A while back I sent Mr. Q to a garage sale to see if there were any pieces of furniture to be had. Sure enough, there were several pieces that he thought I would like. At the time, a storm was brewing and the rain was just starting to come down as he negotiated the deal. As a result, he didn’t spend as much time scrutinizing these pieces as he should have. He paid for them, threw them in the truck and hightailed it home.
By the time he pulled in our driveway it was coming down pretty good. We unloaded things and dried them off, and then left them in the carriage house. Later in the week when I pulled this dresser out for a closer look, I discovered that all of the drawers were firmly stuck closed! Ugh! It was a case of the dresser looking pretty good on the outside, but really in very bad shape on the inside.
Handyman Ken and I literally had to remove the back of the dresser and pound each drawer out from behind with a hammer. Then Ken went to work sanding all the drawers down and making a couple of other fixes that were needed inside to make the drawers open and close smoothly. Once again, thank goodness for Ken.
After all of that hard work, I decided this piece should be painted in a dark and stormy grey to match both the weather when we bought it and my mood when I discovered the drawers were all stuck!
I used a mix of Urban Rooster’s Smokey Ash and Dixie Belle’s Hurricane Grey. Honestly, there was very little (if any) difference between these two colors. I didn’t think I had enough of either one to do the whole dresser though, so I simply mixed them together.
I gave the rich grey color even a little more depth by finishing with Miss Mustard Seed’s antiquing wax. This dresser has some very charming trim on the front.
I wasn’t sure about the hardware, but my friend Meggan convinced me to keep it. She loved the verdigris patina, and she was certain the color would work well with the grey.
I think she was right, what do you think?
I love the combo of grey and mustard yellow, so I used one of my fall painted pots for staging (you’ll read more about those in an upcoming post).
I think this one turned out quite nice in the end, but there was a lot of extra effort involved. In the future I think I’ll try and stick with dressers that don’t have sticky drawers!
Linking up with: Making Broken Beautiful Furniture Party at The Curator’s Collection.