Furniture re-dos

A Fabulous Dresser and help from you!

Have you heard of Freecycle? It’s a great website where people go to keep items out of landfills. The “One man’s trash, may be another’s treasure” kind of philosophy.  What’s the catch? Well, if you post something on there, you are willing to give it to someone at no cost to them other than the fuel and time to get to you and pick it up.

I L.O.V.E. Freecycle. I have been the lucky recipient of so very much- a treadmill, clothing and toys for my two youngest children, even a great dryer for my neighbor when her’s died suddenly. What’s better than that? I can clean out my garage in a matter of hours! Sure, I could spend tons of time on Craigslist and ebay trying to get a few pennies for our cast offs… (and I will for some of them) OR, I can spend all that time with my family and other things I enjoy and not stress about it. I generally err on the side of Freecycle.

A few weeks ago while we were in the Adirondacks, a post came across for this amazing dresser. I answered, not really expecting a reply. People usually jump on things so quickly, I am always surprised when I “win” the item in the message. I told the man who listed it that his dresser was beautiful, it had such amazing potential, and I would love to restore it to a piece of beauty, pour some effort into it and watch it shine again.

You can imagine how thrilled I was when he replied “That’s an offer I can’t refuse.  I’d love to see a picture of it when its completed.  I’ll hold it until you return.” Umm, of course!

I was finally able to pick it up Saturday. It is ENORMOUS! I am so excited to get started on it. I do, however, have a dilemma….. What color do I paint it? Do I do a two-tone technique? I happen to be leaning toward gray tones at the moment. I have found a few photos similar to what I am thinking of… nothing close enough to share though.

Want to know what the dresser looks like now? Here is what it looks like sitting in my garage:

Isn’t it just stunning?!  One of those Shabby chic, French, Queen Anne masterpieces that always cost an arm and a leg.

So now is where you come in:  I’m asking because someone may have some really cool idea or link to something they saw one time that might just be the thing-

What do you think? What color? What design? Just one color? Light gray/dark gray? white hardware? Something crazy?

I can’t wait to see your suggestions! Send your friends over (please) I’d love to know what they think too!

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12 Comments

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    Rebecca @ Shoved to Them
    August 21 at 2:51 AM

    Paint it a COLOR!!!!!!!!! Like one of these http://pinterest.com/pin/149181806376776703/ or http://pinterest.com/pin/121949102380039491/ I love them both, and if you don’t have room for a yellow dresser at your house, you can always cart it on over to mine.

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      scottiev
      August 21 at 2:55 AM

      So your vote is for bright, and one color? (well two if you count the hardware)

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      Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict
      August 22 at 4:02 PM

      LOVE that blue!!!

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    Gwen
    August 22 at 3:12 AM

    Love it!!!!! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. Here’s a dresser that I really love the transformation of. 🙂 http://restoreinteriors.com/furniture/bow-front-chest/

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      scottiev
      August 22 at 12:32 PM

      Wow Gwen! That IS beautiful. I love the way she did the color distribution. I will admit the dark wax makes me a little nervous still. It’s can be rather unforgiving, lol. I may just have to get over it though. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict
    August 22 at 2:39 PM

    It’s beautiful! I think it depends on where you are putting it. I love a bold piece just as much as the next person, but I have done a few bold things just to be bold, and I kinda regret it. I know that that color will be “out” in a year or two and it will look dated and I’ll have to do it again. I’m sticking to small bold pieces from now on 🙂
    For a bold look, I love this color right now – http://pinterest.com/pin/126311964519613679/

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      scottiev
      August 22 at 3:57 PM

      I love that color too Eliesa. It’s actually the same color as the dresser Gwen noted. That one just used the dark wax which makes it a totally different color. It’s also the color of the dining set I did. The one you pinned just isn[‘t distressed at all- which is so fresh. I’m considering that as well. Thanks! DId you ever sell your zebra table set? I thought that was fantastic!

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        Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict
        August 22 at 4:01 PM

        Yes, it sold pretty fast too! And I just sold the white china cabinet too. I fall in love with the things I re-do, but then they don’t quite work in my space, so when they sell, I always have a little seller’s remorse 🙁

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          scottiev
          August 22 at 4:09 PM

          That’s great! I figured it would- it was adorable! I am a little concerned about that myself…becoming attached to the pieces and then being sad their gone. Or deciding I wish I had it for my house years from now and not being able to find another. lol… would be a good problem to have I suppose. 🙂

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    Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict
    August 22 at 2:43 PM

    This looks like exactly the same dresser as yours! http://pinterest.com/pin/209910032602803261/

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      scottiev
      August 22 at 3:58 PM

      It’s very similar. Mine is a little bigger (if you can believe it) and a few more loops and points. I love the pink- I’m so wishing Gracie didn’t have such great furniture already in her room.

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