Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Numbered Gray Dresser for my Son's Room.....Not so sure I like it!


Hope you are having a wonderful day!....How is your week going?
Mine has hit a snag.....
Have you ever felt after a project is finished.....
"Wait, wait....this is just not the look I wanted"? Well, that's how I am feeling after painting my son's old dresser.......
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You may remember me posting about my son's room last week....He was out of town on a Church Mission trip and I took that opportunity to surprise him with a room redo and our version of DIY pallet bed

In addition to making him a pallet bed  for his room, I was also working on updating his old dresser. 
He has had this dresser since he was 4.....He is 16 now, it's been around our house for a few years!
I wanted to find a color very close to the color of his bedding..I used a Martha Stewart color called Zinc....You may remember Cassie @ Primitive and Proper using this color here on her mantle..Great color!

I sanded, primed and painted the dresser and then printed off numbers for the last 3 drawers..I used carbon paper to trace the numbers on the drawers and then painted them in with a the same white paint I used on my kitchen cabinets. You can find my tutorial on printing, tracing and painting numbers and letters here
After the numbers were painted on. I then sanded heavy on the numbers to give them a worn look.

I added some knobs I already had......Then I enlisted Hubby to help me with the rope pulls we put on the top 2 drawers.



So here is the old dresser finished...AKA, the numbered gray dresser.......HOWEVER, as I said, sometimes we win and sometimes we lose!!!
While I really like the dresser, I don't think it fits his room....Maybe it feels a little too juvenile to me.

I even went to the trouble to drag it upstairs, knowing, I would not like it!.......So any opinions, I am sure you are thinking the same thing....."too juvenile for a 16 year old room".....So I am back to the drawing board, trying to find a dresser for his room.....Maybe a trip to the thrift store is in order...."oh, darn", wink, wink!

So wish me luck.....here's to hoping my thrift store is full of possibilities!

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26 comments:

  1. I think it turned out beautifully! If you don't like it in your son's room, I bet there are plenty of other places in your home that it would be wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Linda, I totally agree, using it somewhere else is a great idea!

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  2. Hi Lisa, I think that dresser is TOTALLY fab...especially those rope pulls! But as a mom to 2 teen boys, I agree with you about it being too juvenile for a 16 year old. As awesome as the numbers are, have you thought about painting over them? I think the dresser would be more age appropriate but still AWESOME! Just my two cents. The rest of the room rocks too, BTW! Love your style.

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    1. Thanks Susan, you are right, it just does not fit a teenager....I may paint over the numbers....my fingers are crossed, I'll find something else!

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  3. I love it! I think it turned out really great! I agree with you though, maybe a better fit for a younger child. Could you use it in another room? The painted numbers are really neat!

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    1. Thanks Brandi, good call on using it in a younger kids room, it may work in my daughters room in a different color.

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  4. Looks like you did an amazing job! I havent used many of Martha Stewarts colors, but this one I like.

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    1. Thanks, MS colors are some of my favorite.

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  5. I think it came out really great!! But, yes, I do think it's a bit young looking for a teen. I think if you painted over the numbers, it would be clean and simple and work in the grown up space better. If you wanna scrap it, have fun thrifting :)

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    2. Spot on ALi, it does need a cleaner look, I did go and look today, I might of found an option!

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  6. I love it, when I saw you didn't like it I thought "what the heck why??" Then I saw your son was 16 and I kinda get it now. I think the combo of the rope pulls {which I love} and the numbers {which I love too} is making it seem juvenile. Maybe get rid of one of the two. That would be tough because I do love them both. The numbers came out perfect and that color is gorgeous. What does your son think, his opinion matters most.

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    1. So true one or the other needs to go, the combo, is what makes it seem like a 7 year old's room, haha!

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  7. ok, i love it as is but for his age the thing that is throwing it off is the font- i think if the font were off center and more industrial looking it would be more age appropriate. or, like ali said, paint over the numbers.

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    1. Totally agree, I picked the wrong font.....funny, how that can make such a difference in the look!

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  8. i think its adorable and it looks like it matches the rest of the furniture you have in there. i do agree with cassie about the numbers maybe that would make it feel like it was more for a teenager. but i do think it turned out really cool!

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    1. I am going through the same thing with my 18 yr old. Just got rid of his captains bed(too juvenile) and aquired an ugly dresser that I am rehabbing.

      I like that Zinc color, but the #'s are a bit juvenile. Maybe do an "ombre" affect just on the drawers. Can't wait to see what you end up doing.

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  9. I absolutely love the color and will be going to see your post on printing and painting numbers! I guess the consensus is that it's not a good fit for the room, but I'm sure you'll find another place for it! Have fun at the thrift store :)

    Kathleen

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  10. Dang, I love it, too! Yes, I've had my share of projects that didn't turn out how I expected. I think if you painted over the #s the color is perfect, I was trying to think of something else you could paint (any #s that are more significant to him, or letters? - EAT, ha! that's significant to my teenager! :)

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  11. The dresser turned out awesome! I know that feeling though, and how if it's not what you're envisioning for the room it's just going to drive you nuts every time you see it. Been there! I also liked Cassie's idea of changing the font and moving it off center. Worth a shot before you throw in the towel!

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  12. I think it turned out great! I love the color! I think if you take off the numbers it will be great! You are so talented!

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  13. Never disappointed in any of your projects. They amaze me. I couldn't even tackle one! By-the-way. . . I'm not ignoring you just a little out of touch and my phone is very temperamental! Here's to catching up soon. We didn't go to Washington, DC. Headed cross country and in Nauvoo now.

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  15. Love the bed and I don't hate the dresser. I like it, but it's a little young, but not horribly. If it's not what you had in mind or not quite reading as mature enough, then why not start over - it's just paint. Easier said than done, though, huh? I hate that feeling of things not looking how you thought - I beat myself up.

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