Play Date: Pantone MyColor Paint Party….

Some folks would qualify me as a “DIY blogger” but the dirty truth is that I am far from handy. I am clumsy, forgetful and at times slightly dangerous with an industrial stapler (I once stapled my sleeve to a cabinet….) so when the peeps at Pantone asked if I wanted to participate in their MyColor Paint Party, I got scared, then excited and finally scared again. What was I going to tackle for my paint project? Fortunately, my garage is a banquet (graveyard) of future projects and a quick survey found me staring at this beauty…..

Dresser Before

Sexy right? Our neighbors had kindly placed this on the curb for some helpless DIY-obsessed person to pick up and cart home. Needless to say they didn’t quite expect said person to be me, but nonetheless this small beside table was the perfect candidate for my Pantone make over. I ended up using Trekking Green (a deep green hue), Skylight (a bright airy blue that leans towards white in bright light) and Medieval Blue (a dark blue not as deep as navy). Armed with my trio of colors, I set off for my process of transformation and discovery.

But first, I had to do this……

Paint Stripper 2

Yeah – this puppy had more layers on it than an Olsen Twin during a NYC winter. I counted no less than SIX layers of paint! At one point I swore that this thing was made entirely of paint, but eventually I got down to the wood……


A scrub down with some steel wool to remove any residue as well as a few quick patches and I was finally ready to paint. Truth be told, the total elapsed time for this portion of the project was about 1 full day since I used a “non-toxic” paint stripper rather than the stuff that the mafia uses to dissolve bodies. If you opted to go with the more harsh strippers, you could have stripped this in about a third of the time I think.

Now it’s time for painting! I chose to paint the insides of the drawers with the Skylight…..

Inside Skylight

I am a “more is more” type person, so I went with three coats for the inside. I am pretty sure if I had opted to prime the piece, I could have went with only two, but I am lazy and really wanted to test the paint’s claim to block stains (it does FYI…).

As the inside of the drawers were drying, I started on the outside of the piece with the Trekking Green. Three coats later, the piece was finished and left to dry/cure for a day. Once it had fully cured, I swapped out the glass knobs for some brass rings……

IMG_8300Doesn’t the brass and the green look pretty damn awesome?

And now here is the dresser in all its new glory……

Dresser Done

It’s nestled in the corner of the house and now serves as my “command center” for housing all my fabric swatches and cuttings. It’s so nice having a place for what was being housed in plastic bins and one very over burdened basket……



But wait — there is more! There is a little surprise at the bottom of each of the drawers…..

Stencil Stamp

I took a touch of the Medieval Blue and mixed it with the Trekking Green to do a stencil at the bottom of each drawer. It is a little touch but it makes me smile when it peeks out from beneath the fabric cuttings.

So now my panic and fear have been replaced with pride and useable storage — a fair trade-off I think! And now here is your chance to join in on the fun with MyColor Inspired by Pantone. You could win a sample of MyColor Inspired by Pantone by commenting here about how you’d use MyColor paint in your next DIY project. For a second chance to win, tweet your project ideas to@MYCOLORPAINTS using hashtag #PassItOn. And, if you “like” the MYCOLOR INSPIRED BY PANTONE FACEBOOK page, you can share your project ideas there for one more chance to win. MyColor is also on Instagram @mycolorpaints. What are you waiting for? Keep cracking and make those comments “colorful”! (couldn’t resist a pun…sorry. it’s a sickness…).

Be sure to visit out the other awesome bloggers participating in the Paint Party:

Thursday: Joi from NUESTRA VIDA DULCE

Friday: Claire from HIGH GLOSS BLUE

And don’t forget to check out the projects from Nicole of Sketch42 and Angela of The Painted House from earlier in the week.

[photography & styling: courtney lake]

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Before & After: Painted Credenza

Friend and blog reader, Gina, sent me a picture of this credenza that she was contemplating purchasing from Goodwill:

The great lines, hardware and potential for oodles of storage immediately popped out to me.  I encouraged her to buy it and see if she could stain it a deep and rich color.  Unfortunately, the piece was covered in damaged veneer and couldn’t be stained.  However, with a little elbow muscle from Gina, a can of Dior Grey paint and some Brasso, she was able to transform it into this….

I love the final results!  I love it so much that I wrote the credenza this little note…..

Dear Credenza:

We haven’t known each other long but there is a powerful connection between us that you can’t deny.  I need you in my life.  So should you ever tire of your current home and want to talk some time, call me.  I can open up a bottle of wine for me and a bottle of tung oil for you and talk about how we could rule the world together baby.  I’ll be waiting…..

Yours truly,


Sometimes, my friends, you just have to put your feelings down on paper and profess your love!  Okay, while I go seek counseling for my fondness of inanimate objects, you all go and enjoy your Monday!

Pantry Reveal

The Partner finally came back from his vacation in Puerto Rico and while I am quite happy he is home safe and sound, I am secretly relieved that he brought back the “good camera” in one piece.  Now armed with a camera that would not give you all the illusion that I have painted my kitchen lilac……


My pantry.......for some reason, the walls are coming out lilac (which they are not)


I still don’t understand why my old point-n-shoot makes my kitchen look like a room in Prince’s house.  In any case, here is the freshly painted pantry….

The color I finally selected was Plumage from the Martha Stewart paint collection at Home Depot.  I tried several different paint colors but none of them quite hit the balance of intense color without being “bright”.  I was quite pleased with the color but have to admit that the paint was a tad thin in my opinion.  Has anyone else had this issue?

After painting the back of the shelves and letting them dry overnight, I had fun rearranging all my glassware back on the shelves along with some other treasures I  had kept hidden in my cabinets.

The white and blue opaline glassware is my favorite.  I am addicted to eBay because of these pieces, but they are so expensive when they come up.  Fortunately, the pieces I have acquired were amazing deals.  If anyone knows of an online dealer who has four more of the sherry glasses, let me know!

Okay, one more shot before we leave…..

I have said it before and I will say it again, I am amazed by what a little paint can do……