This will be the 11th set of changes to this room, 10 of which were fully documented in this unexpectedly popular post.
Also known as 'that one time I had Jesse photoshop my face on a turtle's body and hundreds of thousands of people saw it.'
I learned several useful lessons from that post. One, it's okay to share your failures. We're all human here. Two, I'm not the only person who has to decorate a room 45 times before it looks even remotely okay. And three, I make a masculine turtle.
You can't fight the truth.
Anyways, I have a few more things to finish up before I share the bedroom in its entirety, so today I thought I would share just one little tidbit to kick off the new year.
Do you remember Vern?
So, I'll re-introduce you today.
If you're confused, please refer to this. However, you should allow yourself a prolonged Hammer Dance if you know who Vern is without looking.
Make sure to stretch beforehand.
Without further ado, here's Vern today, looking rather dignified in his striped suit.
In other words, I painted a dresser white with a gray stripe.
I kept the hardware the same, but spray painted them back to gold.
Their memoir will be out in the Spring.
"From Gold to Silver to Gold Again: Someone please make it stop."
I also added some fun new accessories.
I found an awesome mirror for $10 at the thrift store. It was originally a dark gold color, but I updated it by coating the entire frame with this metallic paint and then I highlighted a few areas with this shade of Rub n Buff (affiliate links).
The little silver canister was another thrift store find that I've had for awhile, formerly seen here as a Q-tip holder.
The furry blob is some fabric that found temporary safety as Vern's scarf. Because it's about to be made into a pillow.
I also bought my first house plant ever, which I put in a pretty bowl. And although I watered him really well before we left for Christmas vacation, he did not fare well. I'm currently trying to resuscitate him by the kitchen sink, but the prognosis isn't good.
It probably doesn't help matters that Cheese keeps trying to sit on it when she looks out the window.
I shouldn't be allowed to own plants, but it was fun while it lasted. Luckily, I had the foresight to take these pictures before we left. So, let's take a minute to appreciate my first and last plant. He was beautiful.
So, here's a quick tutorial if you're wanting to join the striped dresser club.
We have monthly meetings at Red Lobster.
All the Cheddar Bay Biscuits you can eat.
Dress code is jorts and turtlenecks. No exceptions.
I'm waiving the enrollment fee for a limited time only.
Ok, so first step.
Paint your dresser whatever you want the base color to be, using the steps mentioned in last month's tutorial.
I painted mine during my New Girl marathon, using dollar store shower curtains as a dropcloth. It is what it is.
I let my base coat dry overnight and the next day I applied tape to create my stripe.
Then, I painted over the tape with the base color. This is a little trick I recently learned that prevents your paint from bleeding underneath the tape. Basically, it makes your stripe perfect.
Then, I painted the stripe with my accent color. I wish I could tell you the paint colors, but I used samples and threw away the empty containers before I remembered to write down the names. So, we're going with white and gray.
Then, before the paint dries, peel off the tape. You should have a perfect stripe at this point. Then just let it all dry and put the dresser back together.
And that's all there is to it!
And that's all for today, ya'll!
I'll be back soon to share the rest of the bedroom, my thrift store findings over vacation, and celebrate my 2 year blog anniversary. I have no idea in what order, but hopefully all of those things will happen at some point. I'm currently still in the throes of ham euphoria. Plus, it's snowing here (which never happens) and Downton Abbey is back.
'Til next time!