On a whim, I decided to stop into my favorite and very close thrift store, Bargain Center. I was there earlier in the week and picked up some small items (you'll see those soon), but there wasn't much that caught my eye. This trip however, proved to be a different story. The first thing I noticed on this trip was the 50% off furniture sign!!! I headed straight to the furniture section and found THE perfect dresser. I've been on the hunt since I moved in with Andrea almost 3 years ago. In the meantime I've been one of her old dressers, that is a little too small:
I have wanted a longer, low dresser, specifically this one from Room & Board, that was out of my budget. Enter the 3 year thrift store hunt. The search finally ended Saturday with the deal of the century. I know, I know, I think all my deals are the deal of the century. But seriously... this dresser cost me $12... yes you read correctly: TWELVE DOLLARS!!! With the 50% off the total came to $37... and when I cleaned out the dresser I found some jewelry, a photo, AND $25!!! That is how the dresser came to cost $12 :)
It's solid wood, it has really cool wood and metal handles, gently curving drawers, wood dividers, and a cool built in accessories tray. Check it out:
Some of the negatives of the $12 dresser were the finish and the dings. I didn't like the color and there were some pretty deep gashes on the top and chips on one of the drawers. I figured that was nothing a little sanding and wood putty couldn't take care of, since I plan on refinishing the piece with some paint. I definitely considered re-staining a darker stain, like the Room & Board one, but with the dings, and the chips, and the fact that the grain isn't really noticeable, I think I'm set on painting. I worry that the stain won't apply evenly with the wood putty and the finish being difficult to fully remove. Although, I am open to suggestions for solving these issues, if you have any.
This is the current plan:
- paint the shell and top of the dresser with Martha Stewart's Picket Fence
- paint the drawers with Martha's Whetstone Gray
- paint the handles with Martha's Precious Metals: Tide Pool
I also have been toying around with the idea of covering the drawers with this ridiculously awesome wallpaper I just bought from The Designer's Attic, but I'm gonna hold off on that and live with the paint for a while I think. Using lessons learned when I painted my desk, I'm going to paint with flat paint and then apply a semi-gloss poly over top for durability. The Tide Pool color has a metallic shimmer to it, which may or may not look good on the handles... we'll see how it turns out.
What do you think?? Any other ideas or options you can think of? I'd love to hear them.