I am so excited to be sharing my latest DIY project with you all. You probably remember a few weeks ago I shared with you on a Things I Love Thursday post that I am obsessed with mint furniture. I’ve really been wanting a mint dresser specifically, so I decided to finally make that happen! I went around to a few thrift shops looking for a cheap but sturdy dresser and I came across this adorable white and purple, 6 drawer dresser for about $75. It is in really great condition, I looked at probably 20 dressers around town, and this one was definitely the best, and exactly what I was looking for.
So the first thing on my to do list for this project was to CLEAN everything! I found the dresser at a thrift store where it was put outside all day long, so it was crawling with little gross bugs that I did not want in my bedroom. As soon as everything was cleaned to my liking, I was ready to paint!
The three main products I used were a 2 1/2 inch angled paint brush that I purchased from Wal-Mart, a quart of the high endurance 2 in 1 paint and primer in the color “Shallow Wading Pool (10742)” that I also purchased from Wal- Mart, and a white gloss spray paint that we already had sitting in the garage. Very simple, and a super cheap project over all, the whole things cost less than $100 in total.
Once everything was cleaned and the drawers were taken out of the dresser I went ahead and removed all of the knobs and spray painted them white. I wanted them to have a cleaner look than how they were when I purchased the dresser, a lot of the white paint started to chip off. If I was going for a shabby look then this step wouldn’t have been necessary, but like I said I wanted the overall look to be much cleaner.
So as the drawer knobs were off to the side drying I started the first coat on the dresser and on the drawers. I did about two coats of paint on the drawers, and on the dresser I did three. This was my first time painting anything of this size. So I was a little nervous going in because I wanted the dresser to look perfect. But I quickly learned that this paint was quite forgiving. Even if it looked a little streaky while it was wet, it dried perfectly. So I was grateful for that. There were a few areas that needed to be sanded down, that I didn’t notice before starting the painting process. So the reason I had to do three coats was because I ended up going back around and sanding down a few. But with that last coat of paint it turned out great!
I also wanted to add something on my wall above the dresser. My mom actually found this mirror at a yard sale way before I purchased the dresser, and I just knew I wanted to paint it. So once the mint dresser idea came to me I decided I would paint the mirror the same color and hang it. In between painting the dresser and the drawers I taped up the mirror and put on two coats of paint. This task was a little harder, the brush I purchased from Wal-Mart was way too big for the small areas I needed to paint on the mirror. Instead, I used a small paint brush that we already had to get into the smaller areas. It was probably the most time consuming part of the project with having to tape it, and make sure I got every nook and cranny, but it turned out great and I am excited to have it!
So once everything was painted to my liking, I let it dry for two days before moving it into my bedroom. However, once I moved everything into my room I still didn’t put anything into it or on top of it for a few days. I’m no expert but the paint just seemed to dry very slowly, it may be because of how many coats I used, or just that the weather here has been a little wet. I’m not really sure but I have to say that I was very impatient waiting for it to dry! Below, you can see everything laid out, fully painted and ready to finish drying to come inside!
And once everything was all dry, I put the drawer knobs back on and the drawers back into the dresser and here is the final product! I love the way it turned out. I catch myself staring at my new dresser all the time now! I also really love the way the mirror looks above the dresser, I feel like it really completes the space. I’ve decided to use the space around the mirror and on top of the dresser as a place to organize my jewelry and some of my beauty products. It all turned out better than I could have hoped.
So that’s it! This is my first DIY project that was inspired by Pinterest, and I am pretty excited about that. What’s the point in pinning a bunch of awesome ideas if we don’t go out and make them happen? I cant wait to decorate the rest of my room and get everything all set up to my liking. This is something I’ve been wanting for a long time, so I am so happy I finally had the chance to do it.
Let me know what you guys think in the comments below! I’m obsessed with my new dresser and I am so proud of the work I put into it! I had so much fun creating this mint dresser, and I am excited for more projects in the future!