Sunday, July 10, 2011

Beautiful Cement?


In this case? Yes! I have heard so many good things about Behr paint and  I've been dying to try it! I walked into Home Depot with the intention of trying Behr and walked out with Martha Stewart paint! I love it!!

I picked up this little beauty off of CL a few weeks back.  I was slightly hesitatant when I saw it up close, but I could see the potential in it so I bought it.  Here is the before.


The reason I was so hesitant is because the back of the dresser was not real wood.  I hate buying pieces that aren't solid wood, but I loved the uniqueness of this piece so I went for it.  One time won't hurt anything!

I began by removing the organizer on the interior.  It was a little wobbly so I threw on some Gorilla glue and re-hamered some loose nails.


The lower portion of the desk was made of the same cheap stuff as the back of the piece.  I hated it so I used my jigsaw to cut a new piece.  I measured it by laying the old piece on top of my wood.  I used Gorilla glue and nails to put it in place them primed the entire piece after sanding it.


The entire time I had envisioned this piece in white with an aqua interior.  Unfortunately this dresser/desk had other ideas!  Even with primer and paint the wood kept bleeding through.


In the future I think I'll use oil-based primers if I want to do white.  Until then though I ended up with gray!  I thought about doing gray and yellow, but the aqua-lover in me won and I went with gray and blue.

While the paint was drying I cleaned up the hardware.  I tried the whole vinegar thing and it didn't help at all.  I ended up using my secret weapon!

**Hardware cleaning tip: Bar Keepers Friend**

If you've never heard of it, Bar Keepers Friend comes in a container like Comet.  I just poured it on my wet hardware and scrubbed HARD!  It didn't remove all of the scum, but it removed most of it and left the hardware looking antiqued.

Wear gloves when cleaning your hardware if you don't want creepy snake-like peeling sking for days.

I spray painted the hinges and screws with Rustoleum's Hammered Gold.

Here she is!









The exterior color is Martha Stewart's Cement Gray.

The interior color is Martha Stewart's Aegean Blue.

Cheers!!
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51 comments:

  1. Ooh I'm glad you told me that the Martha Stewart paint is available at Home Depot. I've been looking for it at Lowe's with no luck. This color grey is perfect! Love how it turned out.

    Btw, I've used Behr before and it is magical. I had blue walls in my living room and wanted them beige last year. I got Behr paint with primer in it and it covered up the blue with ONE coat! Amazing!

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  2. so cute! it turned out so nicely- and i absolutely love the pop of fun color on the inside!

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  3. I love the blue surprise inside. I used Martha Stewart paint (wildflower honey) in my kitchen SIX years ago and it is still in great shape.

    By fav though is Ben. Moore (Aura). Really durable and no horrible smell.

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  4. I love Martha Stewarts paint! I think I had an addiction to sample paint :( I love her metallic and clay paints. They are so much fun to use!

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  5. What a sweet comment you made on my blog-do I ever appreciate it. Now...what is your secret to your amazing followers?

    These folks are a hoot.

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  6. So pretty with the blue inside! Thanks for the Bar Keeper's friend trick...I was just trying to clean some hardware myself.

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  7. That is awesome!!! What a great transformation!

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  8. I love this - it would be perfect for a small home where space is limited!

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  9. What a beauty Katie! And I think the Martha Stewart line has some great colors!

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  10. Beautiful job - so pretty. Love Martha paint, too.

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  11. Love it! What a beautiful transformation from crappy to snappy! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/07/pink-hippo-party-37.html

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  12. How cute is that!! I love the two colors together, good choice! Thanks for all the great tips you share :)

    Julie

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  13. Love the color combo! Great job!
    dreaming-n-color.blogspot.com

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  14. What an awesome piece of furniture! I would've never guessed it was not real wood. Very nice!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  15. As always, fantastic job! I love your work!! Thanks for linking up : )

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  16. That looked like a solid wood piece. You did an amazing job with it. Never tried Martha Stewart paint but I have used Behr from time to time with great results.

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  17. I love your desk. The colors are fab. I know all about that bleed through. So irritating! Beautiful work!

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  18. I love it! I was just at my St.Vinnies today with an eye on a beautiful old dressing table..it was $45...maybe I should go back!

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  19. your projects never cease to amaze me. can you believe i am still working on my dinning room set! I think I should have better prepared for this. it's been such a drag, almost annoying, because i have to keep going back to the hardware store to get whatever I'm missing. so, definitely give you props! someday I hope to be a great furniture artist like you- some day! lol.

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  20. that is such a sweet little piece of furniture - at first I thought it was a chest on chest but i see now how it is configured. Adorable in its new color combo! I have to admit that I heart martha stewart paint hues too - I have heard that you can ask the paint people to mix the martha stewart hues in their house brand of paint, but haven't attempted this myself. (!) Great job all around - especially strengthening the construction of the piece. Visiting from Hello Suburbs (you're my neighbor) have a wonderful week :) Diane

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  21. I love it! I've been wanting to do a piece with a surprise color inside!

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  22. beautiful work! i am so glad you spoke about martha stewart paint bc i have been so curious how it covers, etc. the colors you chose are perfect and i wish i was in the nashville area! great work!

    katie@little things bring smiles

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  23. Boy, are you talented. Wish I lived closer so I could buy it!

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  24. What a unique piece of crap to redo! Seriously though, it would be perfect for a guest room/office. I'm very impressed and off to look at your other craptastic projects :)

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  25. What a great job! Saw you on a linky party. I am now google following you, please pop by, Karima x
    www.karimascrafts.com

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  26. Gorgeous renovation! I love that color! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  27. You totally amaze me. gorgeous as usual!! thanks for linking up

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  28. What a beautiful restorations! Great job, and love the colors too.

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  29. LOVE this combination of a desk and dresser!! :)

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  30. I love love love the inside of the dresser! And I'll definitely have to try Bar Keepers Friend:)

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  31. Very, very pretty. Very nice work!

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  32. Oh wow! Great job! I'm a new follower!

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  33. Whoa! That is beautiful! I'm near Nashville - what are you asking for it? :)

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  34. LOVE the colors you chose! Looks great :)

    wwww.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  35. Hello, Gorgeous! Love this piece. I'm amazed at how great your hardware looks...and I already *own* BarKeeper's Friend! Thanks for the tip.

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  36. Love the combo! And the gold hardware is so fab!

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  37. Wow, what a pretty re-do. Love the color you chose.

    Have a great weekend!

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

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  38. Hi again, can I ask how do you show all the badges to who you link with as small icons on the bottom of your post? My blog posts are so long showing all the blog badges I link with, I would love to display them as you do! Please share with me how you do this. Karima x, www.karimascrafts.com

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  39. What an absolutely adorable DIY! Well done.

    I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday!

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  40. Thanks for stopping by and sharing this with WorkShop Wednesday. Hope to see you this week!

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  41. Great job! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy. We hope you'll join us again this week!

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  42. Great results! Perfect colors. I bet it loves it's new back. :)

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  43. Hey Katie!
    Thanks for linking up your wonderful redo at the Tuesday To Do Party last week! I've finally got my commenting issues resolved!
    Have a great week!
    Smiles!
    Jami

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  44. Beautiful makeover!!
    Thank you for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    I hope to see more of your creativity this weekend! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  45. Love the color combo, and the pop of turquoise is lovely!

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  46. I LOVE refinishing furniture! Dont feel bad about using fake wood because you turned it into a gorgeous treasure to be proud of!
    I am your newest follower from Paisly's blog hop!

    http://www.jennyatdapperhouse.com/

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  47. Gosh, I love the teal/turquoise color too! I love your tips for strengthening wobbly parts. The accent chair looks awesome with this piece too!

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