About a year and a half ago I dropped into a local thrift store to look for vintage home decor items. It was during Christmas break, late on a Saturday afternoon, and the small store was packed. I saw this old farmhouse dresser at the front of the store.
I wasn’t looking to buy any furniture. For that matter, I hadn’t painted or refinished anything in over three years. But boy that dresser was really cute and calling my name like crazy. I decided to mosey on to the back of the store and if this little dresser was still available when I got back up front then I would buy it.
Because you know, that would mean that it was meant to be mine.
I’m quite logical at times. Can you tell?
Well, I shopped around and of course it was still there when I got back up front so I bought it and took it home.
“Surprise honey! Look what I found when I was on my way to the gym.
Yes, there was a small, out of the way detour but it was well worth the extra time I spent fighting traffic and the extra late work out on a Saturday afternoon.
Don’t you just love it as much as I do???”
The sweet hubs helped me bring it inside because there really wasn’t any other place to put it.
And that’s how I came to work on furniture in our foyer.
Who knew a simple, little, rustic farmhouse dresser would be the catalyst for painting furniture once again?
The top of the dresser was in sad shade so I started by sanding it; however, before I got too far gone on the sanding, I decided I liked the rustic feel and look so I left it as it was.
I always caution people about taking their time when refinishing a piece of furniture. If I had dived right in wholeheartedly with the sanding, then I would have ended up with a very fresh, new looking dresser top instead of this charming, rustic one.
The body and drawers of the dresser were painted with homemade chalk paint and Aqua Seawind from Home Depot. I did one very light coat of aqua and then distressed it.
The details on the drawers were finished in black latex and the entire piece was hand waxed and buffed to a soft sheen.
I added some crystal knobs to pretty it up.
Stew and I carried this sucker all over the house trying to find a spot for it, but it just wouldn’t work anywhere.
I was heart broken. I loved it and wanted to keep it. I soon came to realize this wouldn’t be the last time I would be heartbroken over having to sell a piece of furniture I fell in love with. I guess it’s just part of the business.
I still love looking at these pictures of my little rustic farmhouse dresser.
Didn’t she turn out sweet?
I hope the new owners love it as much as I did.