Of course I sanded two dresser drawers before it dawned on me that I was working on a really old dresser. The paint was not the original coat; my father-in-law had repainted it for my sister-in-law’s arrival back in the 1980s. However, I was not sure if he had used some old paint laying around. I was concerned about lead paint and was cursing myself for not having a mask on. I should have had one on anyway regardless of the situation but I was off in the open garage, not thinking. I quickly put on a mask and continued on my way, making sure to have my husband call up his Mom to find out the details. Everything checked out but just keep these things in mind for future projects and you will forgo all the stress on your body.
Since I knew I would be installing new hardware (that I had not picked out or bought yet!) I filled in all the holes with wood filler. Super easy and kind of fun. Wait the allotted drying time and sand away to a smooth finish.
Now the fun part! I know, loving painting is kind of weird but I find it relaxing. I recently painted the bedroom walls Sea Salt from Sherwin Williams. I thought the perfect accent colour for the dresser would be Rejuvenate from Sherwin Williams and I am very pleased with my colour choice! Many corals are quite pink and pink is not my thing. I decided to go with a coral that had more of an orange base.
Lesson one: When painting anything red, orange, pink, etc. you want to use a grey primer or a tinted primer. Why? It will take MANY coats of paint to obtain that true red colour. Ever made cupcakes and planned on making red icing, only to have your icing turn pink no matter how much red dye you add? Same comes to painting; the primary colours are finicky and if you apply a white primer to your walls or furniture, the top coat is going to appear much lighter than you hoped for.
I was floored by the transformation! I kept worrying about the “pink” I had chosen but sometimes you need to be bold. It fits in perfectly with my bedroom walls and is not too over the top. I decided to repaint the end table white so we weren’t overwhelmed with coral. Sometimes a little can go a long way.
This was my first time working with Sherwin Williams Pro Classic and I will say it was easy to work with, leaving little to no brush marks. I used a roller (not foam, never foam! It leaves air bubbles in your finish!) on the entire dresser except for the top two drawers where I had to use a brush to get in between the lines. Smooth surface, even coverage. My one complaint would be when we were installing the new hardware, Dan placed the measuring tape against the drawer and a little piece of paint chipped off. It was really really tiny and I touched it up but it was rather frustrating because the dresser had been curing for almost 2 months before we decided to install the hardware! I used Benjamin Moore’s Advanced line on my kitchen cabinets and have had no chipping at all. And that paint has a way longer cure time (not to mention you need to wait 16 hours between each coat of paint!) It may have been a fluke with the C.I.L. primer I used because all of my other projects I have used Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer and have NEVER had a problem. Word of advice, use only the best primer!