*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Behr. All opinions are 100% mine.
Hey there and happy 2017!!! I hope you had a great holiday!
I’m so excited to kick off this new year by partnering with Behr on a project for their Behr Designer Stories series on the Behr.com website. My project for the series was all about taking a $9 Goodwill dresser from drab to fab in one weekend with Behr paint, and I can’t wait to show you the results (I’m also hosting a giveaway so make sure you enter for your chance to win a $50 Home Depot gift card at the bottom of the post).
When we lived in Illinois I found this awesome vintage Ethan Allen dresser at a local Goodwill shop for just $9. (I may have run to the register with the ticket before someone else got it) Anyway, it sat in our basement for months and eventually made it’s way down to North Carolina with us, with the hopes that I would find the time to give it a makeover. When Behr approached me to do a project for their Designer Stories series, I knew that the old dresser would be the perfect candidate and that it would finally get a much needed facelift.
We live in a small home, with limited storage options, so the dresser is the perfect piece to makeover so that we could store our extra clothing. It was in fair condition, with a lot of surface scratches and it sat low to the ground, but it was solid (and did I mention cheap!), so all it really needed was a fabulous new paint color and 4 sturdy legs to give it a brand new look.
To start this project, I had to choose a paint color. This piece was going to live in our guest bedroom, so I wanted to choose a light, soft color to really transform it. Looking over all of the beautiful Behr paint color chips at Home Depot, I quickly narrowed my choices to the soft blue/green tones and chose Behr Premium Plus® Interior Satin Enamel Paint & Primer In One in “Sea Ice”.
As I said, the dresser was in fair shape so I knew that I would need to do some prep before I could begin painting. Before I began the prep though, I needed to attach the 4 new legs.
To start, I turned the dresser upside down to attach the wood pieces, using wood glue and screws, so that I could add the mounting plates for the legs.
After the wood was attached, I screwed on the leg mounting plates.
Once all 4 plates were attached, the feet were ready to be attached. Before I could do that though, I had to prep and paint them. A quick sanding and 2 coats of the BEHR “Sea Ice” and, once they were dry, I screwed them into the metal plates.
Now that the legs were done, and my dresser was standing taller, it was time to prep it for paint.
Prep isn’t the most fun part of a project but it’s definitely an important step. To start the prep of our dresser, I removed the pulls and knobs and took out the drawers.
Then I sanded the dresser and drawers. After I finished sanding, I cleaned everything with warm water and a damp cloth, careful to remove all of the dust. Once it was clean and dry, it was on to the next step and fun part of the project…painting! This paint already had primer in it so there was no need to prime first. It’s always a good thing when you can skip a step, right?
I decided to ditch the brush for a mini roller for this project. I rolled on the first coat of paint and was thrilled with the way it was looking. The paint went on smoothly, covered well and I loved the new color .
I let the paint dry a few hours and rolled on a second coat. Fortunately, the paint didn’t raise the grain so I didn’t have to sand between coats and I was able to get right back to painting. Once the second coat was finished, I left it to dry overnight.
By the next day, I was able to put the drawers back in the dresser and start the installation of the old knobs and new vintage pulls that I found. The original pulls were in fair condition but I wanted something simple, that was more my style.
The new pulls were the same size as the old ones so I didn’t have to drill new holes. They fit perfectly and I love how they look with the beautiful new paint color.
All that was left to do was to add a few pretty touches and it was ready for our extra clothes.
Want to see how the dresser turned out?
Head on over to Behr.com and check out what a difference a weekend and a new coat of paint can make. I am so happy with the way it turned out, and I love having the extra storage. While you’re there, make sure you check out the page that the nice folks at Behr made just for me, with a few photos of the “fam”.
Now to the fun part…your chance to win a $50 Home Depot Gift Card!!! Good luck!