Wednesday, April 03, 2013

That Time I Couldn't Breathe- a DIY

I had thought that the damn Punxsutawney Beaver Groundhog said we were getting an early spring. Where the freak is it at? People are still getting dang blizzards. I vote we shoot that beaver!

A few weeks ago I told y'all that my Daddy and I painted a dresser. Well, there is a story behind the scenes that I am embarrased to share, but I am sharing, cause I keep it real around these parts!

I got in my head that I wanted to paint this dresser and I knew I already had the paint to do it. I just needed some sandpaper and some primer. I read online that you get best results if you use a primer. So I dropped by the hardware store on Friday and got what I needed to paint this booger.

Saturday rolled around and it was freaking cold out. I told myself that the cold was not going to keep me from painting and I started taking the drawers out to paint them first. I sanded them like hell and primed them just like I had read online. It didn't take no time at all to get all the drawers complete.

I went inside to drag the dresser outside. By myself. I used to move furniture around all the time like it was nothing. That was pre-baby and pre-fatasslaziness. Well Zane wanted me to take a break and run around and play with him a while. So I did. We ran, we swang, we played ball, and ran some more. No biggie right? For you maybe.

About an hour of play later, I pulled the dresser onto my front porch and planned to get it up on my back in a way I could carry it the 15 feet over to my picnic table that I do all my outside projects on. This dresser was a little heavy, even with the drawers taken out. Well I was breathing a little harder than normal. I managed to get the dresser about half way and had to put it down. I thought to myself, "What is wrong with me?"

I couldn't catch my breath. I thought "Could this be an asthma attack?" I got some water and sat down to see if I could get calmed down. Twenty minutes went by, I was still gasping for air. I took a hot shower to see if that helped. Nope, still not even helped in the slightest. I was getting scared and anxious all at the same time. So I decided to see a doctor to see what was wrong. It being a Saturday, I had to go to the ER. Ugh! Well 4 hours later, two breathing treatments, and chest xrays it was determined that the brochitis that I had several weeks before that was not completly gone. So between being out in the cold, dust from sanding, and spray painting it kicked my ass! I felt like crap! I was lucky that Zane was staying the night with a friend and that my parents came to my rescue that afternoon as I was in the ER.

The next day I felt better. Much better. The meds and breathing treatments helped but I was afraid to do any spray painting. My sweet Daddy came over that Sunday. I sanded with a mask and he painted the dresser for me. It turned out great! I'm so in love with it! I have it in my guest bedroom and I have been working on getting it put together as a room and not a junk room. It's a slow progression right now. I'll keep you posted for sure!

The color I used is Valspar Gloss Exotic Sea.


  1. Oh my gosh Anna, that is so scary! So glad you are OK! ... and that the dresser turned out amazing!

  2. It looks great!

    I'm glad you were mostly okay. At least it wasn't asthma.

  3. Goodness gracious!! Glad you're ok!! Absolutely love the color of the dresser!!

  4. Wow, that is beautiful!! I love the color!! Glad you are okay!

  5. Girl, you know we aren't as young as we used to be. Looks like someone is in denial about that though. ;-) Bronchitis can actually take a while to get over and leaves your lungs pretty weak or so I've heard. Yes, we need Spring to stay! Love the color of the dresser!

  6. So, I know it's not supposed to be funny, but I was kinda laughing at how you were telling the story! I burst out laughing when I read the title! Lol. But glad you're ok :) The dresser turned out great! I have a nightstand that I'd like to do something with, so this helps give me an idea :)

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  8. Looks awesome! I love the color.

  9. I love this! Could you send you dad my way? I have a dresser that could use some fixing up.

  10. So cute! I love the color. I'm sorry that you were sick though. Bummer!


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