Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Campaign taste.

Less busy-ness. More accomplishment. 

That's my motto for 2013. Not a resolution. I don't make those, because I always break them anyway. But I do have a motto. 

There was lots of busy-ness (not just business) in 2012. Exhibit A: 


That's the number of photos on my iPhone right NOW. And I cleaned it out in August, so this is only about 4 1/2 months' worth. Busy-ness. 

And that busy-ness is what led me to deleting a photo of a dresser that I took back in August. It was a 'before' picture of a campaign-style dresser that I picked up for a mere $40. 

Add campaign furniture to the list of things that make me swoon. Milk glass, cloches, chalk anything, quatrefoil, and campaign furniture. Swoony-swoon-swoon. 

I enlisted Google to hunt down a 'before' picture that would show you just what I was working with. This is almost identical to the dresser I bought:
Not my dresser, not my picture. {My picture was cuter, because I had my daughter stand next to the dresser when I took it. And she makes everything cuter. Trust me.

I took my time with this one, carefully removed all the tarnished brass hardware, taped off all necessary areas, primed and sanded and painted and sanded and painted and sanded and painted some more. I'm usually a bit of a perfectionist, but I really brought out the big guns for this project.

I went with a high gloss grey, and used spray paint because I wanted a perfectly smooth finish. 

I painted the hardware, too. Grabbed a liquid gold paint from Michael's and slapped it on. Perfectly. Carefully.

Of course, AFTER I got this dresser all done, I (unintentionally) found tutorials on removing the tarnish from brass hardware, and the best gold paints to mimic brass. No matter. I like it the way it is. It's perfect just my style.

Ahhhh. Accomplishment.


  1. Very nice Jade! Job well done. I love it!

  2. Amazing......what type and color is that grey????

    1. Thanks Anonymous, whoever you are :) The paint I used is Rustoleum Painter's Touch 2x Cover in Gloss Dark Grey. I used Rustoleum's grey spray primer as a base, and found them both at Home Depot.