A couple of years ago, I treated myself to some new bedroom furniture. Brand spankin' new from a local furniture store. Prior to that I'd had the same furniture since birth. I kid you not. It had been painted, stripped, stained, and re-done probably at least five or six times over the years and so, I finally caved and bought some black modern looking furniture. I'm not sure why I did this. Years of denial and self-sacrifice must have made me crazy. I was into modern furniture at the time but I really hate the look of matching bedroom furniture. I've always thought it looks like you're sleeping in some kind of furniture show room when you get it home. Regardless, I bought the set....headboard, two end tables, a tall dresser and a long dresser with a mirror. I paid a whopping $800 if you can believe it. I was clearly going through one of those phases where I had more money then brains. Now we can play "Find the puppy" in the photo below. :)
|Headboard, night tables, and Miss Daisy at our old house. Ignore the date on the photo. It's way wrong.|
I liked it well enough until I had to move my room to the basement where I was confronted by the matchy-pooness of the set (I made up a word!) and the blackness of it. I'm so over dark wood to begin with but in a room with two tiny basement windows and no natural light it felt like the furniture was going to swallow me whole.
Not loving the basement bedroom thing to begin with but I really couldn't take looking at window wells so I just covered the window with a temporary shade. Not that temporary, I guess. It's been five months.
Any hoo....The basement bedroom is long and narrow and with the headboard adding about eight inches to the length of my bed, I couldn't even walk around the bed to get to the closet. Here is a shot of the room and the furniture looking out to the future play area. Ignore the paint samples on the wall....I still don't know what I'm going to do down here.
And a photo looking into the room.
The first step was getting rid of the headboard. It got broken during our last move and was so noisy that when I rolled over at night I often woke myself up. Buh-bye. There's no room for much of a headboard so I'm thinking of painting one on the wall behind the bed. Something along the lines of this way cute painted wall from Do Something Creative.
As for the rest of the furniture, I'm on a much tighter budget thanks to my two little fellows so I'm going to have to make something out of what I've got.
And that's where this story goes a little off the rails. Maybe a lot.
You know my love affair with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint? And how it's supposed to cover everything? Ummm.....not so much. Not cheap, laminate/shiny paper covered press board from a furniture store. Remind me to never EVER buy anything new from a furniture store again. Stupid fake wood crap!
Because this is what happened when I decided to put Paris Gray on the top of the dresser.
Actually, I'm betting I could have just wet a cloth and wiped the paint off. Not impressed. This is the top after four coats. I still went back and spot touched the bleed through parts.
I'm stumped. So if anyone knows what this is all about I'd be happy to hear from you. Especially if you know how to fix it. Thus far, I've used an unheard of four coats, some sanding and two coats of wax and I finally got the top of the dressers to a semi-okay place. The paint finish is bubbly and uneven and I didn't dare sand it much more than I did because I feared it would peel right off even with the wax.
There you have it, folks. The top of the crappy dresser is fully complete in Paris Gray with a good solid two coats of wax. It's a crappy picture but I think you get the idea. I've been working away at the rest of the dresser but that's for another day. I would love some feedback about what went wrong here if anyone has any ideas. Because right about now I'm feeling like a bit of a fraud. I mean, I've been throwing ASCP at everyone and everything I meet. Anyone?
Linking up to my regular parties in the hopes that someone will know what went wrong....thanks, y'all.