something on the dresser. :)
A sponge cut in an equilateral triangle, paint, a plate, and of course, the trusty, trusty Mod Podge. #AmIrightAmy? ;) I used the matte kind.
Optional for this project-- a very kind boyfriend who helps you fill in the hundreds of triangles. Ha ha ha.
While this project is not very difficult, it is a bit on the tedious/time-consuming side. The first thing that I did to the dresser was stamp all of the triangles on the dresser as a template. Then Sean and I filled in all of the triangles with black paint. I contemplated using a potato as a stamp because there wouldn't be as many holes to fill in, but I'm glad that I used a sponge in the end because I didn't have to refill on paint as much.
Also-- Sean had never heard of a potato stamp. What person who grew up going to school in the United States of America doing finger paintings and art projects has never heard of a potato stamp?? :)
After you fill in all of the triangles, add a layer of Mod Podge on top so that your dresser is sealed. I've said it before and I'll say it a million times again, Mod Podge is the most incredible stuff for finishing projects!
A closeup of the print. Not perfect, but still a lot better than the white cabinet.
Some of my necklaces-- including a few from the Styled by Tori Spelling post I did a while back. :)
Nothing makes a room more cheerful than some Christmas lights and pennant banners. :)
And we've definitely got a black and white + color theme going on in the apartment. Kind of feels like my wardrobe, now that I think of it. :)