Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Make a kids' dresser fun with magnetic paint!

I repainted my son's dresser and now it looks like this:

But sometimes it looks like this:

Or it could look like this:
 Really, the possibilities are endless because I used magnetic paint on the drawers!
This is how the dresser started... it's nice, but we changed his room and it didn't work with the new look. I wanted something industrial and boy-ish. Soooo, I painted it. I preped it using the same techniques listed in How to Paint a Dresser.

However, instead of regular paint on the drawers I used magnetic paint. It's kind of thick and requires at least three coats to actually work, so if you want a smooth finish, I recommend applying the paint with a smooth roller. However, because I was going for an industrial look, I chose to use a brush and kind of go crazy by painting every-which-way. The thickness of the paint and my wild brush strokes created a textured base.  You can [kind of] see it in this photo. 
Once I had my base coat on the drawers, it was time to achieve "my vision" through paint, hard work and magic. Well, my first attempt was not magical [at all]. If you missed the post and want to see the ugliness that followed... then check out When a DIY Project Turns Ugly [literally].  I had to redo the whole thing [which put me in a really great mood]. To achieve a more refined, [but still industrial] look I decided to paint over the black magnetic paint with a dark brown color. It was definately less harsh than the black base. Then, I took Rub n' Buff and applied a thin coat [using my fingers because that's how it works best]. I saw that going side to side with long strokes worked best. I wanted it to have an irregular texture, so if it was a little heavy in one area then I went lighter next to it... you just have to eye-ball it and adjust as necessary. And for the exterior of the dresser I chose to go with a calmer, gentler color the second time: I used a high gloss navy blue paint. I think that paint worked because it helped "ground" the dresser and because navy blue is a cool, dark color it really complimented the silver drawers. And the glossy finish also helped ensure that the industrial look didn't turn "dirty" [like it did in my first attempt].
Next, it was time to create the dresser adornments. I purchased magnetic paper from Walmart, and spray painted it red[ish]. Well, the paper didn't like my spray paint [it's made for an ink jet printer], so it dried with this weird texture [which was PERFECT! Finally a happy accident!]. Once it dried completely I measured the drawer height and cut 1" and 1.5" stripes. *Note: If you make stripes, make sure to measure each drawer... don't assume they are all the same size. The top drawer might be shorter than all the others... so if you don't notice it, assume they're all the same and cut them according to the top drawer only... IF you do that, then you'll have to go back and make a whole entire new sheet using the correct measurements of the remaining three drawers. Not that it happened to me [it totally happended to me].
Then, I used the remaining sheet [it came in a pack of three] to print off numbers for his drawers to give him more decorating options. And...I didn't do this, but here's another idea [just don't tell my son, because he'll want me to do it too]: you could get some fun stickers [like the Angry Birds stickers that I saw at Meijer... he'd love them.] and stick them onto the magnetic paper and then just cut them out. Stickers that aren't sticky... how perfect is that?!
So anyway, we now have all kind of options, and he really [really] likes moving things around and getting creative.
Here is how he chose to decorate it [for now anyway]. He decided to label his drawers using the letter magnets that we already had... isn't that just too cute [and yet so practical too]!! How fun is that?!

28 comments:

  1. Love the idea of using magnetic paint! How fun to let your son change the design of the dresser.

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  2. You sneaky sneakster...you withheld that info in yesterday's post!!!

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  3. I really like the finish you get on your furniture. I'm wondering if you use oil based or latex when you used the high gloss paint?

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  4. This is just awesome!! This is such a good idea for the anyone that is ADHD about decorating - ahem - such as myself!! Grea job!

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  5. brilliant! love the labels--i think i need those for all of my kids!!

    amy

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  6. This is awesome!! I love that it's magnetic and the industrial look is so perfect for a boy's room! Spo glad I found you (from Momnivore's Dilemma). I love all your projects and can't wait to see more!! (I'm now following) :o)

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  7. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thanks Sandy! I couldn't reply to you so I'm just leaving another comment to answer your question. I used a latex-based high gloss finish.

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  10. Great job! This turned out awesome!

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  11. WOw! I love this idea! Great job :)

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  12. Oh that is great! What fun for a kiddo. I am not a huge fan of chalk as it tends to be messy but magnets would be fantastic!

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  13. This is a brilliant idea! But frankly...I love the silver locker room feel! Very cool!

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  14. Very cool! That turned out well, and it's always nice to get the kids involved with their choices etc.

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  15. I LOVE this!!!! Cute, clever and practical! =Perfection! Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration and for linking up!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  16. Awesome idea that is perfect for a boys room! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. What a great idea! Love the dresser it looks amazing!

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  18. super chic and industrial. Love it!

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  19. Great idea - I have 2 boys so will keep this in mind! I love how you tell us of the mess-ups! That's us too. What project ever goes smoothly? I'd love for you to share this at my blog party Tuesday's Nursery - its for all ages of kids decor. I'll keep the linky open for several days since its once per month - First Tuesday each month. I hope you can make it, Nan

    www.PlayfulDecor.blogspot.com

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  20. This looks fantastic!

    I'm hoping to use magnetic paint in my three year-old son's room sometime soon, on his sliding closet doors. Now I know who to ask if I have questions!

    Great job!

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  21. I am really diggin the idea of using magnetic paint on a dresser.

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  22. So great! It's so hard to find good ideas for boy's rooms. And I love that industrial look. I really love your creative vision & execution. Thanks so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  23. That is so fun that you let your son help out! I bet he really enjoyed it! And it is a super cute little dresser. Love how it turned out! I am so happy you shared this @ Show & Share, thank you!

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  24. This turned out so great - I love that you can change it up like that!

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