David lucked into a project for us at the thrift store. Initially disappointed by the lackluster selection, he headed to the exit, empty handed. There he stumbled upon the thrift store truck returning from a pick-up. Holding the door for them, he noticed a solid looking dresser among the items the men were carrying in. After a quick exam, David bought it on the spot.
She was sturdier — and dirtier — then we thought. We scrubbed her down until she was spotless and sweet smelling. It was no picnic. I’m telling you, I think somebody had eaten lunch in one of the drawers.
David did some repairs but I forgot to take any pictures in her unpainted state. Oops. I can describe her, though: heavy, well-built and plain.
We hatched a plan to dress her up. I sketched out some ideas and this is the winner:
Stripes along the two upper shelves, with the remaining shelves a solid color. You can read about my stripe-painting technique here.
I experimented combining ASCP Arles with different amounts of Old White but decided to stay with uncut Arles. By itself, Arles is a rich, yellow ochre with hints of orange. I toned down the vibrancy of Antibes Green with Old White and covered the body of the dresser with it.
We painted the inside drawers to match the light green outside.
I had a goal: I wanted this dresser to appeal to a diverse audience. On the one hand, she is perfect for the nursery, as an all-in-one changing table and diaper storage unit. As the infant grows, the changing table transitions into a child’s dresser.
On the other hand, I wanted her to have a boho chic vibe to appeal to artsy, adventurous adults interested in unconventional furniture. You’ll have to tell me if I’ve achieved my goal.
We don’t have room at Avonlea Antique Mall right now to show her off — the holidays are underway. We may try to post her on Craigslist, which I’ve never done.
She’s a charmer and I so hope she finds a great home.
Thanks for stopping by,
Ann Marie and David