After my success with the kitchen furniture, I decided to attack the larger dresser for the living room.
For the living room, we decided to go with mostly creamy neutrals (well, once we get a couch, that is…right now our living room is empty of actual living room furniture) with accents of deep eggplant purple and a tiny bit of lime green. Adventurous colour scheme, no?
We also bought this chair from Target, because it has the perfect colours:
We already have a lovely tan/cream couch picked out, but we are delaying buying it until we have some more money saved up. We coooould buy it now, but I would prefer to not have my bank account look so devastated. Thank goodness I just started my new job!
So for the dresser, I decided to also be adventurous and match that deep eggplant colour. Here is what I was going for:
Here are two major things I would have liked to know BEFORE starting this project:
1) There is such a thing as black primer! Who knew? It would have been very helpful in getting the deep rich colour I wanted, without having to do FIVE to SIX coats of pain! That is not including the two coats of primer, and the two coats of polycrylic.
2) When I bought my first can of paint (naively thinking that I would only need 2 or 3 coats, and therefore a quart would be more than enough paint), the Lowes employee should have informed me that the paint I handed him could NOT be made to match the colour swatch I handed him exactly. (And then he should have pointed me towards the appropriate quart of paint). Instead, I took my incorrect paint home, painted four coats, and was still somewhat disappointed in the Barney-shade of bright pinkish purple. When I ran out of paint, I hoped that it just still needed more coats to cover the blinding white primer, and headed back to Lowes. I got a different employee this time, who informed me that “I can’t make this colour with this paint”. Uh, what? Oh, and the first employee did not make the colour match barcode thingy for the first can either, so she couldn’t match the first incorrect colour either. So I had her guess at the colour, bc luckily I had enough of the first can to do a final coat over the newer can of paint. I just needed multiple layers, and only had one layer left of the old colour.
This time, I went ahead and bought satin nickel finish spray paint, to refinish the doorknobs and handles. Sadly, when I was putting the hardware back on the dresser, one of the screws seems to have magically shortened, and now I can’t fasten the last doorknob. Can I buy a single screw at Lowes?
In the end, I am mostly happy with the furniture. It is still too….purple. But it is close to the deep, deep reddish purple I was going for. Sort of. But I may always call it Barney.