Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bowed and Beautiful

What a deal I made on this bowed front dresser.  I found it on Craigs list and when I went to look at it I knew I wanted it no questions asked.  But the lady selling it apologized for the third drawer not working right.  I tried to push it in at her place and I couldn't get it in all the way either, so what, it's still great!!


When I got the dresser in my shop and had time to look it over more closely I discovered that the lady had her third and fourth drawers mixed up and that was the only reason it wouldn't go in all the way.  I almost felt guilty about getting it for such a good price.  It did have a lot of work to do on it though so that guilt lasted just a minute.  The drawers all needed glued and nailed back together.  You could see light through some of the big gaps between the back of the drawer and the bottom of the drawer. 

I used wood filler in a lot of different places on the top so I wasn't able to stain it like I wanted to.  But I think it still turned out beautiful.  I painted it Swiss Coffee after having to use an oil based primer due to an old red stain.  After painting I distressed it lightly and then used poly all over it.  I spray painted the hardware with oil rubbed bronze to up date the look of the gorgeous pulls. 

The white color fitted this piece so well, kind of elegant, don't you think?

                I love, and try to save all the old hardware that I can, especially when it's this pretty.

I loved how this turned out, but then I love almost all old pieces.

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  1. Beautiful! I'm so jealous. Nothing like that around where I live. You did a fabulous job :)

  2. I recently acquired a similar dresser at a yard sale for only $10! But they had cut the legs off! I'll have to work some magic to make it a beauty again. Your's turned out beautiful...good job!

  3. I found one very close to that curbside! Love yours!! Hope you will come by and share at Creative Things Thursday. http://www.thevintagefarmhouse.com/

  4. i love this one- so classically beautiful! i love that bow shape!

  5. Found you at MMS - I love what you did with this wonderful old piece. You rocked it.

  6. I think these pulls are my favorite, I always reuse them!

  7. Very elegant choice for colors and a very elegant look. Great work!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

  8. OMG - I'm working on the identical piece right now! Unbelievable really - yours turned out just gorgeous!
    ( did you have a hard time removing the hardware by any chance lol )

  9. Incredible transformation! Def worth all the hard work. Angela @ Mrs. Whit Twig & Tea

  10. Hard work paid off, it's beautiful.