Monday, November 07, 2011

pinkie swear

I promised my daughter (and "ahem", my husband), that I would finish one of my quick DIY projects, a new dresser for her room.  That "quick" project sat in my garage as I got carried away, with the usual busy autumn schedule...and just playing with the kids.  My biggest obstacle (other than my "distractions") was determining what colour to paint this dresser.

It's amazing how colour plays a role in how we feel. The kinds of emotions evoked by a simple colour on a wall or an outfit.   It's no wonder why interior designers choose neutral soothing colours to create rooms that evoke a sense of calm and serenity.

1.  Fill all holes (I used Lepage wood filler).  2.  Sand then wash down any residue.
3.  Prime.  (I used Zinsser's Cover Stain).  4.  Do a second coat of primer, if needed.

There is a psychology behind what colours mean and why we choose the shades we use, and this quote summed up what I was looking for.

"Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen 
as attraction to pink may speak 
of a desire for the more carefree days of childhood."

Carefree days of childhood.  That's what I strive to create for my kids...a place, a home where they can feel carefree and safe.  As an adult, it has a different, much stronger meaning...the pink ribbon comes to mind, and it represents a symbol of hope, strength and determination.

1.  Painted the dresser with Para's Cabinet & Furniture Paint in Sarah Richardson's "Blush" colour  
2.  Using a fireplace mantle ornament (found at Lowes for $10), sawed the ornament in 3 pieces.  
3.  Painted the ornament in the Para's Cabinet and Furniture paint,  also in "Blush".  
4.  Varnished using water based Varathane in Semi-gloss.

This is something I definitely want to instill in my children, especially my daughter. And it is with this determination, I finally put the finishing touches to this dresser, so my daughter has a made with love, place for her personal things.

1.  Varnished the dresser with water based Varathane, in semi-gloss.
2.  Glued the decorative ornaments onto the dresser, using LePage wood glue.
(I also added the knobs and handles....not shown)

Promises fulfilled... 

...and she's tickled pink!


  1. The dresser looks fanatastic now! Such a nice idea to use ornaments! Great job!

  2. Oooh I really like this. It looks very close to your inspiration piece!

  3. Great job with your dresser! and well done for getting a round tuit!!:)

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. What a beautiful makeover..thanks for sharing it at my NTT party.


  5. Such a beautiful outdoor living furniture, which is designed with classic style wicker furniture is wearing a traditional style. You are writing in a way that invites me into your beautiful home.

  6. Lovely job. Happy new follower from the Tuesday blog hop.

  7. Looks beautiful! Great job

  8. color can make or break a project for sure. Your dresser is so sweet looking! great job.
    ps catching you this week

  9. That's the coolest idea ever to cut the ornament up into pieces for detail. Great idea.

  10. She is a beauty! Great job! Thanks for linking up!

  11. I love it! Great patch job on the top drawer; I made a note of the product and will try it sometime. It doesn't even look like the same dresser.

  12. Hi there, I would say that the dresser was certainly worth waiting for. You did a fabulous job with it. I love the embellishments, they really finish it off. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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