Welcome back to another Themed Furniture Makeover Day! If you missed last month’s you can check it out here. And this month our theme was storage. I knew the piece I found to use as our changing table would be perfect for this theme. It’s a BEAST and has lots of storage for all of Baby Berto’s goodies 🙂
It may not look like a changing table right now, but I promise it’s going to be one. Hence, the title of this post 😉 It’s still a bit of a work in progress. I haven’t even sealed it yet, but shhh. And obviously there will be a changing pad on top of it and the decor will be a bit different. As I mentioned, this thing is a beast. It’s super heavy and sat outside in our yard with a tarp over it for quite a while before I finally got around to tackling it. While it was outside, it may have gotten a little wet and the back piece of particle board got totally ruined so we had to rip that off. And I haven’t replaced it yet. Ha. But you would never know that by looking at it! Told ya it was a work in progress 😉
What was supposed to be a somewhat easy makeover, turned out to be a pain in the buns. After using my HomeRight sprayer on this piece, I was super excited to use it again. I prepped our backyard and got it all ready. You can see the missing backboard here 😉
Everything started out great. I was using Annie Sloan’s Pure White and I read some different articles about whether or not I needed to thin it before using it in my sprayer. Some people said they did and others said they didn’t.
I didn’t want to risk it so I used the little dripper that came with my sprayer and did the test. Basically you dip the whole thing into the can of paint and count how long it takes for all of it to drip out. Then you compare it to a little chart in the booklet they give you.
This stuff was going slow as molasses and I didn’t even bother timing the whole thing. I knew I had to thin it.
I really ball parked it here. I poured my paint into my canister, about a cup, and then added about a tablespoon of water. Make sure you mix it up really well and then you’re good to go!
Still smooth sailing after one coat.
And after two coats.
Then things started going down hill…
Problem #1: I don’t where these little buggers came from but our yard was FILLED with little mosquitos or some type of annoying bug. After each spray, they just kept landing on my piece and getting stuck in the paint! I had to use my tweezers to pluck them all off. Not cool.
Problem #2: This is partially my fault, but once I started spraying, I noticed a few yellow spots bleeding through. With ASCP you don’t need to prime, but bleed through is such an unpredictable thing. Of course I was stubborn and just kept telling myself they would get covered up with each additional coat. Not the case. *If you start seeing bleed through, stop painting and PRIME. They WILL NOT get covered.
Problem #3: The weather. It was actually a really beautiful day. It probably got up to 60 and was partly sunny. I started working on this piece around 11ish and of course it was only getting chillier as the day went on. I don’t know how cold it got, but it was cold enough that my paint started cracking and peeling! Ugh.
Hubby wasn’t home and there was no way I could move this beast myself, so I had to just let it weather the cold until he came home and we could move it together. I was so annoyed though I needed to take the rest of the night off from this thing.
I was able to get 3 coats of paint on it with my sprayer which was pretty great coverage. I just needed to fix the bleed through and chipping. I sanded down all the spots that were peeling and then put a coat of stain blocking primer on it plus a little extra over the spots themselves. Luckily since I was painting this white, the primer kind of acted like another coat of paint as well. Once that was all done, I just needed to top it off with one last coat of Pure White.
Notice there are no photos of these mistakes. I was too angry ha. But trust me. It wasn’t pretty.
I finished and photographed this piece in our dining room because a pregnant lady and a hubby with a bum knee aren’t capable of carrying this thing up a flight of stairs into the nursery. Once it’s up there, I’ll style it differently 🙂
I got the knobs from Anthropologie and let’s just talk about that sign for a minute. Is it not the best? It’s a DIY coming at you soon that I had a little help from a bloggy friend on. It’s actually going to be going over the crib. Eek. I can’t wait 🙂
So I’ve still got some work to do, but at least the hard part is done. I love how clean and simple this piece is. It’s going to be fun to style it once it’s up in the nursery!
Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing makeovers below!
A changing table in progress is brilliant. It is completely transformed into an outstanding new table.
Sarah @ Little Red Brick House
It’s beautiful, Bre! You would never guess that you had so much trouble with it from the photos; it’s flawless! Can’t wait to see it in Baby Berto’s space!
It was a pain, but totally worth it! I can’t wait to get it up in the nursery and style it!
Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
I didn’t recognize this piece as yours without your signature backdrop ha ha! It is super sweet already and will be perfect in the nursery when it’s done. The simple gold knobs are the perfect icing on this cake! XO
ah I know, it’s weird actually having pieces of my own to share these days! I can’t wait to get it up in the nursery 🙂
Lucy @ Patina Paradise
Pretty change table and love the sign above it.
Thank you so much Lucy!
This piece is going to be perfect for your baby’s nursery. I’m sorry that making it over was so much of a hassle but your hard work was well worth it because it looks great.
Thank you Paula! I’m definitely happy with the end result!
Amy | Canary Street Crafts
It’s going to be so perfect as a changing table, Bre! I already love it and it’s not even finished yet. And that sign….LOVE!! Can’t wait to see it all put together!
Thanks Amy!! The nursery is getting closer and closer to being done!
I love love love your changing table! You are amazing!
Aw thank you so much, Sara!!
I didn’t know you could use chalk paint in a sprayer. Even with all the problems, it came out looking beautiful!
You sure can! Spraying makes things so much easier, especially on larger pieces!
Marie at The Interior Frugalista
Gosh I can’t want to see baby Bertos nursery – every piece you’ve shared so far is so fresh and pretty. What a gorgeous change table and I know you’ll stage it beautifully for the nursery. Your frustration and hard work paid off on this one Bre!
Thank you so much, Marie! It’s getting closer and closer to being done and I can’t wait to share!! xo
Amy @ Highstyle Restyle
I can feel your pain with all your problems and am trying not to laugh at imagining you prying tiny bugs off the finish with tweezers. Priceless! Your patience and persistence paid off nicely because this is a perfect changing table now for your precious baby.
hahah I’m sure it was quite the site! And now I need new tweezers!
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
This is so retro sweet, Bre! I love the color and the pulls (and I love my sprayer too…a lifesaver!) I wish you the best. 🙂
Thanks so much Larissa!!
Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue
Oh my gorgeous! It looks like a purely sweet and innocently beautiful dresser, not a beast that gave my favorite pregnant lady trouble! 😉 The knobs are perfection, and I can’t wait to see it in Baby Berto’s room!
Such a beast! But totally worth it, it’s going to be perfect in the nursery!
Wendi @ H2OBungalow
So sorry this piece was such a beast! But…in the end it will look fabulous, it already does! What a lucky little baby to have a creative mom to make such a pretty changing table! Congratulations by the way!
Thank you so much, Wendi!! It was definitely a pain, but totally worth it in the end 🙂
What a great piece for a changing table. Lots of storage and room on top for everything. I love the knobs too!
Thanks Lindsay!! Now I actually need to get a changing pad, ha 🙂
cassie @ primitive & proper
oh bre, i love it!!! the knobs are perfect!