This is a short post, as I think a tutorial for this kind of project isn't really necessary since it was a simple tape-and-paint job. Actually, the stripes are alternating wood stain, and paint, but it's not terribly difficult. And then I just pulled the dressers out and painted the frame, and then reinsert the drawers. This was a fast project that was easily done over a weekend (and it only took that long because wood stain takes longer to dry than paint).
Tip: For perfectly straight lines, use Frog Tape (a brand of painter's tape, can't miss it, it's green). It's a little more expensive, but it's the only painter's tape that has ever given me crisp, clean lines. It's worth the extra $2 in the amount of frustration and repainting/touching up that you won't have to do.
- I used to not have enough money to simply buy quality wood furniture, and thrift stores/garage sales were a good way to get solid wood pieces. Granted, they were often ugly and broken, so I fixed them. I didn't want to compromise on quality, but needed to work within my tight, early 20s, impecunious post-college budget.
- I like being able to personalize my pieces specifically to my tastes. I don't want someone else's design; I want MINE. I could finally have EXACTLY the color/style/design of my choice. I get particular.
- I enjoy working with my hands. I like having a skill that is a little more "old school". I'm a software engineer but I've mostly worked in artificial intelligence. I work with ideas and the theoretical. My world is made of numbers and data and plot points and algorithms. I hate explaining what I do to anyone who isn't also an engineer or who doesn't have a background in AI or machine learning (they think I'm just creating Skynet and going to end us all). But I can talk about woodworking and furniture refinishing as a hobby and no one thinks I'm going to cause the robot uprising. It's great. It is also really relaxing to me. I wish I had more time to do projects.
I know there are TONS of people who refinish furniture, and I've also done it and sold off pieces (I've done commissioned pieces, and I'm also an oil painter. I rarely sell off my pieces though), but I really just do this for myself primarily. I never had the goal of monetizing (mostly because the field of work I do is lucrative and demanding), but I like to look at people's posts on Pinterest for the items they're selling to get ideas if I find that my original idea is just full of fail.
Hope you're having a great weekend! I'll be back tomorrow, as always. *mwah*