Welcome to Day 17 of my 31 Day Series, Building Character. One of the easiest ways to give a space a unique personality is by bringing in a unique piece of furniture.
Not only is thrifting an economical option for me but, it's the best way to find unique pieces. I found this dresser at the Goodwill for $12. The finish wasn't very attractive but I loved the shape of it and the feet. Here is what it looked like when I brought it home...
***Tip: Furniture that has feet or legs works the best in a small room. It takes up less visual space and makes the space to appear larger.***
$12 is an unbelievable buy even in a thrift shop. The drawers worked perfectly and aside from a few chips (which I like because it adds to the character) I could not figure out why this solid wood, vintage, brand name piece was so cheap.
Well, once I got it home and brought it inside my "furniture studio" I figured it out.
It smelled! It smelled like an old ashtray. I wasn't willing to give up on it. It was perfect for my dining room. So, I removed the drawers and sprayed the inside of the dresser and the insides of the drawers with spray primer. Not only did it completely eliminate the smell, but it looks great!
After I got rid of the smell, I gave it the Potterybarn Black Finish Treatment from my video tutorial.
If you haven't seen it, here it is:
(You can click on the frame to view it larger)
I went easy on the distressing on this piece. It was going into my formal dining room so I wanted it to look more formal than my usual pieces.
I use the drawers for business papers and supplies. This room is actually my double duty office space and formal dining room. You could use the drawers in your dining room for entertaining supplies, silverware, table linens and even plates or serving pieces. It never ceases to amaze me how bringing a dresser into any room amps up it's character.
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