the lily pond dresser.

The other day I was running some errands over my lunch hour when I spied an ‘estate sale’ sign on the side of the road.  Fortunately, there was no one behind me, because I slammed on the brakes to make the turn.  I quickly purchased a sweet little nightstand (you’ll see that later) and some German redwork …

red work

I also noticed a charming maple dresser that was marked $90.  In general, I find that estate sale prices on furniture are a little too high for me.  It was a cute dresser, but not worth $90 to me.  However, there were signs posted throughout explaining the ‘bid’ policy for this sale.  Basically, I could leave a bid, and if the dresser didn’t sell for full price, the sellers would give me a call if they wanted to accept my bid.  I placed a bid for $65 and dashed back to work.  There was some strategy involved in coming up with this amount.  On Day 2 of the sale, the dresser would be reduced to $60 if it was still there.  However, they would hold it for me at the $65 until I could get back to pick it up.  Nice.

On Saturday morning, I got the call.  My bid was accepted and the dresser was mine.  I just had to go back and pick it up.

estate sale dresser before

A little sidebar story for you.  Why, oh why do I ever leave the house in paint splattered sweatpants and without makeup?  I usually make a rule to never, ever do such a thing.  However, on this particular Saturday I had painted all morning, and was going to do yardwork all afternoon.  It seemed silly to change clothes and add makeup just to quickly pick up this dresser.  After all, who could I possibly run into at an estate sale?  Sure enough, the moment I walked in the door I heard “hey, need some help loading that dresser?”  Oh boy.  One of our local fire fighters, whom I happen to work with at the day job.  So embarrassing!  From now on, it’s makeup and real clothes, even for an estate sale!

Back to the dresser.  Once I got it home and scrutinized it more closely, I found that it had a … hmmm, what should I call it?  Sort of a crack in the wood that left a pointed jagged edge sticking out.  I wish I had thought to take a picture of it before we fixed it, but once again, I forgot.  I thought I could just use some glue and a clamp to hold the jagged edge in place, but I wasn’t able to even budge it.  So, I called in my handyman neighbor Ken.  He always has some little trick up his sleeve for stuff like this.

Basically, he used a chisel to add some ‘give’ to the jagged piece of wood.  The chiseled line will ultimately be hidden behind that pretty braided trim.

estate sale dresser repair

We glued and clamped, and voila, the pointy bit is back in place.  I’ll fill in the crack with some wood filler, sand it down, nail the braided trim back down and paint will hide this repair quite nicely.

I had originally consider both red and yellow for this dresser.  I have found that when I paint things in those colors they take about 3 times as long to sell.  They do sell eventually, but they don’t fly out the door like the aqua/blue/mint green tones do.  Still, sometimes I ignore that and go with my gut, and this one said red.

But then Fusion offered to send me some paint from their new Michael Penney collection.  I saw Lily Pond and decided to go for it.

lily pond title

I sanded the entire dresser, wiped it down with a damp cloth, and then painted one coat of paint.  I added a second coat to the top of the dresser, but believe it or not, the rest was just fine with one coat.  Talk about easy. I waited about an hour or so, until the paint was dry to the touch, and then I used 220 grit sandpaper to lightly distress.

I found that it distressed quite easily at this point.  In the past, I have waited longer to distress and with the Fusion that isn’t a good idea.  As this stuff cures, it gets harder and harder to sand off.  So distress promptly.  Unless of course you don’t want any distressing.  But aside from that little tip, using Fusion really couldn’t get any easier.  There is no need to wax, unless you just prefer that look.  Waxing has never been my favorite thing, so it’s nice to do without it now and then.

Isn’t this a sweet shade of green?  While pulling out stuff to stage the dresser, I realized it’s just a tad more subtle than the green on the vintage clock I picked up while shopping in Las Vegas last year.

lily pond clock

It also works beautifully with some of my vintage wallpaper.

Lily pond corner

It’s that sort of 50’s vintage green that I love so much.  I have a bread box in this color in my pantry.

bread box

What do you think of Lily Pond?  I think it would be utterly charming in a nursery.  It’s got a little bit of a beach cottage vibe too.  Ahhhh, if only I had a beach cottage!  And don’t you just love those fat cinnamon bun knobs?

lily pond

I’ll probably post this one on craigslist soon, although with my sale coming up in June pretty soon I’ll have to start hanging onto pieces for the sale.  But for now, this one is available.  Ooops, sorry, this one is sold.

20 thoughts on “the lily pond dresser.

  1. It’s a beautiful color. Like always youve transformed another great piece. I think I’m going to have to try this Fusion paint.


  2. Perfection Linda this is a style I really gravitate too. Once again your styling is wonderful never looks contrived quite an eye.


  3. Love the dresser and the colour is beautiful. I’ll definitely get some Fusion paint!
    My workshop is a 20 minute drive from my home. I used to go there in grungy clothes…but there’s always a reason to stop and go into ‘public’. I always had visions of me being on What Not to Wear! So I started to bring work overalls to change into. 🙂


  4. I have 2 maple dressers in the same style that I’ve been sitting on pondering what to do. Now I have inspiration. I got some fusion in Hudson and used it on the inside of a pine shelf. Loved using it.


    1. You’ll love using the Fusion on your maple dressers! I still think this style would also be gorgeous in red (Fort York Red) or maybe Homestead Blue. You’ll have to let me know what color you end up with!


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