I have avoided painting a piece of furniture in my home for a long time, opting instead for a mix of natural woods. However, if I were to bring a solid colored piece into the mix, I think something along the lines of this electric cobalt blue dresser from Natalie could be the way to go. It’s bold, to be sure; but at a reasonable size, this dresser makes just the right amount of noise in a room. I think the color fits quite well with the mid-century lines, and I’m pleased to see that Natalie kept the original gold handles. Newer knobs might have cheapened the look of the piece, but the vintage hardware provides a nice touch of sophistication to this ultra-mod look. Nice work, Natalie! — Kate
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Time: 6 hours over two days (to allow drying time)
Cost: $20 (paint + sandpaper)
Basic Steps: I sanded the piece with a 120 grit sandpaper followed by a 220 grit. Then I taped off the drawers and primed with an oil-based primer. I applied paint with a gravity feed gun (2 coats). Lastly, I scrubbed the hardware with a tarnish remover and put them back on the piece.
My advice: Don’t expect to finish in a day if you want a really quality, professional looking paint job. Take your time and don’t skimp when it comes to the quality of your paint. Oil-based paints are more durable and give a deeper looking finish, but they require about 12 hours between each coat of paint. — Natalie