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Recently, I found what I thought was the perfect dresser for my kid’s room. I set to work redoing it, putting in a bunch of time and energy, only to realize it wasn’t going to work. The result is this darling Wythe Blue dresser, that doesn’t fit.
My bestie called me a few months ago to tell me she had a dresser she was getting rid of that I might want for my girls’ room. My two youngest share a bedroom and it’s getting kind of cozy as they grow. This dresser seemed like just the right answer to my space issue. I picked it up and set to work.
To start off, I gave this piece a good cleaning with some Krud Kutter. Due to being spray painted at some point previously, a good sanding was in order. I roughed it up to prepare for a new coat.
To fill the old hardware hole and big scratches, I pulled out the Bondo. Yep, I said Bondo… like what they use to fix cars. It’s pretty darn amazing, even if it does stink to high heaven.
Bondo has a very short work time. Get all prep done before mixing your batch.
I chose not to make the dresser perfect.
I feel like nail holes, dents, and some wear make a piece interesting. It gives it character and tells a story of a former life. I know some people don’t like that, but it’s just how I role. If you wanted a new piece of perfection than buy one from the factory. Second hand pieces have really lived and I love that.
Perfection is boring, anyway.
I pulled out my favorite Purdy brush and a can of the prettiest blue-green from my paint stash.
This color is so fun to paint with, such a gorgeous shade! My after pics aren’t showing the true color of blue/green but it’s the best I could do. Don’t mind me, I struggle. What can I say, I’m still learning this whole photography thing! Just know that Wythe Blue by Four Chairs is the answer. It just is.
I chose to hand-paint instead of spray because I was going for a hand-me-down look. I wanted the piece to look like it was inherited from Grandma’s house and fought over by all the granddaughters. You know, that piece of granny’s furniture that everyone loved as a girl and hoped to be given one day as a woman.
The glass hardware was ordered from D. Lawless.
Their stuff is incredible and they had exactly what I wanted.
D. Lawless Hardware has the best selection of quality glass knobs and pulls. I may have a tiny hoard growing in a secret place… nobody tell my husband. Orders over $50, ship for free! How can I say no? Yep, he’s gonna see this, isn’t he? I’m dead.
I love the simple lines of the old Vaughn of Virginia dresser.
The glass knobs and pretty paint were exactly what it needed to freshen up without making it too busy.
After finishing the project and carrying it up to the 2nd story, I realized it just wasn’t going to work like I thought. Just had to laugh at myself so I wouldn’t cry. Sheesh. Sometimes you just have to physically move a piece of furniture to see if it’s what you envisioned or not. That’s life, my friends.
I love the way the dresser turned out! Sure wish I could have kept it. The combination of Wythe Blue and glass hardware is the stuff of dreams. I ended up selling the dresser to a cute friend, which makes me smile. Glad that it will be loved.
Are you the perfectionist type or do you like character and pieces with stories? Speaking of furniture with a story, you’ve got to check out THIS rad red piano!