The year is 1927. Our president is Calvin Coolidge. Charles Lindbergh is about to fly solo across the Atlantic. Work begins on Mount Rushmore. Women are getting their hair bobbed and beginning to wear … gasp! … trousers!
And while all of that was happening, inspector no. 218 was signing off on this dresser.
How do I know this? Well, there is a sticker on the bottom of one of the drawers of course!
Isn’t that kind of cool? And isn’t this dresser a beauty? Imagine it coming fresh off the factory floor all shiny and new. I bet it was part of a set. Back then you bought an entire suite of bedroom furniture, not just one dresser. I’m sure there was a mirrored bureau or vanity to go along with this, don’t you think? And a fabulous headboard.
But, I just got this piece and it is no longer fresh off the factory floor! There are a few spots where the veneer is lifting, a couple gouges here and there …
and I really have no idea what is going on with the top! Was there originally another level glued on top of this one? Was it just badly damaged by something sitting on top of it?
It’s a mystery to me. I’m not sure what would cause this sort of damage. The veneer is totally warped and loose, so I’m guessing water was involved in some manner.
Basically all of these flaws add up to the perfect candidate for a paint job.
Now I just have to pick a color. My original thought was Miss Mustard Seed’s Eulalie’s Sky, a lovely aqua blue. But then I also happen to have some of her Shutter Grey on hand as well. Wouldn’t that be pretty? With the raised oval and rectangle painted in Grain Sack. Obviously those two spots are also crying out for a stencil, and since I just ordered a new batch from Maison de Stencils the other day, I’m going to have to wait patiently for them to arrive. Meanwhile, I will do what I can to repair this lovely dresser so it’s ready for its makeover.