I found this puppy on craigslist for $10 a few weeks ago. Even better, I live in a sub-suburb, way far out from "civilization" (you know, those clusters of tract homes in the middle of nowhere, people only buy because they're cheap?) and it was just a couple miles away. Admittedly, it is partially constructed from MDF, but the important parts are wood (drawer slides and boxes) and c'mon, it was 10 bucks!
I forgot to get a "true before" photo. It was missing the side trim board on the left side and the apron along the bottom. I simply cut two pieces of 3/4 MDF to fit, glued and finish nailed them on.
I removed the original, brass hardware. Cool, but needing an update.
Because this is not the greatest, quality piece of furniture I've come across, I didn't want to spend a boatload on fixing it up. I would have to get creative with paint.
First, I busted out some primer I got on clearance because the can had leaked. I think it was $4 :)
I primed the whole thing using an oil-based, bonding primer for a couple reasons. 1. Since most of the exterior is slippery laminate, I wanted to make sure the paint would have something to bond to and 2. Since some of the structure is MDF, I used an oil-based primer to seal everything and prevent any possible swelling, water-damage, or uneven paint absorption.
After the primer, I painted the whole thing with a very light, sage green. Some may call this "mint", but in my book, "mint" has a tiny bit of blue in it. The drawer pulls got a few coats of satin black and poly.
I liked the horizontal detail on the drawer faces, so I came up with a design to feature that area using a bar of black paint
I wanted to create the illusion of detail without adding trim, so with more black paint and a LOT of frog tape, I added some graphic black designs on the top and sides.
Sealed with 3 coats of PAS, sprayed with my beloved new gun. I love the way it looks all assembled. The colors and graphic pattern remind me of the early 1900's. Very Art Deco; hence the name "The Great Gatsby Dresser".
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