I was heading home from work one day early last spring with the top down on my car (ahhh, I can only dream of this now), and what did I spy out of the corner of my eye?? A garage sale with some beat up looking furniture poking out of the garage. I screeched to a halt and whipped a u-turn to check them out.
At first I really just wanted the dresser, even though these were being sold as a ‘set’ (you all know by now how I feel about matching sets). The sellers were a lovely brother/sister duo, and oddly enough, the dresser was his and the desk was hers, but they were selling them together … go figure. Just as I was about to conclude a tough negotiation for just the dresser, I realized I was being an idiot and just bought them both! I may have bought them together, but I didn’t have to keep them together!
You can tell by my brown grass that this is truly early spring … forgive me for that. And you can see that both of these were in pretty tough shape.
I worked on the dresser first, since he was so charming. He had some issues with his veneer, so I patched him up with some putty. Ken worked on the upper doors so they would function smoothly. Then I painted him white using my own faux chalk paint recipe of 2 parts paint, 1 part hot water and 1 part Plaster of Paris. Then I added the French words in black and finished with a coat of paste wax. The drawer pulls were spray painted in Oil Rubbed Bronze, and the two little door knobs were replaced with some very cute ones that I had on hand.
I painted the body of the desk grey and the drawer fronts white, also using my faux chalk paint recipe. Then I stenciled the drawers in grey with the words of a french poem. The drawer pulls were painted in Oil Rubbed Bronze on this one too. Isn’t she pretty?
So there you have it, a classic brother/sister do-over.