Today’s piece is a true trash to treasure story.
A couple of weeks ago Mr. Q and I were headed out for our daily walk in a nearby park when I spotted some furniture at the curb with a ‘free’ sign. Most of the pieces were trashed beyond my level of repair, but this dresser had potential.
Now, you might be thinking ‘jeesh Quandie, could you take a straight photo already!’, but FYI, this is a straight photo. It’s the dresser that’s crooked. The front leg on the left is about 2″ shorter than the rest. At some point a portion of it either broke off or just rotted away, I’m not sure which.
You could also possibly be thinking ‘egads, that thing is kinda hideous’, which is a fair assessment I think. But just wait until you see how it turned out.
Naturally my handyman/neighbor Ken made quick work of that repair. So quick in fact that I never even got photos for you. But he basically cut the bad leg off a bit higher than the damage, cut a new bottom half of the leg, and then attached it using a dowel pin to make sure it was stable. I then used a little Dixie Belle Mud to fill the seams. Once painted, unless you know it has been repaired, I don’t think you would even notice.
Once the leg was repaired I simply sanded and cleaned the piece and then painted it in Dixie Belle’s Bunker Hill Blue.
This deep, rich blue is really difficult to capture well in photos. It’s one of those chameleon sort of colors that changes depending on the light, sometimes just looking like navy blue and other times looking more cobalt. Nonetheless, it’s perfect for a mid-mod piece, don’t you think?
Once the paint was dry I added clear wax over the top and used Buffy (my Black & Decker car buffer) to give it a little sheen.
I thought the drawer pulls on this piece were fairly unique.
There is a cut out piece of veneer-like material behind the pull that was originally black. I pulled those out when I removed the pulls and painted them all in the same RustOleum Mirror Finish gold spray paint that I used on the lamp in my living room.
I love how the gold pops with the rich cobalt blue.
I’m not usually one for lining drawers, but these were pretty stained and unattractive so they needed to be either lined or painted. I just happened to have some blue gingham paper on hand, and enough to line all four drawers so I went with it.
By the way, the modern painting I’m using in my photos belongs to nnK and normally hangs in her living room. But I found it at a garage sale in Minneapolis several years ago and passed it on to her. It has the perfect colors in it for her house.
Wouldn’t this piece be amazing in a downtown loft?
Or perfect for a boy’s room. Or an adult’s room for that matter. In fact, it would be perfect for providing a pop of gorgeous, deep blue to any room!
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle for providing the Bunker Hill Blue paint, the Mud filler, and the clear wax that I used for this project.
And if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a brilliant blue mid mod dresser, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page for more details.