Davida has finally arrived home from camp!
Her birthday was last Sunday. Originally, the project was supposed to be a surprise for her birthday. Instead, Davida surprised me by arriving home for her day off as I was in the throes of this messy project (A Bench Fit for Kate Spade (and Davida)). Davida arrived home to find her childhood pink and white furniture on the curb, her juvenile gymnast border half steamed off the walls and everything in the middle of her bedroom. True to Davida, she took it all in stride.
After all, as the youngest child, Davida has learned the value of patience and resourcefulness. She was the child who wrote her own yearbook ad when her delinquent parents kept forgetting to submit one for her. She is the one who cooks, organizes and plans while I take all the credit (right, Davida?)
I have spent the past few weeks redecorating her room . This project was truly a labor of love with much shlepping, (Yiddish for lugging things around) sanding, stapling and painting.
The centerpiece of the project is her new Kate Spade inspired armoire. In its former life, it was a gorgeous antique walnut armoire owned by a lovely family in nearby Fair Lawn. I found it on CraigsList and fell in love with the vintage dovetailed drawers and lovely carving. It had such good bones and was perfect for her new room.
I sprayed the interior a hot pink color. I then closed the doors and sprayed all the exterior surfaces in a metallic gold paint. The finished product seemed a bit too gilded for the look that I was trying to achieve. I left some gold accents around the edges of the doors, but sprayed the exterior black, instead. That was a more perfect fit for the Kate Spade inspiration.
Best, of all, Davida came home and admired it. She promptly showered and took a nap in her new Kate Spade inspired bedroom. I’m so glad that even with all the changes, it still feels like home to her.
SUPPLIES and TOOLS
one solid-wood armoire
knobs and drawer pulls (optional)
Using a damp rag, clean the armoire. Make sure to clean all the nooks and crannies and insides and backs of the doors and drawers. Turn the unit over and clean the bottom and all sides.
Using a screwdriver, remove all hardware. Using a hand sander, sand the nightstand and the wood until all the surfaces are smooth, paying special attention to the corners and edges of the armoire.
Remove the drawer(s) and sand separately. Using a damp rag, wipe the entire unit clean and allow to dry.
Using painters tape, tape all metal surfaces, hinges and hardware that could not be removed. Wrap edges of hardware very carefully so that paint does not bleed onto hardware.
Wrap exterior corners and edges so that interior paint does not affect the exterior. Spray all interior surfaces with hot pink spray paint and allow to dry completely . Remove the drawers from the armoire before spraying the interior of the drawers.
Wrap interior exterior corners and edges so that exterior paint does not affect the interior. Spray all exterior surfaces of the nightstand with metallic spray paint. Spray the exterior of the drawers separately and allow to dry completely before placing drawers back into the armoire.