Color, color — I need you in my life right now! I’m a neutrals kind of gal, and a fickle one at that, so it’s difficult for me to pull the trigger on anything large and bright because I almost immediately end up hating it. I wish I could show you pictures of my recently aborted Miami Vice-inspired salmon and aqua door project . . . yikes. I keep seeing great uses of color from you readers, though, and it’s inspiring me to take the plunge.
This morning we have two awesome colorful paint jobs: this kitchen organizer made from old shuttered doors by Jamie, and a lovely nursery room dresser in subtle pinks and peaches from Jen (after the jump). Both projects make great use of just a pop of color over a mostly untouched piece, which might be my new favorite way to go. I know many of you are against painting hardwood, but personally, I think the addition of a color can sometimes emphasize the wood’s beauty and make it stand out more in contrast. That’s definitely the case with Jen’s dresser. Great work, Jamie and Jen! — Kate
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See more of Jamie’s organizer and Jen’s dresser transformation after the jump . . .
Basic Steps: I spray painted the door white with Rustoleum paint and primer in one. Then I used painter’s tape to tape off the diagonal line and spray painted the top portion of the door in Sun Yellow gloss by Rustoleum. I straightened the diagonal line with a white painter’s pen and a small paint brush. I applied my command clear hook, wire baskets, and over-the-door hooks to the door, and organized my kitchen supplies to fit my needs.
Take your time organizing the door to fit your needs. What do you use most? What takes up space in your cabinets that can be hung? Command clear utensil hooks are awesome because the hook is very thin and will fit on almost any kitchen utensil. They also won’t peel your paint off if you decide later that you want to move them around. Command also makes clear caddies that are super handy for spices, clothespins, or seasoning packets. — Jamie
Cost: $100 (includes dresser and supplies)
Basic Steps: I did this dresser for a friend; she’s putting it in her baby girl’s bedroom and hoping she can keep it until she’s all grown up. The oak on this dresser was just so beautiful, I had to change my plan to paint the whole piece. I sanded the top with an orbital sander, but I sanded the sides by hand so that I could ensure a super smooth finish with no scratch marks from my slightly low-budget sander!
Putting in the extra time and effort with sanding made the rest really easy. I also sanded the drawers by hand, but I could have done them with the sander. Then I carefully taped the edges of all the surfaces that were going to be painted — this was particularly important for where the top meets the front of the dresser. I primed all the surfaces that were going to be painted, then painted two coats on each of them (with a night to dry in between the first two). I like giving them a very light sanding between coats to take off any grit. I used Briwax on the sides and other wood surfaces — super easy to brush on with steel wool then buff off a bit later. Lastly, it was time for the ceramic knobs (that I got in India for super cheap!). — Jen