Last year I teamed up with some blogger friends for a few posts here on IBC about 10 minute decorating. The group has decided to continue with the 10 Minute Decorating Series so I’m back today with another idea. This month we’re focusing on cleaning and organizing, two of my favorite things! (Insert sarcasm here.)
I was racking my brain for something I could share with you today because my home is currently a bit messy and unorganized. (I’m working on it.) However, after talking to a friend while I was sitting at my desk, it hit me. Many of you love the pink dresser I have in my office. This past winter it got a little cleaning of its own, and it’s something I never wrote about on the blog, so today’s the day.
I bought this dresser about three years ago at a local antique shop. I was immediately taken by the color. I also love its character. There are plenty of nicks, scratches, and chipped paint. At the time, it worked perfectly in my gift shop. Here are some old photos I dug up in the IBC archives.
While I still appreciate a chippy painted pink dresser (I mean, who can’t?), as I transitioned my space from gift shop to modern office, the look just didn’t work anymore. Although I still loved the color, the piece was looking dirty and dingy. It bothered me for a while, so I finally did something about it.
Now, I will admit that it may have taken a tad more than 10 minutes, however, once I had all my tools and supplies, it wasn’t long before I had this dresser looking pristine and much more appropriate for the space. Also, I should mention this idea is presented as a quick-fix that totally worked for me. I’m not teaching you how to professionally paint furniture. Cool? Let’s do it!
First, I found a color match. Luckily, Sherwin Williams had a color, Rosy Outlook, that matched almost perfectly. If you’re not as fortunate, they also have the ability to match colors at the store. So, if possible, take a drawer or leg or another removable part that they can match. Anyway, I picked up a quart of the color in their semi-gloss ProClassic trim paint along with some 100 grit sandpaper.
Since most of the chips were on the edges of the dresser and the top, I just pulled the drawers out slightly and went over all the areas that need paint with some sandpaper. I gave the chipped areas a little extra attention.
With that finished, I quickly wiped everything down with a wet paper towel to remove the dust and then I started painting. As it turned out, I only needed one coat to make things look more polished.
Because the paint matched so well, I didn’t need to remove the handles since those areas weren’t chipped and the new paint blended right it.
Once everything was covered, my project was complete. It was that simple. I let the dresser dry overnight before setting anything on top of it and closing the drawers.
It’s amazing how a quick paint touch up can transform and clean up the look of something.
I find myself doing this often throughout my space. Because I have white trim throughout my house, once a year I spend a couple hours walking around and touching up any areas that might be nicked or irreversibly scuffed. It’s always such a good feeling afterward. It’s hard to believe how annoying one small paint chip can be. For example, right now there’s one chip in my living room that stares at me when I’m watching TV. That baby needs to go.
Anyway, I hope you found this tip helpful. For more quick and easy ideas for getting your space polished for spring, be sure to check out the posts below.
Cleaning Your Grill at Finding Home
Quick Painted Furniture Touch-Up at Inspired by Charm
Keep Your Refrigerator Clean at Thistlewood Farms
How to Clean Your Hairbrushes at TidyMom
The Best Way to Clean Windows at Four Generations One Roof
10 Minute Cleaning Tips at Julie Blanner