Home and Garden – Houston, we have a dresser.


After Irene passed we were thrilled to have several beautiful, sunny days which allowed us to finally finish Vash’s metallic finish dresser – the first completed project for what he hopes will be a space themed bedroom – or maybe a space robot themed bedroom.

So here is the full story on the dresser.  We got it at an auction in October, 2010, for $25.00.  It has a label on it that says it is a Bassett dresser.  It was solid white with no drawer pulls.

The positive was that it had 8 drawers and could hold alot of clothes – which Vash has since he is the youngest and therefore gets the largest amount of hand-me-downs.  Yeah, it looked a little girly but I could always paint it and make it cooler.  When we got it home and I asked Vash what color he wanted me to paint it, he said he didn’t want it painted – he wanted to keep it white.  Sigh.  I couldn’t keep it white.  It just wouldn’t work that way.  Shabby Chic just was not going to work in his room. So the dresser sat empty in Vash’s room while I contemplated how to get around this.

Then we got the ice storm over the winter that caused water to come pouring into Markus’s room and resulted in our having to move all of the dressers out of Vash and Jesse’s room so we could move Markus and Jett in there while we got Markus’s room under control.  That’s when the dresser moved onto the front porch.

By the time summer hit, Markus was back in his room and I had to decide what to do with this dresser.  No reason to move it upstairs until I had painted it – so I had to get Vash on board with this.  So we went to Lowe’s to discuss the matter.

As Vash and I stood in the paint section I saw a display showing how you could use their products to get a painted metallic finish and the lightbulb went off.  While Vash was not big on just painting the dresser a color – he was big on painting it metallic to look like it belonged in a spaceship hurtling through space – preferably accompanied by Wall-E and Eve.  But even then, he did not want just one kind of metal – no – he wanted two types of metal – a pewter and an antiquey bronze.  So off we went.

As I posted before, we started off by painting the drawers brown –

And then we added two coats of the metallic glaze – making sure to roll only from top to bottom as you are creating a nap which reflects the light in a consistent manner.

Then I painted the main body of the dresser – first with a grey base coat –

and then with the metallic finish.

Can I just say how much harder it was to do the metallic finish on the body of the dresser?  As you can see, the body curves and, as a result, it was impossible to get a clear up and down motion with the roller on many of the sections as the roller ran into the outwardly curving wood.

Plus you had ridges in the wood molding and little lips on the top and bottom of each wood drawer support and trying to get that flat uniform finish made me very grumpy.  Luckily the boys were not around to hear just how grumpy Aunt Shel could get while painting, but Chip heard me grumble about it – which somehow made me feel better.  He’s a really handy guy that way.

So yesterday and today I spent with the tape measure lining up where the holes needed to be drilled for the drawer pulls to go in (Vash picked those out with me too – in Antique Bronze to go with his color choice for the drawers) and Chip finished it off by installing the drawer pulls and putting all the drawers into the dresser.  And Voila!!

Wall-E and Eve now feel at home in Vash’s bedroom.  And Vash is happy with his dresser.

And so am I.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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3 Responses to Home and Garden – Houston, we have a dresser.

  1. danielle says:

    Awww…Wall-E and Eve look right at home on top of the space dresser. Good Job Shelly!

    • Shelly R. says:

      Vash put them up there when everything was moved into his room. Chip probably added the rubik’s cube. I am just happy that it looks better than the plain white dresser we bought. I would have cut the swirls off of the bottom and squared it off – but Vash did not want anything changed on the dresser. He’s a funny little dude sometimes.

  2. Becky Eighmie says:

    It is PERFECT! Wonderful choice, Vash!

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