Don't Cry Over Wasted Paint

Friday, October 25, 2013

We all make mistakes, right? Some of us eat two bowls of ice cream in one night and call it dinner (ahem), and others paint our furniture the entirely wrong color. Both of those are me, in case you were wondering. 

I bought this old dresser on Craigslist months and months ago. The legs and the drawers sold me. I love the uniqueness of the frame and the story I felt this old piece of furniture told. After some sanding, it was practically begging me to paint it.
The only question was, what color? For some reason, I decided to paint this dresser blue. I cut Annie Sloane Napoleonic Blue with Old White so it wouldn't be the exact shade as the buffet table I painted.
This is me realizing that I had just made a huge mistake. Sure, the blue was pretty. But I knew almost instantly that it wasn't going to work in our dining room. We would have been swimming in fifty shades of blue.
After a few weeks of crying (this was real pain, people) over my error in judgment, I repainted the dresser in Annie Sloan Old White. We also took the wheels off of the bottom because one of us (Grahm) is a little paranoid about our hardwood floors.

It looked so much better.
I especially love the old drawer pulls.
The drawers are perfect for storing some fancy pants dinnerware. Now someone just needs to buy us some!
I painted an old window frame in the blue I originally used for the dresser and hung a wreath I made on it. I think it does a nice job of pulling in other colors from the dining room.

Moral of the story: Paint is paint, and you can always redo. But first you obviously need to drown your sorrows in ice cream. Stop by next week to see our full dining room reveal, where I finally get to show off the fabulous table Grahm made!

18 comments:

Holly said...

Seriously, your DIY projects get me everytime. I wish I was as crafty and creative as you!!

Alexa said...

What's that sound I hear? Oh, nothing, just my entire house bawling its eyes out that it doesn't get to be as pretty as Casa de Roach. ;) The dresser looks gorgeous and I can't wait to see the full reveal!

A Thousand Words said...

You make it all seem so easy!

A Thousand Words said...

You make it all seem so easy!

Pamela said...

LOVE the window pane!! You always do such a good job!

Veronica Lee Burns said...

I can't wait to see the table!

Leigh said...

I love it both ways, but the white is perfect your room :) How did you make that wreath?

Jennifer said...

I think you're calling is to be an interior designer. People would pay you to do that in their homes. I so would! So come to Seattle please.

Jennifer said...

And by you're I totally meant your.

Erin LFF said...

Why are you so good at life?!?!?! :)

Rachel said...

That looks so much better! You have an eye for furniture that has potential!

Emilie Bordeleau-Laroche said...
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Emilie Bordeleau-Laroche said...

Wow! I LOVE this! Your DIYs always turn out so well (even with the wrong colour)!!

Allison said...

Love the white!!! And you are the queen of DIY's lately!! I love them all!!

Elle Vee said...

The white looks great!

Good to see you can see the positive! It's just paint after all!

Lauren said...

No surprise - it looks amazing, as usual!! Love that frame and wreath on the top. Maybe you should do a DIY tutorial on it for those of us that are crafting-challenged??

We just painted our kitchen, dining room, and "bonus" family room. I wanted a mustard/golden yellow and our first coat ended up yellow yellow. Wah wah. We repainted and it's now glorious. I understand the tears shed over paint :)

Kayla Peveler said...

& the award for BEST DIY-ER EVER, GOES TO MRS JENA ROACH!"

Like, you deserve this award, every single DAY. How are you so good at this stuff?!!?

Andrea @ Love is... said...

I love all of your DIY stuff! So awesome!