Anyway, the reason for the post. I can't remember where but sometime in the past week or so browsing the internet I came across a blog where someone had painted numbers on the drawers to a dresser. I tried to find the blog again this weekend but couldn't so I tried to do as best I could from what I remembered.
Brian had a small nightstand that I had painted black because a while back I thought black furniture might look nice. But hidden away in the corner, the nightstand just looked dreary. So I decided maybe a fresh coat of paint and some new handles might bring it back to life. Here's a before picture:
Here's another picture of the nightstand outside in better light:
So first I had to remove the old handles from the drawers. They were actually just wine cork size pieces of wood that had been nailed to the drawers so I had to work at driving them out with a nail set:
And then prying them off with a hammer and driving the nails back through the inside (why couldn't they have just been simple screw on handles?!).
Once I had all the handles off I filled in the nail holes with wood filler and then gave the whole nightstand a light sanding to rough up the surface a bit. Then I applied a coat of primer. This time I tried an oil-based primer which was quite odorous even working outside (the weather has been nice!) and stickier it seemed than the water-based primer. Therefore, I would recommend the water-based primer unless your task calls for the oil-based (the can states use for water, smoke, or tannin stains, sealing odors .... maybe it masks the odor with it's own!).
Next I applied two coats of Martha Stewart Paints' "Nimbus Cloud", a very light grey color. After I let that dry for a while I got down to drilling the holes for the handles. I bought cup-shaped pulls in a pewter finish that I thought would work nicely with the brushed nickel finish of the curtain rods and the lamp on the nightstand in our bedroom. So I first measured and marked where I wanted the pulls to go and then got to drilling:
My first two drilling attempts were not quite successful (the holes being too small) but once I chose the correct drill bit I was good to go. Here you can see the nightstand with it's new coat of paint and handles:
And now for where the numbered drawers, apothecary-style comes in. I found a font online that I liked then enlarged it to the size I wanted and printed it out onto thick photo paper. I then used an exacto knife to cut out the letters and numbers (I left off the curlique of the "N" just out of personal preference):
I then traced the letters onto the drawers and filled them in with black paint:
And here is a picture of the finished product:
Isn't it cute! Here is a picture of it back in the bedroom performing it's duty as a nightstand:
And a bit of a closer view:
I'm loving it! I wish it wasn't hidden-off in the corner of the room but was on full display. Now I want to paint numbers on everything!