Friday, January 27, 2012

When Furniture Speaks

I've had this dresser for several months. It spent a month or two in my garage and then I brought it to the store as a display for custom furniture refinishing.


It's a gorgeous antique dresser with great legs, caster wheels and original hardware. The detailing was really pretty. But, it just didn't speak to me.

So, it sat. No one was particularly drawn to it.

And then I finally had a vision. I had been thinking I wanted to paint it black and add some glass knobs.


I ran out of glass knobs so I used the large cream krackled knobs instead and kept the  original knobs on the bottom drawers.

I took it a step further, though.

The sides of the dresser had recessed panels which were perfect for adding a decorative element. Rather...a decopauged element.


I pulled out some vintage sheet music from 1932 and slathered it up with modge podge to line the panels.


I carried it through to the drawers.


Added a light distressing around the original hardware and along the sides of the drawers so that the details pop.



Check out the old camera. It's a kodak camera from 1913. I found this hanging out in my parents garage and accused them of holding out on me!


I like how all the colors are pulled together between the sheet music, cream knobs and distressing. I could totally see this piece of furniture in a dining room as a buffet or living room with a TV on it!

We shall see who buys it and how they end up using it!

35 comments:

  1. Very cool! Love the new treatment she got!

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  2. Super charming- love the sheet music!! Come share it at Feathered Nest Friday sometime too!

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    1. Thank-you! I definitely will link up! Thanks!

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    1. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Well, it looks like you finally gave a voice to that piece. I love it! On my computer it looks to be a blued-black. xo Diana

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    1. It's a really muted black...almost like charcoal! I can see why it might look bluish.

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  5. NICE! Great transformation. I have pieces *speak* to me all the time. Usually just as I am opening a can of paint & the piece screams, "NO not that color!" And ya know I listen, change my plan & it works out!

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  6. That is so pretty! I want to do this to my room's furniture! :)

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  7. Very nice! I love the sheet music. I keep saying I'm gonna use sheet music on something. I'll have to wait till it "speaks" to me. :) Came over to visit from French Country Cottage FB posting.

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    1. Glad you found me! Thanks for following!

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  9. I have a dresser similar to that and seeing yours gives me tons of ideas! Love it!

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  10. Her makeover looks outstanding...love the idea you had with sheet music. Thank you for coming to my party, but please be sure to put my party or my party name with a link back to my blog, then all your friends will know which parties that you are at...thanks:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. That should read...party button:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  12. Beautiful makeover! Dressers are so versatile...and I could see this one used in any room of the house! It will sell, for sure!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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