Thursday, March 6, 2014

Coral With A Touch Of Gold

I was so excited when I got a request from Emily for a coral dresser. I have wanted to paint something in coral for the longest time. And when I found out that the dresser was for a sweet baby girl due in May, I was totally thrilled!
 

Emily was thinking a double dresser would fit her space and provide lots of much needed storage. Babies may be small, but they quickly acquire lots of stuff! ... After several weeks of searching, this one popped up on Craigslist. Let's just say that picking it up was an adventure that involved deep snow, a long and winding lane (turning around was not an option), a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere, a police officer and a few K9 dogs!


The dresser was in relatively good condition and looked like solid wood, but it actually had a laminate top.


And even I can't believe how this worked out, but I just happened to receive a can of Kilz Adhesion  primer to try out the very same week that I picked up the dresser. This is a bonding primer made specifically for hard, glossy surfaces - perfect for my laminate top. And I love that it's water-based too.


My only prep was a cleaning with TSP Substitute and a very light once over with a sanding sponge to smooth the edges. The primer went on beautifully and provided the perfect anchor for the paint. I was already a Kilz fan. I use Kilz Premium on a regular basis. Now I have a great option made specifically for tough-to-paint surfaces. Thanks so much Kilz!


Emily is using coral and gray in her nursery and selected this yummy shade called Coral Expression for the dresser. I had it mixed in Behr Premium Plus Ultra in a satin finish.


And because it is still snowy and freezing around here, I painted this one in my sunroom.


I kept this one totally clean and modern, no distressing. And I finished it up with two coats of Minwax Wipe On Poly in a satin finish for durability.

 
Emily is using touches of gold in the nursery and asked if we could keep the original hardware, so I just brightened it up with a little Rub 'n Buff in Antique Gold.


This stuff is so easy to apply, just rub it in with your finger (gloves are a good idea) and buff it with a soft cloth.

 
I like to keep some of the original finish showing through so it looks a little more naturally aged.

 
I absolutely love the look of the gold against the coral!


I can't wait to see this dresser in it's new home. Yes, I am going to beg Emily for pictures of the nursery and of course her new baby girl!


Have I mentioned that I really love what I do!
Painting furniture is fun and meeting really nice people along the way - priceless!
 
*Currently, KILZ Adhesion is a special order product online through the Home Depot. KILZ is working on expanding it's availability in stores. It is available in quart and gallon sizes at homedepot.com.
 
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34 comments:

Little Bitty Damn Houze said...

LOVE!!! This dresser and bedroom furniture was actually my 1st set of REAL furniture many moons ago!! I simply LOVE this!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Lovely! What a fun color...makes me long for spring!

Gigi Harlan said...

I love what you did with the dresser! The pick-up sounds like it was horrendous but I am sure you client will appreciate all of your hard work! Love the gold touches against the coral. Thanks for the tip about the Kilz adhesion for the laminate finish. Now I don't have to say no to laminate surfaces!

Gigi @ Old World Patina

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

BE-A-UTIFUL!!! I would stare at that dresser all day!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

such a fun piece for a baby girl! i love it!!!!

Laurel Stephens said...

I can picture this pretty dresser perfectly in a nursery. You did a beautiful job (as always.) The finish looks smooth as silk. I love painting inside my house, too. I DVR the old Golden Girls series just for when I'm painting furniture. The dialog is so funny, I can just listen as I paint, without watching the screen, and I just chuckle the time pleasantly away! Is that a little stool on wheels I see back in the corner? Brilliant!! I must have one!

Tabatha McCaffrey said...

I love!!! I'm totally dropping by Home Depot today to grab a can of this color!! Thanks for sharing. {ChicByTab} come share at http://chicbytab.blogspot.ca/2014/03/chic-by-you-wednesday-link-party-2.html

Gail Wilson said...

beautiful transformation Sharon! I love the color, and Behr Premium Plus is my FAVORITE paint!

Did you mention?? is the Kilz water or oil based? I may have overlooked it.

Won't you be so happy when you can paint outdoors again? I know I will be so excited to use my Finish Max again. :)

gail

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Love this color, so girly! And love the style of dresser, too. Sounds like quite a trip to pick it up! The final product looks so worth it, though!

RPK Interiors said...

What a fun color, especially during a cold, wintry day! Love the gold with the coral!

NanaDiana said...

That turned out really great! Love the pop of color. That is the same dresser design as one I had-I passed it along to my daughter and now she has passed it along to her older brother. Ours has the matching mirror. xo Diana

Beth@Makemeprettyagain said...

Kilz Adhesion ?? Where did this come from? Is it something new? Never seen it before. Hmmm. If that came in a spray can, it'd be perfect! (I'm lazy with primer!!) That is one gorge shade of coral. You really transformed that baby.

Jenna LaFevor said...

Love that coral color, Sharon! The gold goes with it perfectly!

Jenna LaFevor said...

Love that coral color, Sharon! The gold goes with it perfectly!

Christy said...

This is beautiful. I'm about to paint a dresser coral and I can't wait. This makes me smile. It's just beautiful. :)

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

Just gorgeous! I bet you can't wait for the weather to warm up, painting in the house is dangerous for me ;)

Our Pinteresting Family said...

The coral shade is just perfect. This nursery is going to be beautiful. I love the hardware too. Hopefully it will warm up soon around here and you can paint outside again. :)

The Painted Drawer said...

Don't you just love where Craigslist takes you lol! Fantastic makeover and great color! The hardware is so pretty against the coral. I love the finish on them. Beautiful!

Artsy Matilda said...

Wow Sharon! You nailed this one! This piece is absolutely beautimus! I bet the nursery is stunning and this is surely the center piece. Fabulous!
Hope y'all thaw out soon, dear. What a winter!
xo Cheri

Mary Vitullo said...

Such a pretty colour. Great job. I love what you did with the hardware!

Mary @ Orphans With Makeup

Angela Ryder said...

Such a beautiful color! It turned out fabulous!!!~~Angela

Unknown said...

Hello, my name is Katy and I'm the social media coordinator for KILZ brand products.

Currently, KILZ Adhesion is a special order product online through the Home Depot. We are working on expanding it's availability in stores. It is available in quart and gallon sizes at homedepot.com.

Quart: http://www.homedepot.com/p/KILZ-1-Qt-Adhesion-Bonding-Primer-L211104/204763141

Gallon: http://www.homedepot.com/p/KILZ-1-gal-Adhesion-Bonding-Primer-L211101/204763136

Please email me at kwillenbrink@masterchem.com if you have questions on Adhesion or any of our other primers and paints.

Thanks!

Hetty said...

Absolutely adorable Sharon! Love the deep coral shade, great choice for a nursery.

Melanie, LostandFoundDecor.com said...

Thanks for the tip on the Kilz and the Gold Rub'n Buff, two products I haven't tried! It will be a great dresser for a bright, fun nursery.

Amberly Steele said...

This is such a pretty color!

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

Turned out beautifully! Let's hope the weather warms up soon so we all can paint outside of the house again!

Heaven's Walk said...

What a beautiful color!!! Love how it turned out!! :) I've used Rub n Buff many times and love how it transforms anything I use it on!

xoxo laurie

WoodsofBellTrees said...

Oh my goodness I love what you what you did with the teaser paint! Gorgeous! Great job painting the dresser too!

Sarah Vanderkooy said...

What a beautiful piece. I LOVE coral right now, just finished my daughter's nursery in coral and aqua. Thanks for sharing this piece.

brepurposed.com said...

Beautiful color! Turned out great :)

Good Time Charlie said...

I am in love with this color! What a beautiful finish you did on this too. Thank you so much for sharing! I am featuring today :)

Artsy VaVa said...

That's a great makeover. I LOVE the coral color! And, I'm so happy to know that there is a primer for the laminate. I usually pass over pieces because of that. I'll give it a try. Thanks for the info! Have a wonderful weekend.

Susan Johns said...

Excellent color and clean work.

Catherine said...

Just love it! Saw your picture over at Domestically Speaking and had to come over. Beautiful work :)