Last week when I went to the auction, my husband was out of town, so I figured I would only get small pieces I could unload and carry myself. But then I saw a cute little dresser that I knew I could carry myself if I had to! So I bid on it, and won, and it came home with me for $30.
I loved its shape, size, and roomy drawers for such a petite piece. I also loved its original hardware. What I didn’t love was the teddy bear decal and the dreary color. I was fairly certain that it was painted with lead paint because of the overall vibe of the dresser- feelin’ circa 1950. So I sanded it lightly. The only place where I sanded heavier was where the decal was. I primed it with Kilz Clean Start, and then used Benjamin Moore’s Spectra Blue in Aura satin (which is more like a semigloss). I then stenciled the two middle drawers with a stencil I found at the hob lobster.
I had seen this dresser that Nikki at Kreative Knack had done and loved it! Thanks so much, Nikki, for the inspiration!
I used DecoArt Winter White for the stenciling. Then I gave it all a light distressing. Before I put the knobs back on, I scubbed them with very fine steel wool so get some rusty crud off and make them shine again. I am really happy with how it turned out!