I’m pretty sure Mr. Q and I purchased this dresser via Craigslist way back in early spring and it has been hanging out in my carriage house ever since.
It was in quite good shape. At some point someone refinished it complete with a shiny poly topcoat. If you know me at all, you know I’m not a fan of shiny and I’m not a big fan of the heavy grain of oak either.
I was in the mood to work with Fusion paint when I started this dresser, so I prepped the piece by scuff sanding it lightly, and then cleaned it with some TSP substitute before painting on two coats of Fusion’s Limestone. Limestone is the warmest of the Fusion whites.
Once dry, I sanded the edges to distress. Here is a close up of the mirror to give you a better idea of what that looks like.
To feed my current addiction, I added an Iron Orchid Designs transfer to the drawer fronts and the mirror frame.
In hindsight this dresser would have been pretty with sparkly glass knobs, but I opted to keep the hardware that came with it since I had all of the pieces.
This dresser has pin and cove dovetailing.
I’ve talked about this kind of dovetailing before. Pin and cove dovetails were only used for a short time, from around 1870 to 1890 or so, and they were only used in the U.S. and Canada. They never caught on in Europe. Although I’m sure that the dresser itself dates back that far, I don’t think the hardware does. I think this is reproduction hardware because it’s very flimsy and light. Older drawer pulls like these were much heavier and thicker.
You may have noticed in the past that I often split up mirrors and dressers. I find that dressers tend to be a little more versatile without a mirror. You can use it as a changing table, or as a TV stand, or as a buffet. But this time I kept the mirror. The dresser just has so much more personality with the mirror in place. It even looks amazing without any staging at all.
But since it’s way more fun to add some fab vintage props, I added my apron strings chair from Tuesday as well as the other ‘apron strings’ colored items. I also added a few of my Limelight hydrangeas which are starting to turn a little pink for fall.
And I set it all up in the driveway for a photo shoot.
Sometimes I wonder if people driving by my house notice that I always seems to have furniture in the driveway.
Here’s the official ‘before & after’, what do you think?
This dresser is for sale locally. If interested, please check my ‘available for local sale’ tab for more details.