My dream for a book-related room is becoming a reality. I started adding little touches here and there to my daughter's room—like book-inspired art and bookshelves—to make it more like a children’s reading nook instead of a bedroom. But the one thing I really wanted was a card catalog to bring it all together. Finding a card catalog is very hard, and vintage ones sell for thousands of dollars, so I decided to make my own.
Just like my last dresser makeover, I used a plain unfinished dresser and removed the hardware. Using some additional wood, Clark+Kensington paint from Ace Hardware, and new label pulls, I transformed a basic dresser into a beautiful card catalog. My daughter can fit all of her clothing inside, and it adds a lovely pop of powder blue to her room. The color I choose was “Got the Giggles” from Clark+Kensington. It was a tough decision, but I painted a big test piece of pine with paint samples and placed it in her room so I could see it in her lighting and with the surrounding colors. Everyone agreed that the light color looked the best. So I primed the dresser and got to painting. I absolutely love Clark+Kensington paint because it goes on thick to cover wood imperfections and cracks. Clark+Kensington’s paints + primers are top-rated, and offer more coverage than standard paints thanks to their Microbead technology. I can’t believe how easy it was to put a couple layers of paint on this pine. It dries fast, and I was able to finish the painting part of the project in a few hours.
To make the drawers look like card catalog drawers, we broke them up into equal sections and used a ¼-inch-thick piece of plywood to give the drawers some depth. After gluing and nailing the boards to the front of the drawers, I sanded them down and primed them. Then, I put two layers of “Got the Giggles” onto the drawers. The finishing touches were the nickel-plated label pulls. Each fake drawer gets one to finish the look. We also cut the legs on the dresser shorter because this dresser is going into my youngest daughter's room and I wanted to make sure she could reach all of the drawers.
I’m excited about my next paint project. I’ve partnered up with Ace for the next few months to show you how paint can really transform a space or transform the furniture in your home. Follow me on my journey as I show you different paint projects that can help you create your dream home. Next, I’m planning on repainting my master bedroom. As I mentioned before, when we moved in years ago, we painted the whole house a beige color and I’m so over it. I’ve been discussing different ways to liven up our house and make it more modern and welcoming. Plus, our house has seen its fair share of art drawn on the walls from my little artist. It's time for a scrubbable paint that can hold up to my family. I've been trying to convince my husband to do a fun accent wall in our bedroom on the wall that our bed sits up against. You'll see what we come up with next month.