Have you ever started a project with enthusiasm only to hit the "what was I thinking?!" stage like a brick wall? Whether it is running out of paint or another unforseen interruption, reality and creativity collide and can derail the best of intentions. Chances are, you have or will meet similar obstacles along your path of projects. You know--the stage before the pretty "after" photos, when you want to cut your losses and run! Since I just journeyed this rocky terrain myself, I wanted to share the process: flaws, frustration and all.
It is filthy, so I start cleaning with Murphy's oil soap when I first start to notice an unknown foam material that I originally thought were places paint had been rubbed off particle board. The majority of the dresser is wood including the actual drawers which are in excellent condition. However, the outer facing off the drawers seems to be paint over this foam over particle board, which stumps me--something I have never seen before! Still determined, I begin to improvise. Most of the original paint, though scratched and yellowed is still in tact, so I try sanding the "foamy" areas. This works okay on a few corner places but I soon discover the bottom edge of the dresser is a mix of peeling paint and foam. Sanding the bottom edge only seems to make the surface rougher so I decide to try to remove the foam--easier said than done! I spend a good chunk of time alternately sanding and scraping the foamy mess. I wonder if I will ever finish and if the foam will ruin an otherwise great dresser! What was I thinking?! End of Day 1.
Day 2: I am optimistic. The dresser and drawers are sanded and ready to paint. I have removed as much foam as possible with a little wire brush and I test the area to see if there is any way I can cover it with enough paint...no! I decide to put the bottom edge dilemma on hold and start painting the rest. After the first coat, I run out of paint, so I'm off to buy more. I also pick up pretty glass knobs to replace the current less desirable ceramic ones and hunt for some type of solution to cover the bottom edge issue, but nothing stands out. Once home, I add a second coat of paint and love the soft gray shade but am still clueless on how to resolve that bottom edge! Time to call it a day. Day 3: I wake up with spackle on my my mind--not sure if it will work but going to give it a try! I press it in the grooves and over the rough edges, smoothing it as I go. While it dries, I paint the scrolled edges of the dresser top and drawers white.
Have you had a project that almost got the best of you? What was your fix?
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