Sunday, October 2, 2011

Lingerie chest make over...

Ok, confession time... I love yard sale... yard sales, garage sales, estate sales... I love it all.
I love the idea that I can see "something" in what someone else wants to give away... Yes, 9 times out of 10, the stuff people have strewn out on their lawns are old utensils, used clothes, and broken appliances... but every now and then, if you look REALLY hard (or just get lucky), you'll find a gem with some potential.

Insert, this little baby I scored for $30 beans.
Another personal confession: I hate wood. Not like the ACTUAL wood-wood, but just the 1970's, blonde, way-too-boring, everyone-and-their-grandmother-had-a-piece-like-this wood. I like things that are different... fun.... exciting... and "UNIQUE" (my FAVORITE word). So I knew that I would want to paint this sucka...

Also, maybe next uglies thing opposed to plain wood, is brass... why oh why, Dear God, would anyone every make something in brass?! The good news is that with a handy little can of spray paint, brass can turn oil rubbed bronze (the purdiest).

The only bad news about my little Lingerie Chest find is that the INSIDE of drawers are lined with felt... and super glued to stay that way. So instead of destroying the inside of the drawers, i thought "hey, why not just spray paint the knobs first, cover them up, then paint the wood?"
(Holy moley... what did I do?)
Oh my... ummm... wow.... well, ummm... I think I starred at this in disgust for about 15 min... and left it outside overnight, in the dark, hoping it would be prettier in the morning. Spoiler Alert: it wasn't.

Oh well, time to put on my big girl panties (enjoy that visual), and keep going! So I covered up my painted oil rubbed bronze knobs the best I could and started to prime!(Pop quiz: how many cans of primer does it take to butcher a lingerie chest? Answer: 1.5)

So as I get down to the bottom pulls, I decide my little plan isnt going to work... bummer. So I go with Plan B... murder the felt on the inside of the drawers.(yes, i literally took a steak knife to it to make this happen)
And what do you know?! Once its out, the screws are just waiting there for me to... umm... unscrew them (why does that sound weird?)
(this lingerie chest keeps getting sexier and sexier huh?)

I then put paint tape on the inside so the inside so that GORGEOUS pink felt wouldn’t get any paint on it.(ohhh… ahhhhh)

And continued with the spray paint.I then put a paint primer on top of the spray paint primer (what can I say, I love to prime). But oh, what to do about the footsies?... Flip that B!

(I can say with 99% certainty that I flipped this over with a single hand in one swift motion… It would have been a youtube hit if Gus or Rocky knew how to operate a video camera… pft, lazy dogs)

After the primer, I painted it my mom’s favorite color of “white”… Swiss Coffee, by Dunn Edwards… I know it looks pretty much the same as white-white, but its just a BIT more creamy and it goes with a lot more…

Via one of my favorite sites, Pinterest, I have a new love for stripes, especially Chevron stripes… like here, and here.
I thought it would be simple so I got my Frogger tape and taped away… this is where I got after an hour.
(I’m not joking)

Shiezer! This is a LOT harder than it looks… lining everything up, measuring perfectly, trying, retrying, cursing at my ruler that it’s lying to me (I swear it was!). Finally, after another 45 min (and spending 4 hours so far on this project), I wanted to stop, but not after giving myself a little sneak peak at what I was working so hard on… Enter, grey.
(Yes it looks light, but I didn’t want anything that had too sharp of a contrast)

Then, wait for it, BAMB!(oh this will work… me likey)

Enter Day 2:
I knew I wanted to finish it before Chris got home from Vegas (Bachelor Party… I hear someone got trapped on a roof, but when he started talking about a tiger in the bathroom, I zoned out). So I was under the very watchful eye of these two…
(I love how Rocky has his gangsta lean on and Gus is squinting like some Italian Mob guy)

ANYWAY, I finished with side 1 and started on side 2…(who doesn’t love a paint tape tree??!!)

At this point, Im questioning my sanity… which seems to happen a lot when I decide to do projects that start with the saying “How long could it take?”

Side 2 done… I may have squealed when I put the last tape piece on… that is a LOT of measuring, taping, and cursing to get this far.
(seriously, I almost vote to keep it green)

But when I finish with the paint, put the drawers back in, take off the tape… I nearly peed myself with the final result.(I mean really… come on… )

From the front…(work it)
And the other side…(I want to personally name each stripe… that’s literally how much time I spent on them… I feel like we have a special bond)

And just for those who don’t want to scroll back up to the top, here is the Before/After shot.Here’s a little break down of how much the entire project cost:

- Lingerie Chest - $30
- Spray primer - $0 (already owned)
- Paint primer - $0 (already owned)
- Swiss Coffee - $0 (already owned)
- Grey accent paint - $2.97 (small paint sampler)
- Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint - $0 (already owned)
- Paint brushes (I needed little ones for touch ups) - $4.94
-My life – minus 8 hours… (probably a couple years off the back end too)

- Total: $37.91

TOTALLY worth it! Or at least I think so… what do you guys think?! I would LOVE you’re feedback!!!

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  1. that looks great! it clearly took a lot of work (you want to name each stripe, that's hilarious!) and you said shiza (which is clearly not the real way it is spelled) but i'm sure you know what i mean. i wish i could look at a piece and see what it could become, but i am suuper bad at that!

  2. This turned out amazing! I love the chevron stripes - so creative! Don't you just hate it when your ruler or other tools won't cooperate? I have a level that I swear is just a hair off. Thanks for linking up @ the Delectable Home.

  3. Very nice! Love the chevron! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Alrighty, that is stinkin' adorable!

  5. Looks great!! Love that we are neighbors. Thanks for linking up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam.

  6. This looks amazing! Totally worth all the crazy effort, right? Coincidentally, I think this would fit perfectly in my bedroom right where I need a new little piece of can send it over any time. ;)

  7. Aaaah I love this! So flipping awesome!!! And you had me laughing from start to finish; love how you write! I'm so a follower! :)

  8. Stunning! I love chevron! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!


  9. OMG! Yay! That would be amazing! I'm pretty new to blogging so I really appreciate the support!!

  10. Wow what a transformation!! I love the stripes!

  11. Beautiful! I LOVE it!!! I moved from the DFW area to Oklahoma a year ago... I saw you were from Dallas! :)

  12. Fab project and you totally cracked me up!!

  13. Oh my, wonderful transformation! Yes why not spray paint the knobs first, genius!

  14. I love yard sales, too! You can find some awesome things there! I love the makeover! Your lingerie chest turned out great!


  15. Okay, I'm a follower, because that chest is just DDG and you made me laugh so hard with your story telling that I just about peed my pants! Thanks for linking and I can't wait to see what you share next week.
    Big hugs,

  16. wow, i love the transformation, it would be great if you could come and link up to my new linky party at xxx

  17. Oh the after is soooooo much better. I'm your newest follower I would love to have you follow back.


  18. I absolutely adore how it turned out and featured it tonight!

  19. So creative!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  20. This piece turned out AWESOME and you crack me up. 'I almost peed myself?' Ha! I love your excitement over DIY projects. :) Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday!


  21. I love the updated look of this!! I adore chevron - nice touch on the sides!! I featured you today!!

  22. It turned out AWESOME! And smart smart smart idea with painting the doorknobs 1st! Bravo! And your cutie-pie dogs do look just like u described them fuuunny!

  23. I have one of those too and have been eyeballing it for a nice white coat of paint but dang thats a lot of work! Your looks so awesome though I may have to just suck it up and go for it.

  24. I have this EXACT chest. Got mine at Goodwill for $20! :)I hate the wood. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. I love your makeover!! I have this exact same piece (from my MIL) and I was wondering, did you pain the inside of the side cabinets? I'm trying to decide if I should take them off and paint them separately or just to tape over the hardware when I paint. Thanks for any tips on tackling this piece! And BOOMER SOONER ;)

    1. Hi Jill... I didnt paint the inside of the cabinets, but I WOULD recommend taking off the hardware (if you can) before you paint. Another thing I would recommend is to have a template to make your chevron stripes instead of just eyeballing it using tape (mine are a little off... not by a lot but it kinda makes my OCD kick in). Thanks for stopping by! BOOMER SOONER!

  26. Great job! I stumbled on this a year after finishing the EXACT same piece!! Yours looks great! I redid the inside of mine too.

  27. Great makeover! However, I just thought you might want to know that it isn't a lingerie chest. It is a jewelry chest. That's why the drawers are lined with felt and the sides have doors that open. Keep up the DIY and makeovers!


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