Monday, June 2, 2014

The Best Thrift Store Furniture Find Ever!

Several weeks ago I found this REALLY great vintage dresser at the thrift store. It's heavy, solid wood, dovetail know, the kind of furniture that you don't stumble upon at thrift stores very often. In fact, I was so excited when I spotted it that my four year old son, Anderson, had to say to me "just calm down, ok?" :) 

Saturday morning, I posted the dresser and my painting plans on Facebook. I got several comments saying I should leave it as is and not cover the beautiful wood. If I was keeping this piece, I would have totally put some glass knobs on it and called it good. But, this piece was for my booth and the reality is I have a very hard time selling unpainted pieces. Also, despite how the dresser looks in the picture, it wasn't perfect. There were dark rings and warping on the top, paint spots on several areas and other imperfections. 

Either way I was going to have to sand the entire piece down and refinish it or paint over the problem areas. At the end of the day, I chose to paint it and I'm ok with that decision. I think it turned out so beautiful. 

And, as an added bonus, the piece sold before it even made it to my booth! 

Because of the dark rings on the top, I had to sand it down and restain it using Minwax Provincial Stain. 

I painted the rest using General Finishes Milk Paint in Seagull Gray!!! Have I mentioned that I am seriously in love with this paint?!? 

The globe, clock, and antique books are all recent thrift/estate sale finds! 

I found these Target Threshold knobs brand new in the package at Goodwill. The white contrasts so nicely with the pale gray!

Anderson insisted they were mint candies. 

I lightly distressed all the edges and sealed it all with two coats of hemp oil.


What do you all think? 

I'm linking to the parties listed HERE and to:


  1. Love, love, love Melissa! Fantastic job! I think painting it was the way to go.

  2. Great job! Like it very much.

  3. This came out SO good! And I am loving Anderson's comment!!!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  4. Gotta say...I love Anderson's comment :) I think it looks the color that you used. Thanks so much for sharing it at my Show and Share party.


  5. What a stunning dresser! I like how the top was left wooden and the base was painted, it really gives it a lot of charm and character. Great job :)

  6. That's a darling size chest of drawers. I think you gave it a wonderful updated look with your paint redo...not surprised it sold so quickly.
    Mary Alice

  7. It's beautiful! I totally get having to paint it -- I have a booth as well and can rarely sell items that aren't painted! Found you via Inspire Me Please linky party! :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  8. Featuring this later today Melissa at Sundays at Home! Thanks for linking up!

  9. I adore your dresser! It turned out fab Melissa! Thanx for partying at my place.

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