Recently my friend Terri was helping family clean out her aunt and uncle’s house. They have both passed away, and no one in the family wanted some of the items in the house. Luckily Terri thought of me! She sent over a dresser, a mid-century bureau and a small table plus a few other odds and ends.
This dresser was first up for a makeover.
Once again, I took the ‘before’ photo after Mr. Q did some prep work for me. He removed the drawer pulls and gave everything a light sanding. You can see pretty clearly in the photo just how light of a sanding it got. Since I was planning to paint this piece in milk paint, I decided to sand a little more before painting. But really, it just involved another pass by hand with a fine grit paper. I just didn’t want to get too much chipping.
I’ll be honest with you guys, this dresser really didn’t have any damage or anything. I just thought it was kind of ugly. I wasn’t a fan of that ‘flame’ going up the center of the drawers and I felt like the side detail was just a bit too gaudy with that shiny finish.
I debated between Miss Mustard’s Marzipan (an almond white) and Kitchen Scale for this one. I had both packages in my hand. Then I stood there looking at the dresser. Marzipan? Kitchen Scale? Marzipan would have been lovely. But in the end, Kitchen Scale won.
I think the paint really toned down the look of those carved side pieces.
I used my trick with the tape to get some more chips out of this one. It didn’t chip much at all on its own (probably thanks to that extra sanding I did).
But with a little encouragement from some tape, it turned out perfect!
I had grandiose plans for posting lots of furniture makeovers staged with Christmas decorations during the month of December, yet somehow I’ve only managed two. And here we are with Christmas a mere 48 hours away. Hmmmm. So much for that plan. Where did the month of December go?
Well, here’s one last hurrah! I’ve staged this one with some aqua light bulbs …
and some of my most precious vintage aqua ornaments.
I have to tell you though, some vintage ornaments were harmed during the filming of this dresser makeover! After taking this next photo, I turned my back for just a minute and I heard ‘tink, tink, tink, tink, crash!’
Sure enough, that round ornament next to the bell shaped one rolled right off the dresser and crashed to the floor. Tragically, this was one of my favorites! Doesn’t that just figure? I shared it on the blog last year, I just loved its space theme.
Drat! I’m going to miss that one! That will teach me to just play around with these all willy nilly. I tend to break a handful of my ornaments every year, and so another one bites the dust.
This dresser is a big one by the way. It’s 37″ wide and 45″ tall. It could hold a lot of big warm sweaters for winter!
What do you think?
If you need a place to store your sweaters (and are local in the Twin Cities) drop me a comment for more details because this dresser is available!