This dresser makeover came with a few lessons for me and it was headed for the trash more than once. I finished it this week and now I'm glad I didn't give up on this four drawer solid wood vintage piece.
My 14 year old son and I found it at a busy yard sale this summer and lesson number one is to check a piece over carefully no matter how busy the sale is or how anxious I am to claim other pieces before they were scooped up. The finish was in quite good shape for the age of this solid wood vintage dresser and I really liked the turned front legs. Lesson number two is to always take the time to check the legs of pieces placed for sale in tall grass. We didn't realize until we got it home that half of one of the back legs was badly damaged and rotted.
This is a before photo. It is also before our 16 year old son cut the damaged area off the back leg and then cut the rest of the legs (including the shapely front legs) to match in height. This tallboy lost about 4 inches in height.
Getting lots of inspiration from blogs and Pinterest I decided to paint the drawer fronts grey using Behr Premium Plus Ultra (paint and primer in one) in a $3 can of mis-tint gray. I also added my usual Plaster of Paris to make it more of a chalky paint. Once the charcoal grey went on the drawers I started really liking this piece again. A light distressing of the drawer edges, Minwax poly in satin and new brushed chrome knobs I had on hand finished it off nicely.
Now it is finished and I really like the grey and white together. I have it listed for sale but if it doesn't sell I could easily find a spot for it in our home.
This is our last week of summer vacation before heading back to school and work next week. I wish you a great week ahead and thanks for stopping by.
Edited to add: It sold within a few hours to the first people inquiring. I'm going to have to use this colour combo again.
I am sharing this at the following parties....
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch, Farmhouse Porch, Confessions of A Plate Addict and White Lace Cottage
The Inspiration Exchange Party at City Farmhouse, Yellow Bliss Road, Ella Claire, Clean and Scentsible
Work It Wednesday at The Happy Housie, Amy at The Blissful Bee, A Place of My Taste, and The Turquoise Home