Materials: Hemnes 6 Drawer Dresser, raw wood trim, paintable wallpaper
Description: Hemnes are pretty solid pieces of furniture. I’ve had mine for SIX years and it’s still sturdy and perfectly functional. Sometimes their traditional yet modern look is perfect for a room. But I wanted something with a little more character and detail for our spare room. So I hacked!
I used a coat of Zinsser Cover Stain. Then two coats of paint (Valspar in Rugged Suede). On the drawers is Allen and Roth paintable wallpaper from Lowes. I attached it with light spray adhesive, and the wallpaper needed two coats of paint because it was absoooorbent.
Then we attached the molding (that I primed and spray painted white) that we bought from a local woodworking shop with Gorilla super glue (make sure you don’t get the one that dries white). Then I added two coats of this Minwax Polycrylic to the whole piece. Since it’s water based it’s easy to use and clean up. And I used satin finish because I didn’t want this piece too shiny. The Anthro-esque nobs I got off eBay for a lot less cheese than they’re sold for at Anthro.
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