Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chateau Gray Dresser


This vintage dresser is one of my favorite curbside finds.


While I was visiting my sister in Southern California, we were, as usual, out yard saling, when we spotted this vintage dresser at the end of a driveway with this sign posted on it.  I mean, I would have paid $15 for this beauty at a yard sale and here I was picking it up for free! 


It was in pretty good shape when I found it, besides the missing hardware.  My biggest concern was being able to replace the hardware since that can get pricey, especially when there are 18 places drilled in the dresser where hardware used to be. 


I decided to simplify and, so I patched all the previous hardware holes with wood putty before painting.  

While I was helping a customer decide on a Chalk Paint color for her newly purchased armoire, we painted a sample board with Chateau Gray and then applied dark wax.  I loved how the Chateau Gray looked with dark wax over it, so I decided to try it on this dresser.  Chateau Gray seems to be a misnomer because it is truly a shade of green.  I think it is close to the popular decorator color a few years back called sage green.


I was not sure what hardware I wanted for this piece, so I patched all the holes, figuring I could redrill them later, once I picked which hardware I wanted.  This dresser sure looked plain without any knobs.  


I decided I wanted oil rubbed bronze bin pulls for this dresser.  I went to Home Depot to check out the prices and  there was no way I was paying $5.99 per bin pull on a dresser I got for free.  I originally planned on putting two pulls per drawer, so that would have been over seventy dollars plus tax.  I searched on Ebay and found these lovely, oil rubbed bronze bin pulls for only two dollars a piece.


After I got the bin pulls in the mail, I had Nancy hold them up on the drawers and we decided the dresser looked better with just one pull in the center of each drawer. 


I have to give credit to Mr. Rubbish, whose excellent math and spatial skills came in handy, for locating and drilling the two holes required for each bin pull to line up exactly centered on each drawer.


This dresser sold at Loot this past weekend after being at the shop for less than a week.  Not bad for a roadside find!


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14 comments:

Deborah said...

Amanda!
This is so pretty...look at the way you've brought new life to it!
I love the colour and the pulls.
Ive always loved sage green too.
You never seize to astound me.
Love this! Great find too..

Deborah xo

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I love the color you used....I'm gonna pull away from my blue gray fave and give this a try. Love the pulls you chose too...what a difference!

helle said...

Fine job you did on the dresser!

Helle:--

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Wow this is yet another wonderful transformation :) I love the color very nice!

The Burtons said...

Beautiful! One of my favorite of your projects. It turned out amazing.

A Cottage Muse said...

Beautiful Cinderella moment for that piece ~ you did a great job!

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