I’m finally finished, and so excited to reveal my recent project! I had mentioned that Chris and I were working on a secret redo, and after a lot of paint and tears (yes really!)- I couldn’t be happier with my new addition to the studio.
Let me start at the beginning by telling you that I have a new found love for white furniture, and for mid century furniture. If you missed it, I recently turned a 1950’s ‘boomerang table‘ into a beautiful and functional piece for my home. Last week, my husband went to bring the garbage out at 1am (yes, we stay up late around here =), and came back to inform me that there was a large wooden dresser out for the garbage a few houses down. Four houses down, across the street to be exact. I slipped on my flips, not expecting to find a treasure, but with hopes that I could possibly turn it into something worthwhile. I was quite delighted when I saw the beautiful curves on the top drawers of the dresser, and on the center and front of it as well.
It was hard to see in the dark- and it didn’t take a genius to figure out that it was too large to fit in either of our cars. We each lifted an end, and Chris said ‘Yeah, you can’t carry this.” Sad and a bit hopeless, we walked back to the house and discussed our options. Which were none. It was either carry it, or forget about it. We decided to carry it, because I basically was not going to sleep until it was mine, all mine. O..M..G.. it was heavy. Between laughing and using every muscle in our bodies, it was nearly impossible to carry. After a gash to the side of my foot (I told you there were tears), and a screaming child (who got out of bed and thought he was abandoned)- we finally got it inside.
When I saw it in the light, I pretty much fell in love with it! There were some minor chips and parts on the wood that looked like something hot had been placed on it- but overall it was in excellent condition. We opened the drawers and discovered a small linen bag with a tag on it. The tag was stamped March 15, 1959, and was a bag of hardware for the top corner drawers. My original plan was to replace all of the hardware, but after a lot of searching and finding nothing, we decided to spray paint them. I’m so glad we did, it looks perfect!
I gave the dresser the same treatment as the boomerang table. Sanding (Chris did most of this), priming, and painting. And ta da!, a beautiful new piece of furniture for the studio.
Not only does it look great in the studio, it will be the new home for my printers. Sadly, I will have to put two or three of them on the top of it, which will not leave much room for anything else.
I’ll still be keeping my beautiful print(1) by A Life Through the Lens, because it will be darling above the printers. The cubbies(2) will also stay to keep some of my smaller orders organized in. The plum boxes(3) will unfortunately go back to the white shelves above my desk and shipping area. I really love the way they added a bit of darker color to the area.
I plan to take some photos once I move everything into the drawers- paper, ribbon, buttons, glitter, camera stuff, etc. It’s large enough to hold quite a bit, so I’m very happy. The sweetest thing about the dresser is that we worked on it for our one year anniversary- I think I will always cherish this piece.
Now, should I go knock on the door of the previous owner and thank them for it? Chris says no, they may decide that they want it back lol. =)