Felicity Wallace
Felicity Wallace
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Little Boy Blue to Little Black Dress


I needed a dresser for my daughter. She is hitting her tween years and has a huge love for black...and bright colors.
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

I found this...um...beauty at my local Goodwill. It was a 50% off day and that was a good thing because they had $40 posted on this one. No way. I was okay paying $20 though!
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

See the damage on the side? The side is one sheet of thin plywood and was dented in a couple places. I thought about replacing the whole side piece but decided to keep costs down by just repairing.
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

Blue. Sports knobs. Damage to the finish. I did love the size, the detail on the top and the silver handles someone had installed.
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

I hauled the whole mess outside and patched all the damaged parts.
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

I sanded, starting with 80 grit and finishing with 220, to make sure I had a smooth finish.
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

There was a crack in one of the drawers, so I used wood glue and two 15 lb weights to repair it. You do what you gotta do!
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

I used a gloss black oil paint by Rustoleum. The paint gave it an amazingly smooth finish and it's so shiny! No sealant required with oil paint!
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

Finished! I waited until it was fully cured and then put the silver handles back on.
little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas


little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas


little boy blue to little black dress, bedroom ideas

Once Hobby Lobby held their 50% off hardware sale I purchased four bling-y knobs for the top drawer. I was very happy with the glossy black finish! My daughter loves it!
Felicity Wallace

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2 questions
  • Spi9010475
    on Dec 3, 2016

    Was the Rustoleum you used a spray paint or a paint-on-with-a-brush? Beautiful!

    • Felicity Wallace
      on Dec 3, 2016

      I used the Rustoleum in a 1 quart paint can that you apply with a brush or roller. I found that spray paint does not give thick enough coverage for my liking on large pieces of furniture. I love it for small projects, or detailed furniture pieces, even side tables. For dressers or larger pieces, especially with large flat areas, I use roll on paint.

  • Sharron
    on Dec 5, 2016

    How did you apply the paint? I don't see any brush marks or roller stipple.

    • Felicity Wallace
      on Dec 5, 2016

      I rolled on the first coat with a foam roller. It is a little cold here so it left behind bubles that made little bumps in the finish. I sanded those down and thinned the paint with mineral spirits. Then I did the second coat with a paint brush. For some reason the brush did better than the roller. I love oil paint! It seems as if it self levels and you don't see any strokes.

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  • Justine McCarthy
    on Dec 19, 2016

    Love it Jenny. You did a fantastic job. I am looking at doing something similiar for our bedroom but it's a second hand Ikea unit so not as good quality as yours. Thanks again

  • Dpbeee2
    on Dec 28, 2016

    That's a WOW!! Thanks.

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