I went to pick up a tall dresser the other evening and I was unsure if I would like it in person or not.
Shopping for pieces can be hit or miss and often pictures are deceiving so it is best to see something in person before deciding.
I was afraid I wouldn’t like the dresser as much in person and I was right.
I chose not to buy it and I felt a little bad as I always feel like I am inconveniencing the seller, but that is just the way it goes.
Early on, I likely would have bought it out of obligation and then regretted it later, but I have grown a lot in terms of my furniture buying and decision making.
So…I was about to leave this person’s shop when I spotted this piece of awesomeness..
All three drawers were there, but it was definitely a hot mess.
The top was scratched up to high heaven and the caster was missing so it sat along the store wall in a sad, sideways way.
The veneer had been removed on the two drawers in spots and the drawers struggled to shut properly as one seemed to want to overlap the other.
The hardware was in rough shape, too.
She was a mess I tell ya.
Luckily I like messes.
AND I COULD SEE HER POTENTIAL!
I confess I hesitated for a second as I had a bunch of other projects waiting their turn in my garage that need my attention.
I like to have some projects pieces and some pieces that ready to paint right away…if I have too many projects, I don’t seem to ever get to them!
So I decided to buy her and the next day, I began to work on all the things that needed my attention.
The worst part was fiddling with the drawers…drawers make me nuts.
I worked on those drawers for an hour, but it really made all the difference.
I was able to make them slide perfectly!
Then the fun part…time to get to painting!
I sanded down the top to get rid of all the scratches and damage…it came out so smooth and I thought it would look great refinished in some Dark Walnut Stain.
So I stained it and then clear coated it with three coats of Polycrylic.
I wanted the dresser to be very soft and neutral so I decided to paint it in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Mora…it is a soft and sweet grey.
I had never used this color before so I was excited to try it!
I painted it up with three coats and then distressed out all those gorgeous details!
I had done a light sanding before I painted so no chipping occurred with the milk paint this time.
I sealed up the painted parts in Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil.
I added stunning cut glass knobs from my favorite place, D. Lawless Hardware.
They were the perfect bling for this dresser.
She went from hot mess to HOT!
The lady who bought her is placing this piece in her baby’s nursery….
I think she will look darling!