As some of you know, I am a Federal employee – I have worked for the Dept. of Commerce since 1993.  I have been on furlough since 12/22/2018 with no paycheck until the government re-opens.  Thankfully with hubby working in the private sector and no dependents, we are fine for now.  I spent the first 5 days of my furlough in Florida with my family for Christmas.  Since then I’ve been keeping busy with projects and deep cleaning.  I have found enough dust-bunnies to knit a few sweaters, which is SO GROSS because I always consider our house to be very clean!  Apparently it is until you look behind and under the furniture…

My first “furlough project” was to refinish the small 3-drawer cupboard in the living room.  It has always been unfinished wood and over time the top became very scarred:

jim's unfinished wood 3-drawer cupboard needed some tlc        jim's unfinished wood 3-drawer cupboard needed some tlc

I wanted something fun & vibrant and settled on Benjamin Moore Rosemary Green in high gloss:

benjamin moore rosemary green high gloss

I put 2 coats of primer on first:

i washed and primed jim's unfinished wood 3-drawer cupboard        i washed and primed jim's unfinished wood 3-drawer cupboard

Followed by 4 coats of Rosemary Green:

i put 4 coats of high gloss bm rosemary green on jim's cupboard        i put 4 coats of high gloss bm rosemary green on jim's cupboard

The drawers were done first – I put them back in the living room as a placeholder to see how the color looked – we loved it immediately:

the drawers of jim's 3-drawer cupboard after 4 coats of high gloss paint

Then I added 2 coats of Minwax Polycrylic to the top so things won’t stick to it:

i added 2 coats of minwax polycrylic to the top of jim's 3-drawer cupboard        i added 2 coats of minwax polycrylic to the top of jim's 3-drawer cupboard

I let the cupboard sit in the living room for 5 days with the doors slightly open to let everything seal, then added black metal doorknobs from Home Depot:

i let jim's 3-drawer cupboard cure for 5 days after painting        i added new black metal knobs to jim's refinished cupboard

It looks awesome!:

the newly refinished cupboard looks wonderful!        the newly refinished cupboard looks wonderful!

Stay tuned for furlough projects 2, 3, & 4!  I’m especially excited to share #4.

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  1. AnneV

    I know you lost your comments, so here I am again to say that taking a drab little brown chest of drawers and painting it high gloss, eye popping green was brilliant. It looks fantastic! SO cute!

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