Ladies and Gentlemen this is farmhouse dresser no. 5!
Any Lou Bega fans out there? Am I the only one?
A little bit of Quandie in my life …
OK, moving on. Mr. Q and I picked this dresser up one dark night a few weeks ago. It was conveniently located just a couple of miles away.
The gentleman that I purchased it from said they had used it “up at the cabin” (a true Minnesotan thing). I suspect there are many fabulous pieces of vintage furniture tucked away in cabins all over Northern Minnesota. In fact, a small sidebar, after I posted my recent possum belly table makeover, my friend Meggan texted me and said “look what was shoved in the corner by the fridge” in the cabin her family had just purchased.
Isn’t that crazy? Another possum belly table. Meggan’s table is in much better shape than mine was and even has the original metal possum belly drawers!
By the way, I shared Meggan’s house on the blog a while back, if you missed it you can find it here. I bet her new cabin (which, by the way, is on its own private island!) is going to be fabulous as well!
Anyway, back to this dresser. It definitely has a certain rustic charm. Initially I was planning to strip the top and paint the body white. Every once in a while I like to go back to basics. I actually mixed up the MMS Ironstone milk paint and painted one coat. Then, I stepped back and looked at the dresser and decided white just wasn’t going to cut it. So I added some French Enamel (blue), nope, too blue. Then I added some Luckett’s Green. Hmmm … too dark still, so I added some Eulalie’s Sky. Well, you get the idea. I mixed a bunch of different colors and ended up here …
This dresser had all but one of its original brass key hole escutcheons. I had a couple of spare escutcheons lying around and I was just going to replace the missing one, but then I came across these little metal numbers that I forgot I had. The color was perfect.
And thus, farmhouse dresser no. 5 was born!
When I pulled open one of the drawers, I thought for a moment that I might try to salvage the lining paper …
Unfortunately it was in pretty rough shape, and for this dresser to truly be functional I knew its new owner would prefer a fresh and clean surface inside the drawers. After ripping out the contact paper liner, I found that the insides of the drawers had been painted already. Some were pink and some were a very dingy white. I gave them all a fresh coat of Fusion in Lily Pond.
You know I like to use Fusion on interiors because I don’t have to top coat it with anything. Once cured, it is fully washable. Also, this is just one coat and it covered beautifully.
The dresser came with glass knobs, but originally it probably had brass drawer pulls. There were still two holes in each drawer. Once again, I am having issues with my choice of fill material. Remember I switched to a different brand and it resulted in purple paint? Well, of course I knew not to use that again, so this time I tried a Minwax wood putty. Here is the description of this product:
Minwax Wood Putty® is designed to fill minor surface imperfections in wood that has already been stained and finished. Unlike Minwax Stainable Wood Filler, it never hardens. It requires no sanding and no finishing, and comes in a variety of pre-mixed colors to perfectly match Minwax Wood Finish stains. Ideal for bare, stained or finished woodwork, paneling, molding, trim and doors.
Easy to use – no sanding or finishing required!
Yeah, well, I missed one small detail. See it there at the end of the second sentence? Yeah, it never hardens. But you know me, I like to learn things the hard (pardon the pun) way. Naturally the milk paint did not adhere to the wood putty. That last sentence should have read no sanding or finishing “possible!” instead of “required!”
Dang. And of course it’s the two holes on the top drawers that are the worst. It couldn’t have just been the bottom drawers.
To add insult to injury, I didn’t notice this problem until after I sanded the dresser, which was several days after I painted it. And remember that custom color that I mixed? Yeah, I had used up every drop on the dresser. I had no more paint.
My choices at this point are 1) dig out the wood putty, refill with wood filler, and repaint the entire dresser (or at least all of the drawer fronts). Or 2) leave it alone and assume there are people out there who don’t mind these sorts of imperfections. I know that I don’t. It’s not like I was aiming for a flawless finish. I was aiming for a chippy, vintage, “I have some history” sort of look. I am OK with this dresser looking like it spent the last 85 years up north in someone’s cabin.
Would I have preferred that this didn’t happen? Yes. Do I want to do all that work to fix it? No.
But seriously, what do you think? Would you be OK with the dresser as is?
Seriously, I want to know. Would this bug you, or would you just ignore a minor imperfection such as this and embrace the shabby charm?