In all my furniture hunting, I have not seen a piece with that geometric detailing down the drawer fronts. When I saw it on the Facebook marketplace, I just had to get my hands on it!
Now I have a rather strict price-to-distance ratio where I am more willing to buy a piece if the pick-up is local. This hit my price point just fine but was waaaay outside of my usual driving radius. I decided to reach out to the seller anyway only to find out there was already a lot of interest (I figured as much) so I was ready to let it go and keep hunting. A few weeks before the holidays I ran across the listing again. It turns out the seller was preoccupied with selling a house and hadn't locked in a buyer yet. I blew on my fingers, rubbed my hands together, and went to work...
Despite her slow response rate, my persistence paid off and paid off big! Turns out it was already loaded in the family van and her husband was going to be traveling my way for work. Score! Over a month of begging the seller for updates while weighing the logistics of driving deep into Maryland and her husband literally dropped it off at my garage door at no extra expense!
Once I had it in the workshop, I realized I had to do some serious repairs to the veneer on the sides - repairs which I could not mask without the help of paint. And so I turned to my new favorite "Black Boudoir" by Behr Paint.
But I wanted to save as much of the wood grain as possible (just look at it!!!) so I settled on a two-tone look:
While he was dropping it off, the husband told me it was his mother's dresser. I tried to do her justice by bringing it back to life.
The original knobs got a quick refresh.
The exposed wood on the drawer front got some serious conditioning.
Because of the repaired damage, the top, sides, and geometric detailing got a coat of paint and sealed in a wax which I buffed to a satiny sheen.
For styling, I decided to play with faces - literally. I hung a few of my favorite Matisse portraits above an offset it with my new favorite home décor accessory: a Jonathan Adler-esque Dora Maar-inspired vase.
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36"W x 18"D x 42"H
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