I recently received a very sweet email from a reader asking me about the Farmhouse Dresser on my Portfolio page. Because the dresser had been painted pre-website, I never wrote about it and I only have phone pictures. (Sorry about that–let’s just say they’re “artistic“, shall we?!) Because it was one of my favorite dressers, I wanted to include it in my furniture portfolio–grainy photos and all. Her email reminded me how much I loved it and it’s sweet story, so I’ve decided to share it after all.
The dresser was a Craigslist find, and I was thrilled when I picked it up that it still had all it’s keyholes and caster feet. Even the drawers were in good shape! You could just feel that it had been loved and taken care of. Here’s some before shots:
I just love these farmhouse dressers with their side panels and keyhole drawers! It’s a real shame I don’t come across them more often–they’re very easy to paint, as well 😉 !
I could tell it had had years of polishing, so after removing it’s hardware, I gave it a quick scuff sand, and one coat of primer. FYI, if you’re not painting the inside of the drawers, make sure to tape them off–especially if you will be selling the piece. Who wants to open a drawer and see sloppy paint marks? Nobody. 😀 And here’s a great tip for the keyholes! You don’t have to actually pop them out to paint the drawers–just rub a little petroleum jelly on them and you can paint right over them. When it comes time to distress, they wipe completely clean–AND POLISHED! Who knew??!.
I gave the dresser two coats of “a mixture of a whole bunch of leftover BM flat latex paint”. Again, sorry, pre-website and I never wrote anything down. Tip # 2–If you custom mix a color, and you happen to love it, write it down!….(This tip is more for me than you!) 😀
I distressed it fairly heavily, and gave it two coats of a dark wax. The plan was to replace the original wood knobs with glass, but they just didn’t feel right. The original hardware had the greatest feel when you handled them, so I decided to keep them on the dresser. A quick coat of white paint and light distress was all they needed to demand a little bit of attention, without taking away from the dresser’s rustic, farmhouse feel.
The dresser’s transformation was complete when I lined the drawers with a blue ticking fabric. This brings me to the dresser’s new story! I had listed it on Craigslist, and got a call right away. The sweetest gentleman was in Seattle for the day with the “big car”, so he thought he would continue his search for an antique dresser for his wife. He wanted to surprise her with a dresser she could use to house all of her fabric and sewing supplies. ♥ Awwwwwwwwww ♥. Don’t you just love stories like that?! Because I hadn’t posted a picture of the inside of the drawers, he was really pleased to see the ticking fabric, and mentioned that it was his wife’s favorite! She was currently out-of-town and he was pretty excited about the surprise. Like I mentioned…sweet guy. It was a win-win because I was happy my favorite dresser was going to a good home where it could continue to be useful and stay out of a landfill. 😀
Because this isn’t a recent furniture project, you might be wondering what I have been up to all week. Well, for starters, I’ve been working on my second home project from “the list“…painting the back staircase and doors to the bonus room and staining the railing! Normally, I don’t think painting trim is a huge job, but there are stairs and carpeting involved, so fingers crossed on this one. Luckily(??), the back staircase is SUPER ugly, and if it comes out half as well as I’m hoping, it will still be a vast improvement. As for furniture projects, I’ve been in the garage finishing up a chunky, beast of a coffee table. We’ve had tons of rain, so it’s a tad sad working in a cold, dark garage, but if I can’t carry it in to the house by myself, I pretty much have to paint out there. Hopefully, all of my hard work will pay off, and I’ll have pictures to share with you real soon! Take care!
p.s. Any tips on painting steps with carpeting will be greatly appreciated ! 😀
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