Working on a new campaign
Two weeks ago I popped into a Flea Market at the corner of Clairmont Road and Buford Highway. It’s where I got these random pinecones, and there is just so much junk to look through there. Well, this time I spied these campaign-style nightstands:
Which made me think of this:
Source: Vanessa De Vargas, Lonny Issue 2
We have had our eyes peeled for a small dresser to replace the
refrigerator flat file that is in the office/boys room. I think Taylor’s come to terms with moving it into the basement. The fact that we’re planning on putting a flat screen in there for the PS3 is part of the acceptance stage, if I had to guess.
I thought about the nightstands for a week, then went back and they were still there. I got the pair for 30 bucks. Pushed together, they will make a nice small dresser, if a little short.
The office, a wee part of which you can see here, is painted gray (Behr’s Dolphin Fin) and has pops of yellow. The artwork we have up there is mostly black with electric yellows, greens and blues. Here’s one piece by Taylor. And a Ken Done print that I bought on a trip to Australia.
All that said, I debated about what color to paint it, but we decided we liked the yellow-green so much that we decided to go the same route.
First, I used soap and water and wiped everything down. At the bottom of one of the nightstands I found a cardboard heart and a “Happy Birthday, Mommy” card dated 2003 from a kid named Genevieve. I hope Genevieve’s mommy is not a crack whore. Not sure why she would be, but for some reason the card made me sad. Anyhoo, then I took off the hardware.
I test-polished a couple of the corner details and a handle with Bar Keepers Friend. It shined right back up. The brass isn’t pristine, but it looks nicely worn and I’m okay with that. Next, I sanded the cabinets and the drawers. Nothing too intense–just roughed ‘em up.
I set up shop in our basement. (Thank God we have a basement. Dad, you were right.) I covered a work table in a plastic drop cloth and set this piece of wood on it where I balanced the nightstand, flat on its back. (Like Genevieve’s mommy.) This way, no painted surface was touching any surface.
I consulted Young House Love’s guide to painting furniture and picked up a quart of oil based primer. One coat:
And then another.
Much better. The Young House Lovers said one coat would do, but I really wanted to make sure the cruddy dark brown paint was masked. I also followed the “multiple thin coats are better than fewer gloppy ones” rule.
Next, paint! I bought a quart of high gloss LATEX paint in Behr’s Barnyard Grass, which looks something (but not exactly) like this:
Evidently, latex paint over oil PRIMER is ok. It’s latex paint over oil PAINT that’s a no-go. But that is where the story ends. I did manage to sneak a few painting sessions into a busy weekend, but–FOUR AND A HALF COATS LATER–I’m not 100% finished yet. I added coat #4.5 (I did the cabinets, but not the drawers) last night before they were fully dried from the previous coat and I think I mucked up the finish a bit. So, we’ll see about doing a little damage control tonight, hopefully.
But, they are glossy and bright and remind me of Kermit the Frog.
I have yet to figure out if that is a good thing.
Also, stump update. Still sticky.