When we found out we were having our third little boy I knew I wanted to keep things simple in the nursery. I wanted bright and light and cozy and comforting. I also knew from my previous experiences creating nurseries that I want sentimental pieces and things that meant something to us. Enter this dresser and nightstand.
Awful I know! The dresser was my husbands at one point in his youth I believe and I can’t even tell you where we got that nightstand. I just know we’ve had it for YEARS and it’s moved around my house in a thousand different places I’ve tried to hide it.
I’ve known for a long time I wanted to use the dresser as our changing table. I love the outline of the bottom and new with some paint it could be great. Plus I had been using it in the big boy’s room for a while and it works great! There was nothing wrong with it functionally.
SO once I decided on a color scheme for the nursery I headed down to Eco Chic to pick out some paint colors for the dresser. I knew I wanted to use American Paint Company Paint for a few reasons.
1. Its non-toxic so that meant even while preggo I could do this ALL BY MYSELF.
2. You don’t have to sand or prime your piece prior to use. I’m what one may refer to as a lazy DIY-er. You know all those TV shows where they measure and prime and all that before starting a project? Yeah that is so not me.
3. I’ve been dying to try the top coat. I’ve been reading and hearing reviews for months about how easy to use it is, how great it works etc etc. I needed a big project to try it out for myself.
So I set out one sunny afternoon to paint the dresser. I moved it onto an old curtain I use as a drop cloth in the nursery. Yes, that is right people… I didn’t even move the piece outside… that lazy! For the dresser I poured about two cups of paint into a small bowl and used roughly 2 -3 tablespoons of water to thin it out. The paint is really thick and I wanted more of an even modern look with less brush strokes so I knew I needed to thin it. For the grey (officially called Smoke Signal) I only used 2 coats to cover the entire piece. For the white drawers (Navajo White) I needed 3 coats and used a full sample size container to cover.
This literally took me all of maybe 2 hours. I painted the first coat, dealt with a tantrum, a snack, a load of laundry, came back and painted the second coat. I had read in a number of places that you really wanted to make sure the paint was dry before applying top coat. So I let it dry overnight. Then I went to apply the top coat. I poured some into a bowl and put a little on the brush. The top coat is very watery and thin so you want to be sure to not use too much. I barely dabbed my brush in then took off the excess. I just lightly brushed the top coat all over the piece. I only moved in one direction just to make sure everything looked uniform. With top coat you want 3 coats for maximum protection and since I have kids I want MAXIMUM protection. I let the first coat dry completely (so about an hour or so?) and then did the next two coats. The result is pretty awesome if you ask me. The top coat makes the surface just a tad bit shinny and nice and hard. I love it!
It is recommended you wait a week to let it fully cure before sitting anything on the surface. I’m not that patient. I waited 3 days, then put the hardware on. As you can see the hardware got a little bit of an update by some spray paint (Rustoleum Hammered) and I found those glass knobs at Cost Plus.
So I thought I was all done painting. But then I started looking for little side tables to go with my new rocker. I found a few I liked but they were all so expensive and I really didn’t want to spend over $100 on a small table. Then lightning struck and I was like DUH! Use the nightstand. As you can see the shape of both the nightstand and the dresser is very similar. I spent a whopping 45 minutes start to finish on this little thing. I cannot believe I was going to buy something! The best part is I still have almost a half of can of Smoke Signal left!
I think they both turned out great! And they fit the space so perfectly! I’m just so happy with it all. And for all of you that want to see what the pieces look like in the nursery here is a little snippet.
You might spy a few Eco Chic favorites in there like a Petal Diffuser from doTERRA 🙂 and see those canvases.. yep that is some left over smoke signal!
So Tell us… have you used American Paint Company on any DIY projects in your home? We’d love to see how they turned out!