I know most furniture refinishers probably get on Craigslist weekly, if not daily. I don’t. Not because I don’t love Craigslist, but because I don’t have a garage or space to store much beyond what I’m working on at any given moment.
For a while there, every time I got on there and looked around, I found something I wanted. Lately though, the selection seems to have dried up significantly. And by that I mean there are still lots of dealers selling pricey things, but not so many owners getting rid of pieces cheaply that need work.
I did look at a cherry dresser and mirror one day a few weeks ago, but the thing was so long, I knew it would take up too much space and be a monster to transport. The owner was selling it for $20, which was amazing. He told me he had another buyer, so he was fine with me passing on it. I saw it again on Craigslist three days later for $200. Hmm.
Instead, I got this dresser from a couple in Charlotte. My camera’s not drunk – I must’ve forgotten to switch back to auto focus!
It wasn’t a bad piece to look at, but I knew the back was flimsy and needed to be screwed and glued back in to the base at the bottom. And the drawers weren’t dovetailed, of course, but since I’d driven all the way up to Charlotte and had already wasted part of my afternoon looking at the cherry dresser, I felt like I had to take this. After I began working on it, I was pretty sure I should have passed.
Here’s what I found on the inside. Not quality construction, not by a longshot.
Maybe I don’t need to be a stickler for dovetailed drawers, but at least you know when you buy something with dovetails, it’s going to be pretty solid everywhere else.
Nevertheless, it’s better off for having met me, right? Maybe not the best use of my time, but oh well. I LEARNED something – how important it is to be sure I can get enough out of a piece to compensate for my efforts!
So here it is, in MMS French Enamel. LOVE this color! My new favorite blue. Goes well in my living room, too. I have to find something I can paint in that color for myself.
That’s a MMS Boxwood/Grain Sack combo on the drawers, for a little contrast. I’m imagining it for a boy’s room – it’ll be a bargain for someone! Onward and upward!
Upcycled Antiques –