03 August 2015

Midcentury Dresser In The Playroom

I'm finally getting started in the playroom upstairs. Sadly, it has been completely neglected since we moved in a year ago.

The kids are getting older, so I want this to be a clean, organized place to hang out with their friends, rather than a colorful crazy preschool play room jam-packed full of toys and games. They play Wii, watch movies and TV, and have sleepovers in this area. The days of play dough and giant wooden puzzles are behind us.

They have been asking for a full-scale chalkboard wall for years. This area is big enough and bright enough for a dark chalk board wall, and the wall texture is great too - nice and smooth.

So we picked a wall and got to painting.

A couple of updates to the existing furniture will bring everything together.

These chairs are done...

This dresser is done...

I've had this guy for several years. Long ago, I brought it home, and cleaned and shined it up for the short term, but now it's time for an official makeover. We use it in the playroom as a TV console. It is  perfect for Wii games, accessories, remotes, and any other random thing I might find in there. *dirty socks*

I found it at a thrift store in Fargo, for $10, and it was my first midcentury piece. 

After sanding and priming, I used two coats of soft gray on the outside, followed by three coats of polycrylic. The finish on the drawers was just dull and faded, scratched in a few spots. I lightly applied General Finishes Java Gel Stain and wiped it away, and the result was perfect! I was afraid it would be too dark, but it is exactly what I had in mind. It looks like the original finish, just perfectly refreshed.

There is still a lot to do. I have two more walls to paint, possibly some curtains, art to hang, and the boring wall behind the TV is about to get some attention.

Before & after:

Also, we are the proud owners of a sweet Bassett Hound puppy. Basset Dresser, meet Basset Hound.

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