My friend Dawn suggested a product called deglosser, or something like that. She does a lot of do it yourself type things. Including remodeling her entire kitchen, and it is beautiful! I had Willie pick up some deglosser from Lowe's. I read the instructions. I put it back down and told Willie to return it. It scared me. When it said to wear protective gloves, apron, eye wear and mask, I chickened out.
I chose to sand it. That took a while. A really long while..... Ok, yeah, I'm lying. It didn't take that long. I had the dresser for a long time, I have to make up some excuse. SO, it took a really long time!
After sanding, forever and ever and ever! I covered the edge of the drawers with painters tape and primed them. This took another six or seven..... months, yeah that's it.... months.
Then I got to PAINT!!!! The first one I finished was the one with the elephants. It went surprisingly quickly. Errrrr.... I mean ..... Man it was a painstaking process that I never thought I'd finish!
I went with a momma, daddy, baby theme. I wanted it to be something he would still like when he got older. I stayed away from getting too precious.
The hardest part, for me, was convincing myself I could really do it. I still don't have a lot of confidence in my painting ability. I'm not sure why. Sometimes I think it is because it goes so quickly. It seems like it should take longer or be harder. (Oops, I guess I just hung myself. ) I'd get done with one drawer, be happy with it, then determine that it was a freak of nature that it came out ok. That I'd never get another one to look good.
After the paint all dried, which of course, took days and days and days....... I wanted to spray them with a poly finish. I wanted something to protect them. I'm not going to lie, I was terrified to spray them. I was afraid that the poly would make the paint run and smear and ruin them all! Willie set the drawers up on his wagon, and with much trepidation and a short prayer, I sprayed. It really made them pop. The reds and blues brightened up and made the clouds behind the penguins come alive. The water on the drawer with the wolves shimmered. I was very happy.