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!