I love a good deal, and in my line of work it’s critical when it comes to upcycling and selling furniture. I need to find good pieces at great prices in order to offer them for sale at a reasonable price for my clients. This is the part where I find myself explaining that shopping really can be “work”. Seriously! Ok, maybe not ALL of it feels like work. 🙂
I pride myself as being a pretty good shopper…but I recognize when I’ve been out matched, and my friend Kelly has some serious skills! That girl can hunt down a bargain and I love it!! She has picked up several great pieces for me during her expeditions…but when she sent me a picture of this antique dresser she picked up for a steal, I knew she earned her crown.
Such a great vintage piece, but unfortunately someone had put a thick layer of some kind of green-tinted lacquer all over it. Yuk! We could tell there had to be some potential under all of that gunk…and for the price is was worth taking the chance.
I first needed to strip off all of the lacquer. This is a MESSY job, and unfortunately, I’m always surprised how long it takes. The best way I can think of to describe it? Hmmm… kind of like scraping a big wad of gum off the sidewalk on a hot summer day. (It’s glamorous work I do here people)
But with all of that gooey mess comes a amazing sense of satisfaction when you uncover a drawer that can look as pretty as this…
Kelly is going to use this piece as a TV stand in her family room and we wanted to bring in the beautiful shade of blue she is already using as an accent color throughout the rest of the room.
The paint I used is Provence, by Annie Sloan, distressed and finished with a layer of clear wax followed by dark wax detail work. The wood was stripped, sanded and finished in a Dark Walnut stain by Minwax.
I love furniture makeovers…even the “gummy” ones, and I can’t wait to see this sweet little dresser in it’s new home! Enjoy Kelly!