Sunday, August 4, 2013
She's A Mighty Fine Dresser
I spied her hiding behind a trailer across the field at the Springfield Flea Market one Saturday morning and knew she was the girl for me. Read Fleaing Springfield here.
I timidly asked the price - this guy had really great pieces with high-dollar prices. The dresser did not have a price.
He threw out a number which caused shock to register on my face. He misread the look and said, "Honey, now you are supposed to offer me less to see if I will take it."
He did not know I was astounded by the cheap price he gave me, but eager to play his game, I came back at twenty dollars cheaper. He looked me over and said it was a deal IF I would buy a few more items.
And I did!
The dresser was super sturdy with a beautiful curved front. I could tell she was solid oak underneath with no damaged parts. The original knobs were replaced, but the replacements fit her.
It was foggy the morning I dragged her from the truck to decide what to do with her. She was covered in ancient grime.
After a good scrubbing inside and out, she brightened up and I could see layers of different whites.
Going with my recent trend to just distress the pieces I find, a decision was made.
She was a mighty fine dresser as she was!
She kicked up her heels at being sanded with the hand sander.
She was deodorized with white vinegar.
She was washed again.
Then sanded with a fine sanding block.
How nice is it to freshen up a dresser and not have to repair or reset the drawers?
Again just wash and sand.
Oh, look! It is the SUN!
A close up of her distressed layers peeking through the layers of white.
She received a coat of clear Minwax for a soft gleam.
She is so fine just sitting in the driveway. Imagine her sitting in your house.
I took her over to Riverfront Antique Mall and she is waiting patiently in my booth for a new home.
Now most of you know I had surgery on my shoulder and finger last week so I actually finished the mighty fine dresser a couple of weeks ago. I did not lift anything or sand anything or wax anything the last ten days.
Yes, I am itching to do something besides exercise and stretch.
I did drive for the first time on Saturday.
Where did I go?