Thursday, June 9, 2011

Labor of Love

This post is dedicated to my Grandmom Socci. I think I've put off writing this post because it still makes me really sad to think she's not here with us anymore. She was one of the strongest and most independent women I've ever met and I miss her every day. It's been over a year since she passed away, but I think it still hasn't hit me yet.

When Grandmom passed away, I asked if I could have her bedroom furniture. We have two guest bedrooms upstairs and I thought it would look great in one of them. If you knew my Grandmom, you would know that she loved to re-decorate and every time we went to her house, her furniture had been rearranged...so I felt like she would approve of me redoing her furniture. As the title of this post says, it was definitely a labor of love. We had to buy an electric sander because the furniture had a clear coat over it so spray paint wouldn't stick. For those of you who have never spray painted, it's the best way to re-do furniture and it's easy and cheap!Before

Before


Andrew sanded...

and sanded... (we all sanded for a long time)


Next, we used Krylon gray primer and then did 2 - 3 coats of Krylon satin black:

Yes, we wore masks.

If you're planning on spray painting a lot, you must get one of these.


Now for the before and afters:

Before

After...It's a little drippy looking on the back but I'm going to use wallpaper to cover that up.

Before

After

Before

After

We also changed out all the hardware on the dresser and nightstand:



We bought about 5 cans of primer and 6 or 7 cans of black spray paint. Also, I bought the drawer knobs on Etsy.com for $20 and the drawer pulls from Target for $12. The whole project was under $100. Not bad for a drawer, nightstand, headboard and bed frame. Thanks to Anna and Andrew for all your help and hard work!

This was a lot of hard work, but I feel like Grandmom would like it and every time I walk into our guest bedroom I think of her.