Every parent knows this story: Kids' toys start in their room and somehow take over every room of the house. For blogger Jen of City Farmhouse, this was an all-too-familiar refrain when her kids were young. Her living room was littered with toys, and she wanted a place to quickly stash these items when guests came over. She was also on a tight budget, so she sought out a thrifted piece that would suit her needs.
Jen found the storage piece she was looking for in a dated vintage dresser. The wood sported the blah brown finish of many inexpensive thrift store finds, but the construction was solid and the drawer pulls were still in good condition. She took it home and geared up for a major furniture makeover.
Tip: When scouring resale shops and flea markets, examine a piece of furniture carefully before you buy it. Is it structurally sound? Are any pieces missing? Will it be worth the cost of updating it? Check for any unpleasant odors, water damage, mold, and bugs. If anything seems suspicious or raises red flags, it's best to skip it.
Jen went with a classic creamy white to match her other living room furniture and decor. She removed the hardware, then got to work on the painting process. Note: Depending on the finish, some pieces may need to be stripped before they can be painted. If you aren't stripping the furniture, the basic steps are as follows. Always wear a protective mask and work in a well-ventilated area when priming and painting.
Step 1. Clean and wipe down surfaces
Step 2. Apply primer and let dry
Step 3. Sand and wipe with tack cloth
Step 4. Paint and let dry, applying additional coats if needed
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Although she liked the handles the dresser came with, Jen wanted a different look. She coated the existing hardware in a glass spray paint to give them the appearance of vintage mercury glass. The reinstalled pulls pop against their white background. Now, the finished dresser-turned-storage-unit sits on one side of the living room as a place to display a piece of abstract art, add additional lighting to the room via a pair of lamps, and of course, stash any stray toys.