If you’ve been following around here for a while, you know this dresser. It’s been with me for many moons, and every time I bring it to a new home, I give it a new life. When I bought it in Brooklyn at a thrift shop about six years ago, it was a dark wood–and not a very pretty wood. Then I painted it white. When I moved to L.A. I painted it turquoise–and the picture above? That’s how it looked yesterday, before I painted it for the third time. Our brand new jungalow certainly called for a brand new, bold color for my favorite dresser–but which color??
After contemplating for a bit (a by a bit I mean incessantly for about two months) I decided to take a page from my own book and go dark. Inspired by this dressers from the home of Erica Tanov, I wanted to go dark and…wait for it–glossy. I have never painted anything glossy before. I usually consider myself to be a matte girl–but I wanted to go for it, like trying out new haircut or something. But black was a little too moody for my cheery vibe so I went ahead and picked…
Rich Navy by Glidden. I got the Extra High Gloss paint for trims and doors.
When I first opened the can of paint, I was shocked at how thick the paint was. There was a bit of oil on top and so I stirred the paint and mixed it in. The paint felt a bit lumpy, so I kept on mixing for a bit and then just went for it. The paint went on very smoothly. There we no drips and even after a single coat, the paint covered the area really nicely. I was surprised at how little paint I had to use to cover the entire dresser–it took about half the amount of paint (and time) as the last two times I had painted it. And the end results? Well–check it out for yourself:
I LOVE the high gloss. It was just the change I needed. It kinda turned up the chic on the dresser, don’t you think? I’m into the color but admittedly it looks a bit lighter than I thought it would. I think that’s because it’s so shiny that it’s reflecting the light and the white is bouncing off of it to make it read as a lighter hue. I am more used to picking matte colors that absorb the light.
And this will be the anchor piece that I built this room around, so stay tuned for more updates! And to make matters even more shiny and fun, today I’ve partnered with Glidden to offer one lucky reader a $100 gift card to Home Depot, so that you can go all glossy (or matte!) on one of your old dressers! Here’s how to enter:
1. Go to Glidden and peruse the colors.
2. Come back here and tell me what color you’d choose for an upcoming project in your home in the comments below.
3. For additional entries by writing a review on Glidden.com here.
*This post was created in partnership with Glidden. Sorry, open to U.S. readers only. $100 USD total value. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close on August 5th at 9AM PST and announced at the bottom of this post.
*Photography by Danae Horst
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. The winner of the giveaway is #68, Rachel Shapiro. We will be sending you an email shortly!