Here’s what I love about do-it-yourself projects:
• having funFor my latest DIY, I decided to search for a small dresser to use as a bedside table because I needed extra storage. Since I knew I’d be painting the dresser once I found it, I really only had two criteria:
• being creative
• saving money
• a one-of-a-kind finished product
• it had to be no wider than 34”The search is half the fun, and after a couple of months of on-and-off scouring online sites and local second-hand shops, I finally found this one.
• and it had to be cheap!
The dresser had good bones and the insides of the drawers were pristine—important features!—but the rusty brown color was drab and the faux brass drawer pulls were uninspired.
Even before I found the right piece, I knew I wanted to paint it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, and I’d decided that Versailles, a lovely shade of soft green with undertones of grey, would coordinate perfectly with the soft turquoise walls in this space.
|To find out more about Chalk Paint, visit Annie Sloan's website!|
The drawer pulls definitely had to be replaced. I love all things shiny—I’m a bit like a crow that way!—and I knew I’d found what I was looking for when I spotted these rhinestone-studded beauties at Home Depot.
These were wider than the previous pulls so I had to fill one set of holes with wood filler and drill a second set to accommodate the new pulls. Totally worth it, if you ask me! What do you think?
The final tally:
• Dresser: $40I sold the six original drawer pulls for $15 to the shop owner where I bought the paint, so my grand total for the dresser is about $100. The total cost of the paint and wax was more than $15 but I only used a small amount to refinish this dresser and have lots left for several future projects. I’m just not sure yet what those projects will be!
• 6 new drawer pulls: $60
• Paint and wax: $15 (approx)
Although I often daydream about the DIYs I’d like to do, the reality is that I only have time for occasional projects. What about you? Are you a DIYer? A scourer of thrift shops and second-hand stores? I hope you'll post a comment and share your story, or feel free to comment on my latest DIY, or just say “hi!”
I have a giveaway this month as well—a copy of The Daddy Project (one of my backlist books that has a heroine who's an interior decorator and loves DIY and bakes amazing cupcakes) and to go with the book, an adorable shopping bag from the world-famous Magnolia Bakery in New York City. Because even though not everyone is DIY fan, who doesn’t love cupcakes?
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I'm also inviting readers to enter my Name This Furry Friend Contest. The heroine in my next Heartwarming has a pet hamster, and this sweet little girl needs a name.
Each of the stories in my new three-book series about the Finnegan family of Riverton, WI, is populated with furry friends. In To Catch a Wife (Harlequin Heartwarming, May 2016), newspaper reporter Emily Finnegan’s pet hamster needs a name. While Emily’s working, this sweet little girl likes to snuggle in this red box on her desk and keep her company.The Name This Furry Friend Contest is now open! Lee will be accepting entries until midnight (PDT) on Sunday, September 13, 2015. The entries will be judged by me and my family, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and receive an acknowledgement in To Catch a Wife. One entry per person.
Until next time,
Lee McKenzie...writing fifty shades of pink
To Catch a Wife (Harlequin Heartwarming, May 2016