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April 28, 2015

Gray Dresser Redo | {Megan}

April 28, 2015

The last summer that I lived in Maryville, I sublet a one bedroom apartment by myself. Because I had previously had a roommate, there were a few things that I needed, so I would often check the Maryville Facebook swap pages. One day when I was scrolling through the swap pages I stumbled upon a short three-drawer dresser for $10 and decided to buy it. It really wasn't my taste, but at the time I needed the extra storage for my clothes. It wasn't until a year and a half later that I finally decided to make it pretty!

I had finally come to the conclusion that it would make a perfect entryway dresser—a place to put my keys, mail, gloves, hats and whatever else I may need when entering or exiting my home. On this piece, I decided I wanted to a do a darker gray color. The color I chose was called "Tabby Cat Grey" in Valspar paint. I ended up doing two coats of paint on the body of the dresser and three coats on the top since I would be setting things on it.

After the paint was dry and set, I added a coat of polycrylic to the entire dresser to seal it. As with most projects, I came across an issue. The poly ended up making the top of the dresser look really streaky. After debating on what could be done to fix it, I had the idea of putting wallpaper on the top of it. I found some extra paintable wallpaper that my mom had and we immediately glued it to the top using Elmer's spray glue.

I would definitely recommend having two people to do this step. After letting the dresser set for a day, I painted the wallpaper, which took two coats. Because the surface I was painting was wallpaper, most of the painting was dabbing the paint onto the surface to get the paint in all the little grooves.

When it came to the hardware, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do. After a little debating, I decided that instead of replacing the handles, I would take the existing ones and paint the wood part the same color as the dresser. Once the handles dried and I put them back on, I knew I'd made a good choice. They looked great and really completed the dresser!

Here's the list of supplies that I used for this little dresser's makeover:
1. Deglosser
2. Sandpaper
3. Valspar paint (Taby Cat Grey)
4. Paint brush
5. Paintable wallpaper
6. Scissors
7. Elmer's spray glue

See my past dresser redo here!

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