First off, I want to say thank you to all of you lovely readers that were so kind with comments and emails regarding yesterday’s $20 pallet wall post. You have no idea how awesome you make this job.
Speaking of yesterday, I gave you a quick sneak peak at a few of our latest projects for the first time. One of them being a thrifted dresser turned media console/ storage. Let’s take a look!
Our previous media console was great. Great in our last home. We didn’t have much room to work with and the size worked well. We also didn’t have any kids crawling around and getting their hands on every possible item left open. Yea, the entire console was open storage. It was actually a bookcase that we chose to use beneath the television. It was pretty. Just not functional for two munchkins.
On top of that, our television stopped working for a second time in the past six months. We opted to stop throwing money into it and just bite the bullet for a new one. We’d been hoping to do so in the future and this just pushed us along. With a new, and slightly bigger tv, the old media stand was really starting to look awkwardly small and out of proportion. And so, the hunt for a new one began.
Which ended quickly just days later, as I stumbled upon this beauty in a local thrift store.
For just $70, including a huge mirror that I have yet to figure out what to do with. Ok, it’s not your typical beauty, but the bones are great and it was awesome lines. Mmm those legs… Not creepy at all.
Yes, half the hardware was missing or mismatched and the top was scratched beyond the point of return. But I had big plans for this gal.
I started by taking the orbital sander to the large, flat surfaces and a sanding block to the others. You want to make sure to scuff up and shiny areas and the primer will do the rest.
I used a spray primer for reasons none other than being lazy and anxious to get this project moving. Usually Zinsser is my go-to primer, but I decided to switch things up a bit and try Kilz. Honestly, I didn’t love it. One major difference I noticed was a thin bumpy surface left by the Kilz primer that I’d never experienced with Zinsser. Not a huge deal, as a bit of extra sanding between coats took care of it, but more work none the less. Anyone else ever run into this problem?
Regardless, a few thin coats of primer and we were looking pretty good!
Onto the fun stuff. Color! We chose Ben Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone for the base coat. Which, if anyone is keeping tabs, is just a shade darker (on the same color swatch) as our wall color, Gray Husky. It’s the perfect neutral with just a touch of warmth. We had Sherwin Williams match the color with a can of Pro Classic in semi-gloss. I can not stress enough how important the brand of paint is when painting furniture. If you’re going to skimp on something, let it be the furniture, not the paint. Seriously. Pro Classic is magic. It has self-levelers that leave a professional, no brush strokes result that does not compare. I’ve also heard really great things about Ben Moore’s advance formula, but have yet to try it. If anyone is interested in painting something similar in size, know that we purchased an entire gallon and used maybe a 1/4 of it. Go with a quart.
Side note – No, I do not work for Sherwin Williams. We just really love sharing products that we love with you! Although, to be honest, I did work for them in college, haha. That could explain my passion and interest in painting.
As for application, I used a small brush (this one to be exact, it’s awesome!) and a foam roller on the larger surfaces.
Next up, the pattern on the drawers. I searched high and low for a pattern that I liked and came across this image. I was sold.
I wish there had been a quicker way to go about replicating this design, but I struggled to find one. With a triangle and ruler in hand, I started taping. The top portion first and then a day of drying time.
I’ve obsessed over frog tape before, so I won’t get into it again. It’s the bees knees. DO NOT try this without. Just saying.
My neighbors must think I’m crazy when they see my hunched over dresser drawers for hours in the garage. So worth that chance.
I’ve recently heard a lot of fuss about keeping the tape on until the paint dries, but I’ve always been taught the opposite. My view is, get the tape off before it dries and could possibly crack and peel off excess paint. I think the odds are higher for peeling paint than paint running. If not, you may be putting the paint on too thick.
We also picked up six of these white and chrome knobs from Home Depot. Love how they blend in and don’t distract from the piece.
The reason I fell so hard for this dresser in the first place was the placement of the drawers. I knew instatntly that we could remove the top row and they’d be perfect for the tv accessories (cable box, gaming system, etc.). Serious design fail? Not measuring to make sure they fit until after purchasing, sanding, and painting. They made it by 1/4 inch, no lie. Whew.
We couldn’t possibly have planned this piece any better. It holds all of our DVDs, video games, TV cables, and more!
And bonus, everything closes in hidden storage! So much easier to manage with the kiddos.
We also drilled a small hold in the back of the dresser to run the cables from the consoles to the wall outlet. Finally, hidden wires!
We’re so in love with the way this piece turned out and how the bold pattern pops off the rustic pallet wall. This whole room so perfectly represents our combined design tastes!