Painting Mishap Story

I had the great idea of painting a pattern on an inexpensive Target dresser using some latex paint I already owned. I spent forever taping out my design, and then starting painting...just to realize my dresser was melamine (NOT real wood), so it just beaded up as I painted it on. Even after two coats I knew this wasn't going to work. But I had invested all of the time into it, and would have to chuck the entire new dresser. SO....I decided to just go with the "distressed" look and call it good! :)
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This is my Target dresser that I used, not even thinking it may not be real wood....
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Not exactly the look I was going for! Even after the second coat (on the right side) I knew I could paint on 20 coats and it was never going to create crisp, perfect lines.
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So my finished look has a "distressed" look to it...cracks, peels, bubbles at all...but I'm digging it! I did go ahead and add two coats of a clear finish to the top to protect it. Otherwise, a light scratch would have taken the painted finish right off. (Luckily the clear finish adhered just fine!)
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Sometimes perfection is WAY over rated!
  13 answers
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 18, 2017
    I agree that perfection is overrated! I have had so many painting project fails - but because it is paint, you can always recover! Great recovery!

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Jan 18, 2017
    I think I love the end result even more than your original intent, thank you for sharing your story

  • Kathy Haines Cramer Kathy Haines Cramer on Jan 18, 2017
    This is gorgeous! Turned out great. Awesome taping and design job! Seems like most of my best projects are done this way! :)

  • Kathy Haines Cramer Kathy Haines Cramer on Jan 18, 2017
    Yes, thank you for. Sharing! 😊

  • Great save! Think I would have done the same thing. Fun to embrace the "hmm, what happened here, let's see how it will turn out anyway" projects. I love it and think it adds character. Thanks for sharing!👍

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Jan 18, 2017
    If you like it that is the main purpose!The only way you could have got the other look is to lightly sand those those areas you wanted to paint.Used to have my moms dresser like that.Do not know where it is now!

  • Tommi L. Perkins Tommi L. Perkins on Jan 18, 2017
    Live and learn. you probably could have purchased the same piece in real wood at a garage sale or in a second hand store for not much more than you paid. Real wood even scratched up and ugly is always preferable to compressed crap you buy at Target, Walmart etc. it is what it is.

  • DORLIS DORLIS on Jan 19, 2017
    Sounds like my "grape jelly" which turned out grape syrup.

  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Jan 19, 2017
    You actually ended up with an awesome piece - amazing recovery! Thank you for sharing this :)

  • Wendy Elias Wendy Elias on Jan 19, 2017
    My goodness! Way to forge ahead. I'm not really down with "go buy something else." I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the result of your work in pressing forward! What a great job AND it looks PERFECT where you put it! Especially with that frame above it! Way to go! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing!

  • Debra Grieve Debra Grieve on Jan 19, 2017
    It looks like it was meant to be that way! That's all that counts!! Great looking dresser! The next time you paint it, sand it lightly first, and clean off the sawdust then paint. Should adhere much better to any shiny surface. Thank you for sharing, btw!

  • Totally love the end result of how this turned out. I totally get what you are talking about. You get something in your head on how you want the project to look like and when all is said and done, the finished product looks amazing. This looks it!

  • Dani Dani on Jan 22, 2017
    love this! Sometimes things turn out cooler on accident 🙂