Thursday, January 19, 2012

Makeover - My Vanity Makeup Chest

I bought this cool little galvanized steel drawer unit for $35.00 (on sale, of course) at an Oklahoma City Hobby Lobby. I originally bought to use in a bathroom that was black and white, so I liked the galvanized steel finish with that room. Since then, I have moved, so I wanted to update the unit to be a piece that really popped in my red and leopard dressing room vanity area.

Here is the finished project! Now . . . here is how it was done!

Here is the dresser in the dressing room before I painted it.

This is a better look at it. To start, I washed down everywhere I was going to paint with a strong cleanser to remove any dirt and oil.

I used DecoArt No-Prep Metal Paint in Regal Red to basecoat the chest.

Red is generally a color that takes several coats to fully cover. The top two drawers have one coat of red, and the bottom only has one coat.

The leopard design has two colors: DecoArt No-Prep Metal Paint in Espresso Bean and Ivory.

After the drawers were really dry, I painted the drawer pulls using DecoArt No-Prep Metal Paint in Ivory.

For the central color, I mixed Espresso Bean and Ivory.
Using a Filbert brush, I painted rough dots across the Ivory Base. Keep in mind that you don't want these splotches to all being going in the same direction, and you want them to be rough, each one different.

The design is painted on with the same brush, Simply paint splotches using Espresso Bean around the individual splotches. You want to surround the splotch, but leave gaps.

Each splotch, you continue around doing the same thing, but each splotch should be different sides, and angles
When you are done, the design should look random, and imperfect.

You can see that every handle has a different design, but they all go together.

It takes several days for the metal paint to cure. After it is cured and dry, before putting the drawers in, I used candle wax around the inside of the drawer rails to make sure the paint didn't stick to itself.

Isn't it lovely? Next I'll be showing you the chair makeover for this room!

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  1. New follower, love your leopard print knobs! So clever, I may try that, and if I do, will show you and link back! Come visit and see my leopard Xmas gift and hope to have you follow as a friend. Found you at Beyond the Picket Fence!

  2. Thanks, Marilyn! Heading over to your blog now!

  3. Very cool makeover! I love the red and turned out better than the original finish! I'd love to have you share it at my party too!

  4. Really eye catching! I'd love to try that with a larger piece for my home.


    1. Thank you, Nancy! Checking out your blog, now!

  5. Love the red with the animal print!

  6. Looks great! You're talented! I love anything animal print.

  7. Terrific transformation! It must have been time consuming to paint all those leopard spots. But so worth it, right? ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you again this week.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

    1. It took me less than 60 seconds per handle! I'm a very experienced painter, but I think anyone could do it in a couple minutes.

  8. Super cute!! Thank you so much for sharing last week on Thingamajig Thursday! Hope to see you again this week.


  9. This is so cute! I just love the hardware! Great job!


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