Are you wondering what I did with the hanky drawers that were on the gothic dresser?
Well, first of all I should mention that it was very easy to take them off the dresser. There was a felt liner inside each one, so I pulled that out and could see that they were held in place by a couple of screws. I simply unscrewed them and they came right off.
You might be wondering if that meant there were screw holes in the dresser top, and yes, there were … or more correctly there are. I just left them. They were small, and the wood top of the dresser had plenty of dings and other blemishes. I like to embrace those rather than try to hide them. Since I gave the dresser top a rustic waxed finish the dings just blend right in.
I keep referring to these as hanky ‘drawers’, but really in this case they are just a hinged box not technically a drawer.
Once I had them removed I realized they would make fun little keepsake boxes.
I started by painting them with some Homestead House milk paint in a color called Stone Fence. This is one of my favorites. It’s a pale, warm grey (you can see more of it on this foot board shelf).
I didn’t do much in the way of prep before painting. I was OK with as much or as little chipping as fate would deliver. I did wipe them down with some TSP substitute though.
After the second coat of paint was dry, I sanded rather haphazardly. Again, I wasn’t feeling very picky about my results. I wanted an aged, distressed look.
Next I added some Iron Orchid Designs transfers to the tops of the boxes. Both are from their French Pots line and are intended to be used on clay pots, but I have found any number of other great uses for them!
This design is from French Pots I.
And this one is from French Pots III.
After applying the transfers, I sanded very lightly with some 220 grit sandpaper. Next I wiped the boxes down and then added a top coat of The Real Milk Paint Co’s Dead Flat.
I lined the insides of the boxes with a page from an old Atlas.
You could keep a stash of old photos in one of these boxes.
Or maybe your old love letters. I don’t know, does anyone write letters anymore?
Maybe you can just keep your vintage jewelry in it.
So many possibilities, what would you keep in yours?