Well the chest was great looking. I loved the lines of it and the legs. It just didn't match our bedroom.
After some Photoshopping, I decided it would look best in black with a teal cushion.
|Pajamas on the floor on both mine & Tris's sides of the bed? Classy.|
I used a roller that a Home Depot guy recommended for a smooth finish. Unfortunately, it left me with a billion tiny bubbles on the chest. Looking back, I think maybe I just didn't get enough paint on the roller? Anyway, I ended up using a $.97 brush to just brush over some paint for about two coats. This way I got some soft brush marks, but they actually look nice and they covered up all those weird (and kind of ugly bubbles).
This was my first project using a roller instead of spray paint, and even though it didn't come out as smooth (literally and figuratively) as I'd hoped, I'd be willing to try it again. For smooth flat surfaces, it seems way more cost effective to use regular paint instead of spray paint. And, even though spray paint comes in a huge array of colors, sometimes you can't get exactly what you want, and that's another plus to regular paint. I hope I have more success with it next time.
After the painting, I headed off to JoAnn's to buy fabric. I took my mom with me because I'm hopeless with a sewing machine (I really want to learn, though!).
I wanted to find the perfect fabric and saw a couple that were almost perfect and decided to settle. As I was leaving the aisle,I saw the perfect one hidden on a bottom shelf! There wasn't very much left, but there was enough for what I needed! Score! I was so excited. I love pattern, but knew I had to find a fabric with a small pattern so it wouldn't compete with the giant pattern on our comforter. Long story short: It is nearly ridiculous how excited I was about the fabric.
My Mom helped my pin and sew. I'm not really sure what we did. Sewing machines are way beyond me. And yet, I still insisted on a picture so I could at least look like I knew what I was doing. . .
Not bad for $30. . . Well, the chest was $30, the roller $6, the paint $7ish, the fabric was a couple bucks and was the batting (primer & spray paint were all ready owned). . . But still, way cheaper than buying something in stores!
See that sucker? A similar top-opening black hope chest from Fast Furnishings is a whopping $249 (on sale!) - it definitely makes me feel better about my total! And probably I couldn't even find a new one with those adorable mid century legs, even if I wanted to!
This chest officially makes me happy. I love having it in our room and I love how well it matches. I also may or may not love the fact my sister told me she was jealous of it and wants a pink one for her house ;-).