Sunday, July 3, 2011

An Apple a Day...

Renting can pose a challenge for decorating
If you read my "about me" section, you'll find that either my husband or myself, or both have been in school since we were married
We have moved 10 times 
and lived in 5 different states
in 7 & 1/2 years

I decided to use my furniture as a way to bring some much needed COLOR to my life and my family's.
So what did I do?
Painted our TV stand a green apple color!
This is the dresser we bought off craigslist before we moved:

 We loved the details and carvings on the drawers!
However, this piece is laminate (lesson learned, don't buy anything until you actually see it!)
There were a few areas that had to be fixed up,
we just used some wood putty:
 I also sanded the top just a little bit, to take off some of the shine so the paint would stick to it better
I was nervous about painting the laminate and after doing a lot of research finally decided to use:
Krylon's Fusion For Plastic spray paint
With this stuff, you don't need to prime it first
I sprayed everything but the drawers with black gloss.

The drawers had knobs that were attached 
Obviously, not the originals because
1) they were single knobs and there were 2 holes in the drawers, so it was off centered
2) they didn't match at all

I couldn't find any knobs that had the look I was going for
plus, it takes away from the details on the drawers
They open fine without them, so...
I filled in the holes with putty!

 I primed the drawers with 2 coats of Kilz
Then painted a couple coats of this:
It looked good (wish I had a picture) but the final step of glazing would bring the whole look together

I glazed the drawers black:


Ready for the big reveal?
How about another before picture first?

and AFTER:

It's honestly taken a bit of time to grow on me,
but I LOVE it now!
FYI: not having handles on it actually prevents my daughter from getting into it and pulling everything out!
I also love using a dresser as a TV stand, there is so much storage and it's all HIDDEN :)


  1. Love the color of your tv stand. Your tv stand is similar to two pieces I painted. Take a look at PS: I'm your first follower!

  2. Looks awesome! I've been trying to convince my husband to paint our TV stand green for months...perhaps yours will help!


  3. wow, that is such a statement piece! i love that the sides and top are black and the pop of color is right out front!

  4. Love this!!! Green is my favorite right now and you did it SOOOOO well!

  5. And... what color is that green? Really, it's great! And, I'm a follower, too!

  6. This is awesome! I never would guess that it is laminate! I like that only the drawers are green! They actually look good without the pulls!

  7. That turned out great!! I really love the color, too. It's nice to have some storage that the little people can't access. :)

  8. I love what you did with this dresser! I've been using lots of the 2X Rustoleum in pink and orange - now I really want to try some green! Thanks for sharing at Remodelaholic!

  9. Great job! I've been itching to do something in that apple green color! Looks great

  10. I love the color & glazing you chose. This piece is 1,000 times better looking...very pretty! I'm your newest follower if you would like to follow me back :)

  11. Love it!!! Especially the top being black instead of it all green. :) Great job!!

  12. Ah! I saw that color the other day and wanted to see it on something!! Love it, love it. Very nice job.

  13. I absolutely love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing.

    I just got a buffet for my dining room at our local Goodwill. I can't wait to sand, prime, and paint it!

    I pinned this one on my For The Home board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing it!

    Enjoy your week!

    LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  14. I'm so glad to c green! I love it when I see something new and different! Come and shared this with WorkShop Wednesday this coming wednesday. It would be a nice addition to the party

  15. wow! i love everything about it! i hae been searching for a similar dresser to do in the boy's (my husband and son) game room! love the idea as a dresser doubling as a tv stand! so much to hide in those drawers!

    great job!

    i just got done spray painting a little dresser for my daughter's room, exotic sea! love the idea of spray painting furniture! i am not new to pops of color of dresser, just new to spray painting them and i love it!

  16. WOW!!!! Great Transformation!!
    Very nicely done.... Love the color & the I would have never thought to do it with black & then just the drawers in green.
    Very creative.. Thanks for sharing
    (stopping by from TT&J)

  17. Wonderful job! I really like the color combo. The glazing looks perfect on the green. (Love all the detail on the drawer fronts.)

  18. This is cool! and it looks like it takes a long time to do it.

  19. This is beautiful! I love the green color that you used.

  20. What a great idea to use the fusion on the laminate top. I have a set of dressers I think I will using that idea for. THANKS!
    It looks awesome! I love the two tone look and how all the details POP with the glazing. Very nice work.
    I'm visiting from I Heart Nap Time. Thanks for sharing.

  21. What an absolutely adorable DIY! Well done.

    I hope that you will stop by and enter my giveaway.

    Happy Monday!

  22. I love this piece. You did a great job working around the laminate and handles. he black and green are awesome together

  23. LOVE THIS! I am actually planning on painting an old dresser of mine to become a TV stand- this is so inspiring. I love green and I may have to copy this in some way LOL

  24. I featured you this week for WorkShop Wednesday. Come and grab a button! Thanks for linking to the party!

  25. OOO! So pretty! I just redid a tv stand myself - I would love it if you would check it out! :) My first big furniture redo, so I'm kinda proud!

  26. I love this transformation!!! I bought an old dresser I thought was real wood, only to realize it is laminate as well :( I am seeking ideas on how to do it over, and I love love love what you've done with yours! I'm just stuck on where you said you "glazed" your drawers black, what does that mean/how did you do it?! I've never done any furniture over before so I'm actually happy to start on something I won't mind making a mess of!


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