Do you ever have one of those moments where your jaw drops and you are amazed how a certain event in life could have happened? I mean, you think, “what are the chances…?” I had one of those in my past with a bedroom set that left me giddy.
Today and for the rest of this month every Tuesday, my Trash to Treasure girlfriends and I are digging into the archives for some makeover goodness for you. Check out the end of this post for their projects, and you can see last week’s makeover here
The story begins… A certain couple was selling off several pieces of furniture, 5 to be exact, for $20 a piece…a piece
! One was a Broyhill Brasilia credenza
, and a few other chests of drawers. You just can’t beat Craigslist for being able to peruse furniture & other goodies right in front of your eyes in the comfort of your own home. I love finding a steal. Let’s face it, it’s an online treasure hunt.
So, of course I bought them all. (ahem) I’m not exactly sure they were all a perfect fit, but most had awesome potential! Included in this lot was an antique cherry vanity that just needed a little love.
My favorite feature is the mirror that is mounted on a rail that adjusts to suit your sitting height. This vanity sat in my garage for a couple of months until that jaw-dropping moment came.
I stopped by a local garage sale on my way home with 5 kids in tow (see, I told you this was from the archives…I now have 6!) You know how it goes, I wasn’t really planning to stop, and there they were, a matching chest of drawers and dresser with mirror!! EEK! I couldn’t believe my eyes and tried not to look too obvious, but they were for a ridiculous price and I quickly made the purchase before anyone could beat me.
Here they are reunited at last!
You just don’t find solid, heavy, sets like this anymore. Dove-tailed drawers, solid throughout, and nearly complete…only missing 1 pull. Missing the one pull drove me nuts because, well, it’s just one!! I scoured the internet and local stores trying to find a match, but to no avail. sigh.
All the original labels present, with coordinating stamps…aaah, the stories! I researched the manufacturer, Youngsville Star Mfg. Co., based in Pennsylvania. Their main choice of wood was cherry, and at one point even were requested to make a custom set for General MacArthur at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
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This set was just asking to have that cherry surface refinished, so I grabbed my favorite sander and went to town.
Isn’t it gorgeous!? Although I paint most of my pieces, I really am a sucker for wood.
Question: Why, oh why do people line drawers with contact paper? I’ll never know. Check out the rockin’ polka dots.
The confetti print actually grew on me, but it had to go. So, with the help of my little guy, who had a blast yanking it out, we brought the drawers back to normal. Seriously, my kids are gleaning so much from just helping with the smallest task.
TIP: If you have sticky drawers after pulling out contact paper, just use household rubbing alcohol and wipe them down. Done!
He even helped me remove the pulls, with a chubby screwdriver ALL BY HIMSELF! Love that tow-head.
I used a seconds paint from Home Depot that look like a creamy buttery yellow. I really wanted to a primitive flair, so I added some hand-painted features, and distressed the whole set for a time-worn wear appeal.
Here it is…all finished and together again.
What better to compliment the buttery color than espresso, that deep, rich color that is so pleasing to look at. I used an espresso stain
on top, like I did on this Art Deco dressing table
, and espresso paint on the pulls with some distressing, of course.
I replaced that one missing pull with two antique glass pulls to add a touch more femininity.
I decided to pair the vanity with a Duncan Phyfe chair from my stash, and added a new upholstered seat.
I had fun reuniting this bedroom set and am happy to say it is now living with the new owners that purchase it from my shop
. A happy ending is always the best way to end, though my furniture adventures will continue. tee hee.
Stop by later in the week to see how this jewelry armoire is brought back to life with some TLC.
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Now, you’re invited to take a look at what these lovely ladies have pulled out the archives for you today:
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