Yesterday, once I finished sealing a bit of Ardex (and my hands in the process) I made a dresser delivery for a special little lady. Little Miss Lyla, my new niece, is a whopping 4 days old and has cheeks for days.
And she's the reason that I played with Ardex.
This is a very unofficial before and after since I clearly ran out of daylight by the time I delivered the dresser and didn't have my good camera on me. I'll give you a quality before and after with more detail and steps very soon but I was dieing to share.
If you remember the dresser that I started with:
Very solid with nice detail... except the top. The top was a product of its age, and although the rest was wood with dovetailed drawers, the top was laminate with plastic edging. Even if I got it to hold paint, I doubt the paint would hold up in a kid's room. Which is what lead me to consider Ardex Feather Finish, like I posted about previously. If concrete can't hold up to kids, then I don't know what would.
It was applied directly onto the existing top kind of like icing a cake, so the concrete is only a fraction of an inch thick. I sealed it with concrete sealer so it will stand strong and be stain resistant. The jury is still out about the final result. I probably went a little heavy with my first coat which made it more difficult to get an even edge. But I don't hate it! (isn't that always the goal with projects? Not to hate it)
I do love the finish that I was able to get on the body of the dresser. I used my handy dandy Critter Sprayer and the finish looks like it could have been done by a factory. If the top had been real wood, I would have refinished it and left that wood as a contrast, but alas, so with the Ardex, I just accomplished the contrast in another way.
The room color looks a little wonky in this light, but it's a delightful shade of light yellow that you may have gotten a glimpse of on instagram.
Now that the ball is rolling and Little Miss is leaving the drama at the hospital, hopefully the room will come together quickly!
So, tell me- do you agree with my Mom that I'm nuts to put a concrete topped dresser in a little girls nursery?