It all started with this sad $6.00 mirror.
I saved her from a thrift store in town.
She is 4 feet tall and had a past life living along side an outdated dresser.
I loved her immediately, fake wood frame and all.
After a good wash and following the tips I listed HERE for taping off a mirror, she got a coat of glossy black paint. Then she started to take on a new look that begged one to take a second look.
She started a new life where she ditched the old 70's dresser and was on the hunt for a new best friend.
A few weeks later, I walk into this solid wood dresser at the exact same location where I picked up the old forgotten mirror.
Priced for a run away steal at $25.00!!
I knew she would fit right into our entry way and her drawers would be a great help in stashing away keys, mail, hats and mittens and anything else that needed a place to hide.
By sprucing up the hardware with some matching glossy black paint, the dresser and the mirror would be a match made in furniture-companion-heaven.
That is until I figured out what colour to paint my new entry-way-catch-all.
I thought about it for a long time.
I really loved this dresser.
Its height was perfect and it fit beautifully between our front door and our garage door.
It had to be a statement piece.
I thought about yellow, but until we refinish our golden-wood-banisters I didn't think those warm tones would mesh well together. White was not the statement colour I was looking for, but initially was my fist thought.
Finally, I decided on a bright blue (a "whoops" paint I bought for $3 at Home Depot) and a glaze finish for interest.
I took her apart and washed away all the dirt and grime.
Sorry for the glaring sun!
I sanded her down with some 100 grit sand paper and wiped her clean again.
Then I sprayed each drawer and the dresser itself in the best primer ever! I had read a lot of tutorials claiming Kilz was a reliable product to use and I wasn't disappointed!
I was smitten by the idea of simply spraying a coat on and waiting 2 hours for drying time.
I sprayed a second coat on in my well ventilated garage.
Remember to put down newspaper or your significant other might not like the primer hue all over their golf clubs and power saw.
Remember to shake the can well every few minutes AWAY from your project or you may get unwanted drops of paint on your surface!
Boo!!! If this happens to you like it happened to me (see above picture) simply wait the needed drying time and sand down the drips. Apply another smooth coat.
Primed and ready for paint!
After a coat of my "Whoops paint" I mixed one part glaze with one part acrylic light blue paint from (shhhhhh!) the Dollar Store. I wiped it on quickly and wiped it off. It leaves a subtle depth to any piece and I love the quiet layering affect it has.
I threw the two together in the middle of an entry way overhaul this past winter. Notice the red bow on the door to draw in Santa Claus...
Hubby was busy adding new trim to the door ways and floors and I was busy figuring out how to accessorize the little blue dresser to meet guests and family alike.
After some fresh new paint, and some new moldings the entry way is ready to greet guests!!
(Note, the door on the right is still awaiting a nice shiny coat of white on its brand new trim, thank you for not staring too long ;))
It is the right amount of boldness in our otherwise neutral space.
The dresser top has a mercury lamp to light a quiet ambiance at night time.
The nesting baskets hold sunglasses and sun lotions and items you may need in a moments notice but things that you don't want to keep displayed.
A little plant pot suggests a play on words.
The plant is "sprouting" and so must we as we come and go every day.
Candles from Bath and Body works add a nice colourful touch and an inviting scent when someone enters the house.
This green candle smells like "Coconut Leaves"! Yummy!
This little green bowl was originally a planter. I found it for two dollars at a little junk store and gave it a coat of paint, now the two little love birds guard our keys and sunglasses.
The vibrant carpet was found at Home Sense.
I love that it doesn't slip and that you cant see dirt on it! Two great requirements for a front door rug.
All the things we need to help organize our Little Estate.
We went from this...
To this. :)
Thanks for having a look today.
I love that this little blue entry way dresser serves a purpose and looks cute while doing so.
Its partner, the little black mirror, reflects the rest of the house which I love to have happen in such a confined place.
Now to tackle the four flights of stairs and those golden spindles...
Should we paint or stain them?
What colour do you think would look best?
Help! It is a huge job and we need all the input we can get!
Don't you love that you got a preview of the entry way before I even posted what updates we have completed on the house?! That's cause I like you.
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