I’m continuing to clear out the Carriage House. Today’s project is this abandoned set of hankie drawers that I removed from a dresser some time in the distant past.
In fact, I searched back through my archives and for the life of me I can’t find a ‘before’ photo of a dresser with this section on top. So it might even date back to the ‘pre-blog’ era.
Well, anyway, if you’ve followed me for a while you know that I’ve always liked to remove the hankie drawers from dressers. I feel like a flat top makes the dresser more versatile so it can be used as a TV stand, or as a buffet type piece in the dining room. I always save the cast off drawers though and turn them into a stand alone item (like this, and this, and this). Usually they end up as individual drawers (like in those linked examples), but this one is a solid piece all the way across.
I painted the outside of the box in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, and then I painted the insides of the drawers in their Apricot. I used the DB Flat clear coat over the Apricot to give the insides of the drawers a little extra durability.
Apricot is quickly growing to be my favorite shade of pink. It’s a peachy pink to be sure, and I really love the warmth of it.
Once the painting was done, I sanded lightly to distress and then added a section from the Violet Hill transfer from re.design with prima.
Isn’t that just gorgeous? I have to admit, I felt a little guilty not saving this transfer to use on a full piece of furniture. But what the heck? I knew it would be perfect for this, and now I have a bunch of the transfer left over for more projects.
I have absolutely no recollection of what happened to the original drawer pulls. Maybe I never had them? Maybe I took them off to use on something else? Who knows. But I found a set of 3 vintage pulls in my stash of old hardware that ended up working out perfectly.
At this point you’re probably thinking ‘ok, well, that’s real pretty, but what would you do with it?’
I’ve got a couple of ideas. The most obvious, put it on top of a dresser and use it as a jewelry box.
If you have lots of jewelry, this would be a great option because it would hold quite a bit.
Another idea, add it to your desk under your computer monitor to store office supplies and to give your monitor a little extra height.
For those of you still working from home due to COVID, this would be a lovely way to organize your work space.
Finally, this would be a great addition to a craft room to hold all sorts of various crafting supplies.
I brought this piece to Reclaiming Beautiful this week, so I guess we’ll see if anyone out there has just the right purpose for it.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co and to re.design with prima for providing the products used for today’s projects.
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