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Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

There are certain projects that have sat on my to-do list for way too long because I was dreading them. They sit there forever because I think they’re going to take too long, or be too difficult. And then I get to the point where I can’t wait any longer and I think to myself “why didn’t I do this sooner?”. This project is one of those. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

We have had this dresser in our guest room since we moved into the house. It was my husband’s dresser pre-marriage. It is a really nice, solid wood dresser. I’ve always wanted to stain it and add some hardware so that it would fit in with the rest of our furniture a bit better. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

For some reason, I had it in my head that it was going to be this crazy labor intensive and time consuming project. It really wasn’t that difficult at all. I spread the project out over several days. I would take care of one step, leave it to dry, and then come back a day or two later for the next step. 

I wasn’t sure what type of wood I was working with {I’m now thinking oak, based on the wood grain that showed up when I stained it}, so I used wood conditioner to be sure. Wood conditioners are very important for softer woods. They penetrate the wood to allow the stain to absorb well and evenly. For the stain I used Minwax Polyshades in Mission Oak {satin finish}. I am in deep love with the Polyshades line since it cuts out the need to apply separate coats of poly. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

You can see in the above photo what the dresser looked like after a coat of wood conditioner and a coat of stain. I panicked a little bit because the color looked eerily similar to the orangey yellow kitchen cabinets I’m dying to paint. The second coat did the trick though and it ended up being the exact color I was hoping for. 

I wanted the finished dresser to have a sort of vintage library feel – a little card catalog-esque. {Remember libraries?}. The drawers don’t really need hardware. Do you see the line on each drawer? That is basically a built in drawer handle. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

Even with the built in handle, I really wanted to find card catalog pulls. I searched high and low and oh my goodness – they are ridiculously expensive! I was not about to spend $50 or more on hardware I didn’t technically need. When I was about to give up, I stumbled upon these drawer pulls from D. Lawless. I’ve seen other bloggers talk about this store before, and I don’t know why I hadn’t checked it out until now. They will now be my go-to store for hardware! They have a great selection and the prices are unbelieveable. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

These guys only cost 60 cents {!!!}, instead of the $7-10 a piece like some I’d found. I wanted them to have an aged brass look. I spray painted them with Rustoleum’s antique gold and then used a bit of rub-n-buff on them. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover The dresser looks perfect in this eclectic little guest room of ours. It’s the perfect space to display some of our favorite vintage items. :)

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

What to-do list items have you been avoiding? Time to get on that! ;)

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P.S. Please excuse the photos in this post. Our guest room is basically a cave and gets very little natural night. Also, I’m in no way affiliated with D. Lawless. I just think they’re awesome and I’m super happy with my find! 

 

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DIY Backlit Marquee Letter

Hi there! Are you recovering today from a long weekend? Hopefully everyone had a fun, safe weekend without any firework incidents. ;)

I have had my heart set on one day owning a big, metal marquee letter from sometime now. My husband and I both love typography. We are what you might call “font nerds”. Comic Sans and Papyrus offend us, we love a good font joke, and typography art just makes us feel swoony. Do you know what doesn’t make us feel swoony? The prices of most of the marquee letters on the market. 

When I stumbled upon a wall full of galvanized metal letters at Hobby Lobby, I did a happy dance in aisle {especially because they were half off that week}. I quickly came up with my own take on an illuminated marquee sign. This may win for the easiest project in the history of Like a Saturday. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15To create your own backlit marquee letter, you will need a metal letter {mine was $15 at Hobby Lobby, but have seen similar at other craft stores and online}, a string of Christmas lights, and either duct tape or electrical tape. I used a strand of LED lights that I had on hand. These hardly put off any heat, so I don’t have to worry about the metal getting too hot. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

ampersand 1.jpgFlip the letter over and position the end of the strand so your plug is where you will need it to be. Start taping the strand of lights to the inside of the letter. You will want to place a piece of tape in between the lights. I wrapped and taped the strand to the outside edge of the letter, and then came back and did the same on the inside edge. I still had some lights left, so I taped those to the center portion. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

This is what mine looked like on the backside once I was finished {lit and unlit}. I just had a little tail sticking out of the bottom so I would be able to plug it in.

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

See? Seriously easy! For now, our illuminated ampersand is living above our bedroom dresser. An ampersand seems like a fitting character for over here, since we have several wedding mementos on the dresser {like a few wedding photos and our cake topper birds}. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

 

Are you a typography nerd, too? What ways have you incorporated it into your decor?

 

 

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DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

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How to Paint Your Trim

One of my goals this year for our home is to repaint all of our baseboards and doors. Our house is 22 years old, and it was time to freshen up these areas. I was dreading it a bit because I assumed it would be difficult and that I would have to sacrifice an entire weekend to get it all done at once. I gave myself a little grace and decided to just take care of one room at a time, and it seems much less overwhelming to me now. It helps that we have a small house, too. :) 

I figured I’m not the only one who felt intimidated or overwhelmed by taking on trim painting. So, today I’m sharing how I paint our trim and a few tips and tricks to make it a little easier for you. 

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. First, you’re going to need to grab all of your supplies. You will need painters tape, packing tape, a paint scraper, a good brush, and quality paint and primer of your choice. You may also need some sand paper, wood filler and a straight edge. 

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. Before you get started on painting, give each surface a good cleaning. You don’t want to paint over dirt or dust. If you have any uneven areas or dings in the trim, you will need to sand smooth and fill in with wood filler. Take care of all of these problem areas first. For my primer, I use Glidden’s Gripper Primer. This stuff sticks to pretty much anything and everything. If you’re going to use a traditional primer, you will need to use a deglosser and/or sand the area. I love the gripper primer because it knocks out one to two steps for me.

I like to tape off the trim I’m painting. Even though it can be a time consuming step, it frees me up to paint much quicker since I’m not worried about ruining the walls or floor. I feel like it saves me time in the long run. At the very least, tape of the floor with painters tape. You can use a straight edge near the wall if you like, or freehand if you’re very steady. I find that I can move quicker and get a crisp line with I use tape.

how to paint your baseboards around carpetWhen I’m painting baseboards that sit near the carpet, I like to use this little trick. I tape off the floor with clear packing tape instead of the blue painters tape. I then use a paint scraper to push the tape in between the carpet and the baseboards. It will fold over and smush down the carpet fibers so that they are protected from the paint. It’s a pretty amazing trick that I’ve had a lot of success with!

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. Once everything it taped off and ready to go I do one coat of primer, and then one coat of paint. I’m using Sherwin William’s ProClassic paint in Alabaster. This paint is formulated with trim and doors in mind, so it’s a great option!

How to Paint Your Trim -- tips for how to paint your trim and baseboards easily, quickly and without ruining your walls, carpet or hard flooring. I knew our trim and doors were starting to look a bit yellow, but I had no idea how bad it was until saw the contrast between the new and old paint. This photo doesn’t really do it justice, and it’s only with the primer… but it is looking so much better! Every thing seems a bit newer, cleaner, and brighter with fresh white trim. 

So far I’ve only tackled our entry way and our master bath {womp, womp}, so I still have a long ways to go. But! It seems much more doable now that I have an easy system in place. Getting the trim and doors painted in the bathroom also means that phase 1 of our master bath makeover is done {finally!}, so I’ll have a reveal for you soon! :) 

Have a great day! 

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