Here's a picture of the dresser. I had already taken off a few drawer pulls before realizing that I didn't take a before picture.
It's not a bad dresser at all & for only $10, it was a steal. Here's a closer look at the detailed work on the middle two drawers:
The veneer detail was coming apart, so I decided to just completely take it all off. After that, I grabbed a can of Cover Stain that I found at Home Depot a few months ago on the "oops" cart for only $5. It has a olive green tone to it, but I thought for $5 I could make it work.
This stuff is AMAZING! The only reason why I even picked it up is because it looked similar to a blog post I read by icreate...with love. Have you seen her picture flying around Pinterest?
I heart Cover Stain! It requires NO SANDING at all. Just scrub down the piece of furniture, let it dry, & then add your coat of cover stain.
I did this outside today, and in the heat, it dried in less than 20 minutes. For this mom of 4 little kids, the timing couldn't have been more perfect.
Next, I added only one coat of white paint by Behr. Once it dried, I did some sanding action and voila:
The middle drawer pull was found in my stash of items that I already had on hand. When I purchase drawer pulls, I usually pick up one or two extra to keep just in case one breaks.
I just love the original drawer pulls on this piece!
Pull: $2 (50% off Hobby Lobby)
Cover Stain: $5
Behr Paint: Leftover from previous project
Total Cost: $17
Time Spent: 1.5 Hours
I don't know if it'll be in our family room long-term, but for now, I like it. It's a great neutral color which gives us the freedom of moving it around until we finds its perfect place.
Don't be scared of painting a piece of furniture. Do a little research & try your hand at it. If you mess up, don't worry. You can either sand off your mistakes, paint over it, or just resale it as-is on Craigslist. You never know how good you are until you try...and then try again & again.
If you use the Cover Stain on a project, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you have any quick painting tips, send them my way!