Monday, August 13, 2012

A $10 Chest of Drawers

We have always called a chest of drawers a dresser but no matter what they are called I love these multi-function pieces.

I have been searching for some affordable and sturdy chests/dressers to add to our home. The extra storage is always a good idea and I have been so inspired by photos of lovely displays. Gotta love more horizontal surfaces to play with!


I bought this dresser for $10 this weekend from a kijiji listing, from someone moving in our neighbourhood. Super clean and very sturdy.


It may see some white paint one day (or not) but I have too many projects on the go to start something new.


I borrowed a mirror from the guest room but I think it might be a bit too small. I will keep looking for one a bit bigger. 



Looking in the mirror you can see the lamp beside the window that I borrowed the shade from (and the new white sheers that are now on the living room window.)


The accessories were gathered from around our home -an ironstone platter, a French bead pitcher with some drying hydrangeas, three little milk bottles, a bible with two ironstone butter pats and a special rosary.


At first I wasn't too sure about the pull style, but they are growing on me. I do love the simple side detail though.


I like when a piece of furniture can be be used in more than one spot or for different uses. For now I will use one drawer for candle storage and another to hold an afghan in progress.

Thanks so much for the comments on my previous post about painting our night tables and dresser black or white. After considering the opinions I am going to go with white with stained tops and new hardware. Our TV (hopefully soon a nice flat screen) sits on the long dresser so the black of the TV with a black or dark dresser might be too heavy.  I hope to find an affordable tall five or six drawer chest for a nook to the right of the windows (for hubby) and I like the suggestions of painting this piece black or blue.  I am preparing for a party for my husband's 50th birthday this weekend, but hopefully I can get started on the dresser sanding before the end of the month.

I'm sharing this thrifty find with...

29 comments:

  1. I love that little dresser just the way it is! It has so much character and looks like it's been there forever. I've had your post about the different paint styles on my mind the last couple of days because I have a dresser to refinish. I'm thinking about trying out the same white with a wood top thing. We'll see, it probably won't be until school starts up again, so I have time to think about it.

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  2. Fabulous! Love that little dresser :)

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  3. I love your dresser "as is"! It looks like a great functional little piece, and what a steal!!
    Susan

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  4. I love dressers! I think they are the most functional, versatile pieces of furniture out there. And they are my favorite pieces to paint. This one is a beauty and it looks great just the way it is! ... Good luck with your bedroom furniture. Can't wait to see the results. Yay for white!

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  5. I like it! It looks like it has great bones and a pretty grain. What a bargain!
    ♥Linsey

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  6. I hope you'll link this post up to Cowgirl Up! tonight...
    ♥Linsey

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  7. Great spot for the dresser. I never think to put dressers in my living room. Yours looks great.

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  8. I love it the way it is! It's beautiful! Some pieces are meant to age and shine!

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  9. Hi Elizabeth,
    What a great find! I like the size of the dresser and the wood tone. I agree the extra storage is perfect! Especially for cuddle quilts while watching TV!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  10. Elizabeth, you have such a nice home. I love your decorating style.

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  11. What a great deal on that dresser. It is a piece that would work in alot of places. It would be cute white, but I too; like it just the way it is.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  12. What a beauty! I've never heard of the store where you found it, but it looks like its been in your family for years! The mirror may be a tad small, but for now, it's just fine.

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  13. Love how this looks in your living room -
    And you had me with KIJIJI - a fellow canuck lol
    Americans call it EBAY!!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you drop by and follow back when you can
    Hugs from Montreal,
    Suzan

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  14. What a steal you got on this piece (we call them chest of drawers, in my part of the woods). I looks wonderful in your home...lucky YOU:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  15. What a steal you found with that dresser. It is a great piece that, if you're like me, will travel around the house when you want to change things up.
    Mary Alice

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  16. Great steal for 10 bucks! It looks great!

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  17. Super bargain at just $10.00. I would have snatched it up too. I think it looks great just as it is, no paint needed.

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  18. What a great piece Elizabeth and I love the pretty vignette on top!

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  19. Elizabeth that is a fabulous piece and for $10!!?? That is amazing. Thanx for coming to party. Hope your week is going well.

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  20. Great idea, using the dresser in the living room!
    Saw you sharing at Treasure Hunt Thursdays and love the look of your site! I"m now following you.
    Debbie :)

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  21. Love your new dresser! the wood is beautiful! Great find!

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  22. That is a gorgeous chest. I would have raced to that one and likely knocked everyone over in the process :o)
    I would love if you stopped by my linky party happening now to link this up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  23. Beautiful and what a steal! Thanks for linking up.

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  24. That's a great looking dresser and I love the way you've styled it. Your new curtains look nice, too.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  25. That is a great chest...and you have styled it to perfection :)

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  26. I love this piece. I saw a similar one at Goodwill this week, and just as I was walking toward it, a friend spotted me, and got to it first! Ugh, I guess I'd rather keep a friend, than score a great deal! Yours looks great!

    Gloria

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  27. I wouldn't paint that piece - it looks fantastic the way it is. Great find!

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