First, an update on last Friday’s Typewriter black dresser. The majority who commented loved the simplicity and predicted that it would sell fast, and it definitely did. The buyer picked it up yesterday.
In my area, black continues to be an excellent seller, especially black with a wood top. And I pretty much agree that it’s easier for most people to work a piece like that one into their existing décor. It’s more of a team player rather than the star of the show.
The decision whether to keep a piece simple, like the black dresser, or add a more dramatic personality is always tough. But it’s even more difficult when, in addition to selling refurbished furniture, you are also a blogger. I’m not only thinking about whether or not a piece will sell, but also whether or not the process of refinishing it will be interesting to my readers. How bored would you all get if I painted everything black or white with no color and no transfers/stencils/etc? Yawn.
The other factor is that I refurbish furniture (and other vintage items) mainly for enjoyment. It’s a hobby for me, not my livelihood. So I really tend to lean towards deciding what I want to do, rather than what I should do. Of course I want my pieces to sell (because otherwise what would I do with them?), but that’s not the ultimate goal for me. For me, the ultimate goal is to take something that was cast off and create something that is beautiful. And then hopefully it will sell.
That brings me to today’s piece.
My friend (and former co-worker) Bruce brought this piece to me. It had been in his cabin up north and wasn’t being used. Quick sidebar, when he delivered it he shared the video of the large black bear that was roaming around his yard up there with me as well. Yikes!
Anyway, back to the dresser. As you can see, the veneer at the bottom had come off, but Bruce had saved the pieces. I planned from the start to put a transfer on this one though, and I knew it would distract from any wonky veneer, so rather than trying to re-glue it, I just peeled off all of the veneer along the bottom. That tends to leave some rough wood behind, so I gave it a good sanding. Then I stripped and sanded down the front legs, the knobs and the top of the dresser.
Next up after painting the body in Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth, I used Miss Mustard Seed’s white wax to finish those legs, knobs and dresser top.
I did not get a super perfect result with my stripping/sanding. Personally, I’m OK with that. I like a little age to show on my pieces.
I knew I was going to be using the Rose Celebration transfer from re.design with prima on this dresser, and that the white waxed wood would play really well with the beige background of this transfer.
What do you think? The knobs don’t quite disappear, but they don’t really distract either.
Next I added the Rose Celebration transfer to the front of the dresser. For more details on how to apply a large transfer like this one you can check out this post.
The transfer was a bit larger than the dresser front. I wrapped it around the sides, and I had 5″ or so left over at the bottom. I had originally contemplated centering the design both horizontally and vertically, thus cutting off about 2.5″ at top and bottom, but ultimately I decided I liked this look better.
I just love the colors in this transfer, aren’t they pretty? And the background of script and those swirly thingies (I’m guessing there is an official name for those, but I have no idea what it is, do any of you?), so lovely.
If you look closely, you can see that there are seams where the different pieces of the transfer line up (this transfer comes in six pieces). I’m not too bothered by those seams, but if you are avoiding the multi-piece transfers because you don’t like the look of the seams, you can mitigate that by trimming off the 1/4″ or so of clear transfer at the edge of each piece before you apply them, and of course, also line up your transfer more precisely than I did.
As you can see, the transfer really disguises the area at the bottom where I removed the veneer.
Once the transfer was applied, I sanded the edges of the piece to distress and then added a coat of clear wax.
I did one final thing before calling this piece finished. I refurbished the insides of the drawers using Dixie Belle’s Big Mama’s Butta in the Orange Grove scent.
I sanded them lightly, cleaned them well, and then applied the Butta’. It really freshened up both the look and the smell of the drawers. This is the first time I’ve tried this on the inside of drawers, and I’ll definitely be doing this more often. It’s such a simple way to freshen them up. And you all know that I really don’t enjoy the process of lining drawers with paper so this is a nice alternative.
And there you have it.
The star of the show!
What do you think? Now, I’ll just have to wait and see how long this one takes to sell. I’ll keep you posted.
If any of you locals are in the market for a dresser, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for all of the details on this one.
As always, thank you to Dixie Belle for providing the paint and the Big Mama’s Butta used on this project. And thank you to re.design with prima for providing the Rose Celebration transfer. Although I am no longer a Brand Ambassador for them, they did give me this transfer for free back when I was.