St. Joseph, Illinois

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

What’s bright red and has 6 dinosaurs? If you aren’t all shouting “a dresser” then I have no idea what planet you are from. …If you had asked me this question a month ago, I wouldn’t have guessed a dresser either -so I won’t hold it against ya. However, as you can see from the picture below a dresser it is!

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

With the wrap up of our modern farmhouse master bathroom it’s time to start focusing on getting some of the other room’s acts together in our house. For those of you who are new to the party here -we moved into an old farmhouse back in the fall and we’ve got a nice long list of projects to do -keeps us busy :-). Anyhow, the playroom is one of them and it’s kind of all over the place. Unlike our bathroom, my vision for the playroom has kinda went out the window. I’ll be honest, I was thinking modern farmhouse playroom too…that style just gets me. However, this idea has derailed…obviously.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

It all started when Ben asked me if I wanted an old dresser that his brother was getting rid of. Yes. Of course I do…because give me all the DIY projects whether I know what I’m doing or not. I sanded down the black paint and then it was time to decide on a color…

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

“A fresh coat of chalky black paint,” I thought. “Why not something fun like red,” said Ben. “Okay,” I said. Conversations and decisions in this house are NEVER that easy. I must have been too tired to argue that day …or I came to the conclusion that the boys would get more enjoyment out of a room filled with color opposed to what I would want for a playroom. Red it was.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

Or maybe pink? That’s what the first coat of paint looked like.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

However, with each new coat of paint, the pink started to slowly turn into the bright red that we were looking for. I chose Bright Red, Valspar Ultra, Interior Eggshell, Base C.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

I can’t remember if I ended up doing 4 coats of paint or 5? This is more than I’ve ever had to do on a piece of furniture, but then again, this is the first thing I’ve ever painted red.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

Ben, being the anxious guy that he is, went ahead and brought the dresser in after I confirmed I had done the last coat of PAINT. I say paint in caps because even though I was done with the paint, I still wanted to seal it with something else. I like shortcuts if I can find good ones…but Ben really likes shortcuts. “Back out to the shed,” I told him, but not before we tried out the new pulls. After staring at all of the options in Hobby Lobby for three quarters of my lunch break one day, I finally decided on the below dinosaurs. Again, I was thinking about what Chase and Jack would like the most. Anybody else’s kids love the book, Dinosaurumpus? Anybody else love reading it aloud? I do :-).

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

We ended up not being fans of the white ones so back to the store they went in exchange for the silver-ish ones.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

Meanwhile, out in the shed, I added a coat of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurenthane (Clear Satin). We got this to put over our DIY shiplap in our bathroom after it was freshly painted a nice crisp white. In the wee hours of the night I applied the first coat in our bathroom to wake up to bathroom walls that looked like a dog peed all over them. AH! Big mistake. We had spaced out in the store and got the wrong base. Long story short -the walls in the bathroom our fixed now, but lesson learned -don’t use this on white! On this red, however, it worked like a charm. The above photo is pre-poly and the below photo is after the first coat.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

So shiny, isn’t it?! Like a red fire truck. Fire truck pulls would be real cute on something like this too… Anyhow! I put one coat of this on and was hoping to be done…but it was sticky to the touch still after a couple of days. Just like it was before the poly. I read the directions again (I suppose my shortcuts aren’t always good after all), and they said to apply it properly, I needed to lightly sand the first coat and then apply a second coat. Sigh.

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

I was nervous to sand after applying so many coats of things, but I did it anyway. You can see where the poly came off a bit here and I thought some of the paint too…

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

However, after I applied a second coat of the poly, the dresser was just how we wanted it. The paint looked just as even as it had before sanding the coat of poly and after sitting for 24 hours it wasn’t sticky to the touch. Time to move into the house!

DIY Dinosaur Playroom Dresser

We saw this ice cream sign at an antique store before I started on the dresser and I think this is when I really became okay with red. Our family LOVES ice cream and how cute to hang this in the playroom? Ice cream…dinosaurs…and the couple of modern farmhouse signs that I’ve purchased…I have no idea where this theme is going, but I’ll sure keep you posted.

Signing off for tonight with my craving for a Custard Cup sundae…lemon ice cream, cold fudge, and “dust” -first one to buy me one can store something in one of these dresser drawers ;-).

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