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.
The dresser/cabinet with the beginning of my Instax collection on the door.
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.
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!