I rarely get lucky enough to get the complete set of original hardware.
About a month ago I bought a gorgeous early 1900’s dresser from a lovely lady named Dot. She and her husband were advertising a yard sale on Craig’s List about a mile from my house and in the add was a picture of the dresser. The problem was I didn’t see the add until about 2:30 that afternoon, well after yard sale hours in my neck of the woods. So I took a chance. I sent an email to enquire if that dresser I already had my heart set on was still available.
And it was.
Big Daddy and I had a very nice visit with Dot and her sweet little King Charles Spaniel JimJim. When we were loading the dresser in to my Jeep. I noticed one of the drawers wouldn’t close but I was absolutely BLINDED by the beauty of the piece. When we got it home and unloaded it I realized the degree of the problem, and it was well beyond my skill set.
Warp. Warp and bowing D-lux. Now, I’m a ‘when life gives you lemons, pitch a fit and cry your eyes out’ kinda girl.
I was crushed . . . for about three weeks. That’s just about how long it took me to come up with a solution to the problem. I was actually laying on the beach in Mexico, sort of in and out of an afternoon nap when it hit me.
Why not? It could work.
So I took the warped drawer out and set it aside and began to paint the rest of the dresser.
Selznick Grey. I truly had no other color in mind for this piece. I love Amy Howard Selznick Grey because it’s a warm gray. Grays are kinda hard for me. They are either too blue, too cool or too dark. To me, this one is perfect.
Lord, the legs!
Next I took a hammer and banged the front off that warped drawer
and layed in wait on my neighbor Mark, across the street. He has a chop saw and helps me frequently with my hair brained ideas. Let me just say it was agony until he came home. I wanted him to cut all the dovetails off the edge and make it smooth. My idea was to floor the space for TV components.
So I painted the ‘shelf’ out to sort of make it disappear. A coat of clear wax and some borrowed branches later, this is how it turned out.
If I’m being honest, I love this dresser! I could not be happier with the way it came together, especially the top.
I love the softness of the colors in this wooden top! I just sanded it down with my little orbital sander and finished it with a mix of clear and dark waxes.
These are amazing!
I will be sad to see this one go, but go it did. We loaded it up and drove it down to my booth at Sweeten Creek Antiques this afternoon.
And is priced to sell.
I hadn’t even finished styling it when someone came over to check it out!
Have a great week,