My craigslist spotter, nnK, spotted this dresser for me a week or so ago and I sent Mr. Q off to pick it up.
It had a little bit of damage on the right side of the 3rd drawer down, some veneer is chipped off and the trim is missing. But otherwise it was in great shape, aside from the finish being pretty dinged up. It also looks like there was some water damage to the feet at some point.
For some reason, as soon as I saw this in person I thought ‘yellow’. And luckily I already had some of Fusion’s Buttermilk Cream, which is the perfect shade of creamy yellow. Not in-your-face lemon yellow, but a subtle dignified yellow. This is a fairly dignified dresser, so it deserved a dignified color.
Once I had it painted in yellow, I decided to give it a little more personality with the addition of white inside the trim. I used Fusion’s Limestone for that.
Looking at the craigslist ad, I had no idea that the top half of this dresser had a curved front. In fact, if you look at my own ‘before’ photo you can’t really tell either. But in person it’s quite obvious.
I thought about changing out the original hardware for some clear glass knobs, but there are 12 drawer pulls on this thing! Even at only a few dollars each, that adds up when you need 12 new knobs. So instead I spruced them up with a little gold rub ‘n buff.
This dresser has a formal, traditional feel so I opted not to go chippy with milk paint. The Fusion is just so darn easy to work with in comparison with no need for a top coat, no mixing, no worries about color variations. I did end up need three coats to get really good coverage though. I distressed the edges just a little.
The yellow and white on this dresser reminded me of some daffodils that I used to have in my garden that were yellow and white. I really wanted to find some daffodils to use in my photos, but wouldn’t you know it, the flower shop near me was all out. I had to settle for yellow tulips, which paired nicely with some ironstone.
By the way, this dresser is quite large. I think it’s often hard to tell in photos, especially in this case where I haven’t added a chair or anything to provide scale. This baby is 52.5″ tall and 36″ wide.
So let’s take a moment to talk about lining drawers, shall we? Are you pro or con? I am against lining a perfectly good drawer. In my experience, a lined drawer ends up looking shabby much more quickly than an unlined drawer. Loose paper liners don’t last very long, while sticky contact paper can be a nightmare to remove and it really doesn’t clean very well. So for the most part, I don’t line the drawers of my pieces.
I make an exception to that when the drawer is really grossly stained. Or in this case, I made an exception because two of the drawers in this piece had previously been lined with contact paper and it left behind an awful sticky residue that I couldn’t get rid of. But, like I said, only two of the drawers had this problem. So I only lined them.
Two of the drawers have dividers in them …
And are in quite good shape. The final two drawers aren’t divided, but also are in very good condition. So I chose not to line them.
Is that weird? If I were keeping this dresser, this is what I would do. But will a prospective customer wish I had lined them all? What do you think? In general, are your pro-liner, or con?
Linking up with Friday’s Furniture Fix at Lost & Found Decor