I am so excited to share this post today!! It's been a few weeks in the making but if you follow me on Instagram you've already recieved a few sneak peaks!
So almost two weeks ago, while browsing Craigslist for "dressers" I stumbled upon this campaign dresser! (Sorry...I had already removed some hardware when I took this pic!)
Of course, no where in the listing did it call it a campaign dresser, it was more like "old dresser" and it included some blurry pictures and here's the kicker....it was listed for just $20!! I responded to the ad and told her I lived in the same city she did and that I could pick it up ASAP! Of course, I don't have a truck, so I recruited a friend to help me pick it up and soon it was all mine! I let it sit for a few days as I researched ideas on what color to paint it. There were so many gorgeous examples in coral, green, mint, red, raspberry, black and white! It was a tough decision, but once it was made, I got to work!!
First here's a closer look at the condition of it...it had lots of tape residue on every single drawer, tops and even on the sides but that was nothing a little Goo Gone couldn't get rid of!
Once it was clean, I gently pried off the hardware - some pieces came off more easily than others but as soon I was able to jimmy the screwdriver into a corner, the whole thing popped right off without any issues.
I decided to primer and paint it with the "real" stuff vs spray paint so I picked up a small quart of Zinsser Cover Stain. I read that it's one of the best so I thought I'd give it a try. I also used a disposal foam brush to apply the two coats (yes...two coats of primer!) Again...a tip I read suggested two so I went with it.
I was really pleased with the way it covered. Once dry, it was time for some color!! I opted for a nice deep blue called "Wrought Iron" by Martha Stewart. Ooh la la!
I really love the color! It covered so nicely and 3 coats later I was done! It's kind of funny to look at the dresser without the drawers and especially without the hardware.
It's such a simple frame but it's completely transformed once the hardware is added. I cleaned the hardware to remove the dirt but decided to spray them in a gold metallic.
So are you ready for the after?? I'm just giddy over how it turned out!
I styled it with a tray, some fresh flowers, a few books, my gold "R" and a white lamp.
I just love the way the gold hardware pops against the blue!
And just for the heck of it, here's the before one more time...
And the after...
Don't you just love Craigslist??
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