She had me at HELLO!



I did not need a dresser, nor did I need another project, but just look at it! How could I pass this up?

Actually, it started out like this below. Yes, the paint was peeling and a knob would not stay in and the back decorative piece was missing...but

They said that it was a family piece that came from England and it's solid pine. I loved the lines, I loved the feet, I loved the size and I knew what it could be!

After peeling off the paint in large sheets, I plugged the hole for the glass knob that would not stay put with a large dowel and then redrilled a smaller hole. These knobs are so unique. They are large glass one-piece knobs made with a large screw design on the back. I had never seen these before and wondered if they are original. I think they are and I will tell you more about that at the end of this post. Here is a set that I pulled off the Internet to show you what I am talking about.
After deciding on the colors of Annie Sloan Old White Chalk paint and a homemade version of their French Linen, I let her beauty shine...
I also wanted to dress up the drawers and at the top with a bit of detail, so I free-hand painted this design...
Here is a close up
I then decoupaged the inside drawer bottoms with vintage gray colored sheet music...
So, at this point, a week later, I was desperate and I was bold enough to go back to the house where I bought it...at a garage sale and asked again if they were able to locate the missing back piece. They decided that they threw it away years ago! WHAT! I didn't have a clue as to what it would have looked like. How sad. Then one evening while in the living room watching TV, I looked up and saw this...
Do you see what I was looking at? Not the wreath or deer head, but the vintage wood piece above the door that I have had for YEARS! It looked like it might fit, so I took it down and guess what?...
It fit...
I dry brushed a bit of gray on it and attached it to make the dresser complete!

Now here is the rest of the story...
I was at a store looking though the magazines when one called French Style caught my eye. I looked though it and was shocked at what I saw...
A dresser very much like mine but with missing legs and that top decorative piece...
But the same knobs...
That's when I knew that the knobs on my dresser were the original!
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  1. What a great story Terry. I can't believe the decorative back you had hanging on your wall fit that piece perfectly - it looks like it's always been there. I love your handpainted detail - so pretty! One of my favorite ASCP color combos is Old White and French Linen - they were just made for each other :) I bet this piece means even more knowing it's history. Beautiful job!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  2. I would have bought it too ... it looks wonderful now that you've rehabbed it ! Visiting from WhatsitWednesday

  3. What a great idea to recycle that decorative back you already had! I've passed on several pieces that had the funky ledge at the back where the original mirror fit...now I know there's a way to solve that problem.

    And you painted that design freehand? Wow!!! Simply amazing. And those knobs...I'm still swooning!

    Beth@ Mary Beth's Place

  4. Terry, what a great transformation. I love those knobs and how lucky to have a piece that just fits. Beautiful piece now. Cathy

  5. Gorgeous! I love the music paper you used as drawer liner!

  6. Great post, wonderful project. So glad you shared.

  7. Terry,
    What a beautiful makeover...looks outstanding!


  8. What a wonderful transformation! That's a charming little dresser now!

  9. I love the detail that you added...not sure I would have had the patience for all that :/ Turned out gorgeous and glad you found the back :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Hi again Terry, just wanted to let you know that I'm featuring your gorgeous dresser at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party this weekend.
    The Interior Frugalista

  11. Great finish, love the whole story and wow on a top back piece that fit so well. Lovely.

  12. Another knock-out piece Terry! I can't believe how perfect that carved piece is for it. Those knobs are stunning! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!



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