A friend of mine tipped me off to a dresser sitting on the side of the road. Yes, really.
Unfortunately I didn’t have time that day to drop everything and go get it… so on the off-chance it might still be there, I drove by on my way to work the next morning. In the darkness of the early morning, I found it, slammed on the brakes and backed up so I could haul this thing off.
Someone should have had a camera.
I mean, can you imagine me lifting this thing by myself and loading it up in the back of my SUV?! Well, it happened. I could barely see what I was doing (at 5:15 am)… but it happened.
A jogger ran past me. I smiled. He didn’t stop to help.
I got it all loaded up and then went about business as normal. But I could not wait to get my hands on a paint brush!
As soon as I saw the piece I knew I wanted to paint it white. Once I started working on it I could tell it had 2 or 3 layers of paint under the current coat of black paint. I knew I also wanted to distress it… but first I had to do some work on it. It needed to be cleaned a bit. Additionally, one of the boards on the top had warped and cracked off. While I couldn’t put it back like it was, I knew this piece was going to look distressed and whom ever wanted this piece wouldn’t mind the board being a bit askew – after all, it would just add character. So I glued/nailed it on and then got to the business of painting.
Once a few layers of white paint were sufficiently in place I added another dimension / layer of color. The green you see was applied with a “white-wash” technique. In this instance, it’s actually “green-washed”. But here’s how it works – I painted the green very lightly over the white and then while the paint was still wet, I “washed” some of it off with a damp cloth. I applied this technique to the drawer fronts, the top and the sides. But I left parts of it just white, to create a visual depth to the piece.
Lastly, I added some stenciled ferns… and then of course, finished it off with a clear wax. I found some fun drawer pulls and and carefully installed them to finish off the piece.
Wouldn’t this make a perfect addition to the outdoor living space? Maybe a potting table? Or a beverage center or buffet table out there?
So, in these pictures you’ll see it as displayed inside The Rustic Sparrow in Escondido, Ca.
It felt good to turn a discarded item into something improved. I absolutely loved this process. Plus, I did my civic duty of helping clean up the neighborhood. You’re welcome…