Boy’s Room – A fun dresser gets a little love, the rest of the furniture get the leftovers

on April 12, 2013

Despite the fact that I appear as though I’ve been bathing in black paint, I am so excited to share this refinish, that I can barely contain myself!

Most of the furniture in Ayden’s room had lived in other places before coming to him. Until now, they were all different finishes, different colors, and different styles. This could have been seen as eclectic – or it could have been seen as a clean flea market – unfortunately, it was the latter.

The easiest way to bring continuity to a room is to match finishes. That was our goal.

First, there was the chest of drawers..

We were lucky enough to inherit this chest of drawers from my amazingly wonderful in-laws. The dressers were part of a childhood set belonging to Shay’s Uncle Rusty. Despite the fact that they were a little beat up and definitely outdated, I really loved them and I especially loved the brass hardware – they reminded me of steamer trunks.

They’ve had numerous homes – two in ours. We originally used them as a TV and game stand – the drawers were nice and deep and held our billion plus video games, and the top was sturdy and wide enough for a large boxy television. When the time came for Ayden to start dressing himself we wanted a dresser that would be easy enough for him to maneuver and short enough for him to reach. This fit the bill. When I started redecorating this room, I knew I wanted to keep them, but also knew they needed a little love. They were screaming at me, “Love us!” and I was screaming back, “I do! I do! But definitely only for your personality!” Looks aren’t everything, right? Unless, you are a dresser..

When deciding on the finish, we considered a few things that Ayden already has. Ayden has a platform bed that we made for him last year based on the Hailey Platform Bed from Ana White’s design plans and we love it. We wanted to bring all of the other furniture in to match – clearly the current finish does not.

The other consideration was Ayden’s ceiling fan, most importantly, the metal detail. I really liked the brushed nickel, and thought it gave a kind of industrial feel to the room, which presented a problem with the existing hardware – it’s solid brass. It would be impossible to replace it, as the pulls and side hardware are custom to the dresser, and although I could probably replace the tacks, they wouldn’t be the same without a custom order. So much for a cheap project!

Enter.. da da da dahhhhh.. that’s me singing.. Rub’n’Buff. This stuff is magic in a tube, I kid you not. You can find it at most craft stores – I got mine at Michaels, and I believe I’ve also seen it at Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately, they do not carry it at Joann’s.

This is how magic this stuff is – It transformed the hardware from brass to this..

in about 15 minutes. Really. It was the easiest part of the project, and it had the most impact. Win!

As you can see, I painted the dresser black – but instead of painting a flat finish of all paint, I opted for a glazed finish. Glazing is basically using a clear medium to thin out your paint, making the color more translucent, therefore allowing the underlying color to shine through. I like the smoothness of the finish, I like that you can still see the woodgrain, and I really like the variation in color that you get when glazing. It’s a “soft” black, if there is such a thing.

I removed the drawers and all of the hardware, and thoroughly washed the dresser down – because of the age of the dresser, under the drawer pulls was just nasty! I then mixed my paint – half to half ratio of Valspar Clear Glaze and Behr Paint in Eggshell finish – Black Suede. I then applied two coats of my mixed paint. I would apply a coat in small sections at a time, then go back and smooth the finish when I was done applying the coat – this is the nice thing about glaze – you can rework, leaving no brush lines! There was no primer needed and I applied it with a cheap sponge brush. Expect an exceptionally long drying time though – at least overnight for the final coat to be fully dry. Excuse the photos, my camera is terrible in low light (I’m hoping the Birthday Fairy brings me a new one for my birthday!) but I hope you can see the variation in color.

For the hardware, I used rub’n’buff in silver leaf. It was the simplest process ever – I applied a small bit (less than the size of a pea) at a time and rubbed it on to the hardware with an old sock. It dried nearly instantly. When I reapplied the hardware, I had to touch up the tacks and side hardware a bit, but other than that, I’ve not seen the finish fade at all. Beautiful.

As you can see, with just that little bit of TLC, we end up with something that finishes off the room and adds to the industrial look that I was going for – very manly, as Shay informed me.Just perfect for my about to be six-year-old – he definitely needs manly! But, it is a style that Ayden can grow with!

The side table was an old, very beat up, oak side table with parquet design on the top – I think it had once lived in my mother-in-law’s house. I liked that it was low which fit nicely with the platform bed. To refinish, I used the same technique as the dresser.

The headboard was a little more involved. When we had originally made Ayden’s platform bed, we’d always intended to go back and make the matching headboard. One thing led to another, we got busy, we forgot – a million other excuses.. all left Ayden without a headboard. The good news was, I just so  happen to redoing Ayden’s sister’s rooms, and one them had received a new headboard, leaving her’s available for stealing. The not so good news was, not only was it beat up, but it was the wrong color – and it was a light color to add insult to injury. Never fear, spray paint is here!

I started off painting a base coat of Krylon Espresso and covering the white. After the spray paint dried, I followed the same technique as the dresser above. Although the headboard doesn’t have the woodgrain to match the side table and dresser, the brown gave a good base to glaze over, giving it a similar look. I still need finials, so I’ll be on the lookout for those!

With the room painting done, and the furniture refinishing done, we’re on to storage of some kind and  wall decorating. Bring on the wall art and get ready for a full reveal!

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  • Melissa Whitcher

    This is such a neat transformation! So fun for a boys room. Our Simply Create Link party is going on right now. I would love to have you link up, as I'm sure my followers would like to see what you created too. Hope to see you soon!


    April 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks for checking it out, Melissa! I've put Simply Create on my feed. 🙂

      April 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply
  • JQ @ Its Always Ruetten

    Hi! You were the link before me at the Nifty Thrifty Sunday link party! This makeover is great! The piece really went from being… okay, sturdy, nice… to wowza! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    It's Always Ruetten

    April 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Hi Julia, thanks for checking us out! I'll be returning the favor.


      April 15, 2013 at 1:37 am Reply
  • VMG206

    So cool! LOVE the after. The black is beautiful and I love the new silver hardware!
    I'm visiting you today from DIY Showoff. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Burlap Ruffle Wreath

    April 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks, Megin! So glad you dropped by and I will definitely drop by your blog. Enjoy your Sunday!


      April 15, 2013 at 1:37 am Reply
  • Aimee Lane

    This turned out FABULOUS! XO, Aimee

    April 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm Reply
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