I’m pretty sure that free furniture is the best kind of furniture. Well, maybe I should clarify that. I’m pretty sure that free furniture that is vintage and lovely and perfectly fits a space in your home is the best kind of furniture.
A couple of years ago, my in-laws moved into a retirement community and with the purchase of their home came several items left behind by the previous owner. Some were…ahem…interesting to say the least.
But, one piece was a beautiful vintage Drexel dresser. My mother-in-law/love knew that I had been looking for something to replace my giant china cabinet that I had recently sold and she kindly offered me the dresser.
I first shared it with you here and I was convinced that I really wanted to leave it untouched. But, two years later, I was starting to feel like it was just a bit too yellow-y and against my yellow-y walls it just wasn’t working for me anymore.
So, one day last week I decided it was time to give it a little bit of a facelift.
And, apparently it was sooooo little of a facelift that when my husband came home from work and I excitedly ushered him into the dining room and asked, “Do you notice anything different?”, it took a LOT of prodding from me before he realized it had been painted. 😉
But, that’s ok because I honestly didn’t want to do anything too dramatic and even though I know some folks really like a super distressed look I wanted to keep it fairly crisp looking. I used DecoArt Chalky Finish paint in ‘Primitive’ color.
I did lightly sand over the raised molding detail to let some of the gold come through and I love how it adds more depth to the piece.
I also decided to keep the original hardware and I left the top as-is because I liked the contrast of the darker wood against the lighter color on the body.
I have several projects that I’m planning to tackle around the house this summer and it feels so good to get the first one checked off the list!
Even if I’m the only one who notices it. 😉
What are some of the projects you are hoping to get done this summer?
Thanks so much for meeting me at the fence today friends!