Monday, June 4, 2012

growing up

Lately I've been feeling like my taste has been mellowing a little bit; I used to go for the brightest colors and patterns I could find, and really liked being kinda off the wall when selecting things for my place.  But over the past few months I've been toning things down a little.  Granted, I still have  pretty eclectic taste, but I find myself leaning more to the colors and shapes of mid century aesthetics more than the (potentially) more flamboyant look of Hollywood Regency decor.  So I decided to take a first step toward this new, more edited, me, and last weekend I painted my infamous pink dresser blue.  And I can't emphasize how happy I am that I did.  The pink dresser was never really the right pink: it was always too bright (I had originally wanted it to be more coral, but screwed up when I chose the color and by the time I was done, was too exhausted to go back and re-paint).  So finally I stripped the dresser down to the wood (which was a bitch of a job, lemme tell you...there were quite a few layers of old paint under that pink) and FOAM ROLLED it a high gloss peacock blue.  Let me also tell you that the foam roller is my new love in life.  I had painted the dresser pink with a brush, originally, and it was a pain in the ass that took forever.  Foam rolling took no time at all, and the finish is absolutely flawless and beautiful.  I am f---ing loving the results.  

Here's the dresser in its first stages of being stripped:

Disgusting.  And yes, I did the entire project in my living room (used a bunch of drop cloths, but still screwed up the varnish on my hardwood floor a little bit.  Oops.  I am lazy).

And here, you can maybe see all the goop and gunk coming off the drawers.


I stripped those bitches to within an inch of their life.  Took them all the way down to the natural wood (and actually considered just leaving the whole dresser natural wood and staining it, but the top of the dresser is a weird formica and it wouldn't have matched).  


And voila!  After two coats of high gloss blue paint, there you have it!  I also resurrected those white lamps from my storage unit and recovered the lampshades, but that's for a later post.  Don't you just love it?!  I think the brass hardware contrasts so well with the blue. 

A shot of the newly-rearranged living room (more on this in my next post).

And, just to prove that I have skills in the kitchen, too, I made this strawberry cake using a recipe from my friend Tim's blog ( for a party after finishing the dresser.  And it was pretty tasty, if I do say so myself!

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