Today’s story is about a dresser for a friend of mine who just welcomed her precious little one, Ezra (<such a great name!) several weeks ago. Ezra’s mom, Amy, was one of my best childhood friends and we have so many good memories. We lost touch over the last 15-20 years….no particular reason, but her family moved out to Whidbey Island when we were kids and I eventually moved away for college – etc. Fortunately, my mom ran in to Amy’s mom at Costco last year and they started getting together for visits. When we heard Amy was expecting, we were invited to her baby shower and I thought what better gift could I give her than beautiful and functional piece of nursery furniture? I messaged her to ask if she had a changing table already – and she did not, so I told her I would provide one.
I, for one, am glad to put an end to this saga (no pun intended). Yes, I planned to finish this project long before baby Ezra came, but I had so many problems. I repainted it 5x (????)….I lost track. Anyway, I’m not going to re-hash it, because it is too painful to discuss, hehe, but heed this advice: if you are painting with Fine Paints and it does crazy, inexplicable things for no reason, stop, just stop. Stop using the paint and do something else for that piece. The paint is finicky and you will have problems no matter what, but most issues will have an explanation. My only explanation and conclusion for the problems experienced with this piece of furniture was that there was some type of chemical reaction between the paint and something on the original surface. And that’s all I’m going to say….
Here is the before picture, except this is not the actual before, so don’t hate me for painting my piece. I borrowed this photo from the Internet a while back, but can’t remember where. The actual dresser was beat up and in pretty rough surface condition. (BTW, If this is your photo, let me know and I’ll link it up).
And now…..the long-awaited (by me) reveal.
Is it just me, or is that mirror like gloss to live for?
General Finishes Antique Walnut Gel Stain and High Performance Topcoat in Gloss. Favorite stain color!
Art work via Pop Wheel Art on Etsy.
As always, thanks for reading!
Linking to: Friday’s Furniture Fix