making an old dresser new

John and I have been looking for a dresser for our bedroom for a long time.  Everything we find is way too expensive, like $400 too expensive (even at Costco).  We didn't need a dresser that badly.  Well, by we, I mean I, because I am the one who can't put all of her clothes away when John's clothes are put away.  I guess we could have worked out some sort of laundry/putting away clothes schedule, but that just seems too complicated.  I used to live out of a bag...I can handle living out of a laundry basket.Let me clarify the living out of a bag thing.  When I was a kid, my parents got divorced and I was on a two week rotating schedule (two weeks with mom, two weeks with dad...repeat).  Thus, I lived out of a bag, because who wants to put their clothes every two weeks.  Clean clothes in the bag, wear clothes, wash clothes and put them back in the bag.  Simple. Anyway, back to the dresser.  Some friends from work are moving out of state in a few weeks and were looking to sell all of their stuff.  Lucky for me, one of them had a dresser meeting my dimensional requirements.  It did come with a warning that it was "painted crazy colors."  For $30, I can deal with that.

The only problem with this project is that I really hate painting.  Actually, I hate cleaning up after painting, which makes me dislike painting (I really dislike cleaning in general).  So, in order to avoid the messy painting cleanup step, I thought I would just spray pain the whole thing white.  Well, like any good home improvement project, it took twice as much spray paint as I anticipated which resulted in an extra trip the the store.  It's still not perfect, but it's white, which is what I was going for.  As I pointed out to John, we will probably just give it away when we move (have I mentioned that I'm moving to Utah in 2 1/2 years?), so the overall quality of the paint job is relatively unimportant. Now most of my clothes are happily put away (and John's too)!  Now if I could just make space to hang all of my sweatshirt collection in the closet...