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The Dresser

One thing I longed for in my kitchen was a dresser. I adore them. Whilst browsing Done Deal on Sunday morning a few years back, a lovely dresser appeared on the screen. It was lovely. Very simple, very reasonably priced and exactly what I was looking for. My husband wasn’t working this particular day, having enquired about it, he was soon on his way to Carlow to buy it. I was delighted. The only thing it needed from the start was a top shelf and a clean. We took care of those things and it sat happily in the kitchen from then.

We undertook a huge DIY project this year, creating an entirely new room in the house. I decided the dresser would go into the Pantry, the new room we built. The dresser was finally going to get a makeover.

dresser 2
Dresser 1
dresser plate

As is the norm for us now, I bought my paint from The Paint Hub in Carlow who were (and still are) thankfully fulfilling online orders. I’m sure painting saved many persons sanity throughout this time!


Once I cleared the dresser, I washed it down with Kalustepesu furniture cleaner which I also bought from the Paint Hub. This cleaner is excellent. It removes dirt, grease, oil, wax and other such substances from the surface. It can also be used before painting or varnishing to not only clean but to dull the gloss level of the surface to improve adhesion of the paint.


The new shelf we’d added had no treatment so I primed it using Tikkurila Otex Akva, which is a super adhesion primer. This is a product I have used it many times now, including in my hall and bedroom. (It works a treat on Ikea furniture too!) Then I used copious amounts of frog tape and set about taping different parts of the dresser as this was to be a riot of colour! I gave each colour three coats. Two was fine, but three just gives it that little extra, and it is a flawless finish in my opinion. I used Everal Aqua paint, which I have used numerous times now around the house. This is a super versatile paint, if you are following me on Instagram you will have seen I used Everal Aqua on outdoor furniture too. A low odour interior/exterior paint, does it get any better??

dresser top
dresser sideboard
dresser lovely
dresser knob

I am delighted with the dresser now. It sits happily in the pantry and makes me smile every time I walk into that room. The colours I used were Aloe (green), Joy (Lemon) Billy Boy (blue, from the Joanne Condon collection) and Hansel Pink (from the Hansel House Design Collection). I had the knobs already from another great Irish company, The Ceramic Knob Company, they are a perfect fit.

Disclaimer: I was not asked to mention any companies in this post. I bought and paid for everything used in this project myself. I have no affiliation with the Paint Hub in Carlow, as regular readers know, I will always share information that is worth knowing!



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