I am happy to report that one item on my project list has been checked off. The new school year filled me with energy and enthusiasm, and one day I found a drop cloth, took out the drawers on my big dark dresser/toy cabinet, and got busy. No time like the present, right? I sanded it all down with my rotary sander and by hand, and removed the hardware. There was a LOT of hardware. Each drawer actually had four separate pieces, and they were screwed and nailed down. This thing was built to last!
I then primed it with STIX Bonding Primer, using a 2-inch angled brush and a "velvet nap" mini roller. I wasn't messing around.
My biggest hurdle was choosing the colour - I am not what they call "decisive." I got so many great suggestions from you guys and on Twitter, and really dithered about this. My poor Para colour deck got quite a workout. Finally, I went with my gut and chose a creamy white - Desert Sand to be exact. I dug out my coupon for a free gallon of Para Ultra paint that I got at Blog Podium (thank you Para and Blog Podium!) and headed to the local paint store in the Junction. I have to say, I normally just whip up to Home Depot and choose the cheapest paint I can get. Having this certificate forced me to find a Para paint distributor, which happily was West Toronto Paint. I had the best service, loved supporting a local store, and don't think I will be going anywhere else for paint any time soon! They gave me great advice on how to go about it: many thin coats ("as thin as you can get") with a light sanding in between. This is quite a departure from my usual glob it on thick to avoid too many coats. And sanding in between? Yeah, right.
This new-found high standard approach made for a lovely smooth finish, and many many days of chaos. Also, I became a little obsessive about it, constantly feeling for any drips, bumps, or nicks. Did I mention this baby is seven feet long and has nine drawers??
So you can imagine my dismay when I put it all back together and the doors in the centre wouldn't close. I took them off again and laboriously scrapped off all my meticulously-applied paint from behind the hinges, and on the doors. I have managed to jam them together, but can't quite figure out why they won't close. My mum suggested that maybe the moisture from the paint swelled the wood itself? Argh. Double Argh.
PS. Can you spot Cam in the after photo? :DPPS. All the lovely arrows I had so much fun using in Photoshop were a free download from the ever-amazing Ez at Creature Comforts.