(Dresser) going green…

Found a handsome 6-drawer wooden dresser on a yard/estate-sale outing with some girlfriends (and thank you both for helping me load it in my wonder wagon!). Set out, over the course of a few trips to the parent’s house, to fix it up…

Dresser ~ BEFORE

Gadora recycled the dresser’s original handles on this 3-table set and—because their “crackle” response was so great—gave this dresser a new “crackle” green face. Not as decipherable as the Lane Acclaim markings, the ‘internets’ claim K. Wee and Co. was established in 1966.  Anyone care to take a stab at the manufacture date? Below (right); entire surface received a solid sanding, both belt sander and by hand, before first paint application.

Tag and side.

Each hole, 16 in all, was filled and sanded allowing a fresh start for new handles. Having had a run-in with a mangled can of latex paint, Gadora re-purposed a plastic coffee can to provide easy access for the remainder.

Drawers and paint can alternative.

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Slipper chairs for the boudoir…

My BFF recently added a simply lovely four-poster bed from Four Hands in her master suite. There’s ample space for a seating area in her expansive room, Gadora proposes, and inquired, “How do you feel about slipper chairs?” She likes. Scoured the internets yesterday looking for both inspiration, and an affordable option, so I might present several for The BFF to consider…

Suzie Page on Apartment Therapy
Suzie Page on Apartment Therapy

Late yesterday Apartment Therapy posted a house tour by Austin’s own Adrienne Breaux and it is LOVELY. While the wall color is stunning, it is the pairing of the room’s two feminine chairs that caught my eye. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a slipper chair as “an armless upholstered chair with short legs. Originally used in the bedroom, slipper chairs are now used as accent seating in living rooms, family rooms and even offices.”

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Gadora’s TO-DO list…

Lest you think the Animal Print business has kept Gadora from scouring the streets of Austin for goodies, think again folks! While I’m happily, superbly, unbelievably busy with the Animal Prints (DAILYCANDY you ARE totally my new BFF), I have one eye on the workshop with its growing reminder of things wanting attention…

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Remember that “tie-one-on” post? Let me refresh you… and as luck would have it, some nice folks placed this chair on their sidewalk just for Gadora!!! I’m gathering my ties, all in a similar color scheme, and plan to pick my seat (teehee), then make it happen.

Seatless Chair
Seatless Chair

Found two killer lamps (not even needing restringing) at an estate sale. Unfortunately, the family of 27 children who hit the sale moments prior to my arrival liked this lamp too, and tore into the shade. No worries people, Gadora and her muse have some CLEAR plans for this one!

Retro Lamp
Retro Lamp

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A framed dresser and one nightstand…

Gadora fell in love with this dresser and one nightstand early this summer. I immediately loved the clean facade, devoid of fussy handles. The carved wooden frame around the dresser becomes its drawer pulls.

Vertical dresser - BEFORE
Vertical dresser - BEFORE

The perfect height, I found myself petting along the lines of the dresser as I removed each shiny layer from years of wear. I would apply the Methyl Ethyl, removing it carefully, belt sand their surfaces (with a lil help from Dad) and hand sand them too.

The pair stripped...
The pair stripped...

Gadora shuffled the two about the garage, away from other more-pressing projects, and finally applied the top coat of Oak-enhancing stain. It would be nine months before I would  have the pair complete.

StripeThe vertical dresser holds surprises: a shallow top drawer, a deeply divided second drawer and a pristine concealed bottom-drawer cedar chest.

Dressing for success
Dressing for success

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Dresser - AFTER
Dresser - AFTER

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Dresser - AFTER
Dresser - AFTER

The final finish is deep matte and oak in color. I envision the two sitting in an eclectic-modern and sparsely decorated space. The dresser would be paired with a round mirror, free from frame. Like an exclamation point, of sorts, resting just above on the wall. The one nightstand would be at arms reach from the bed.

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* Gadora has yet to discover their maker. Neither the dresser nor the one nightstand have a name between them.

Nightstand - AFTER
Nightstand - AFTER

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Snap. Crackle. Now they Pop!

Gadora was asked to find three tables for a living room. A sofa table, side table and a coffee table, nothing too dainty. They would need an old world feel of gold and brown when finished. After 4 days of scouring Craigslist, hitting garage sales and resale shops looking for items I could mix together, Gadora happily settled on these three…

Three Pine Tables
Three Pine Tables

I gave myself 5 hours to finish all three pieces…

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