Sometimes I have wondered if I should just set up a little stand right outside the dump where I could look over the contents of trucks entering and save a few old beauties before they finish their last ride. The Mr. and I were at a local thrift store a while back and found, and walked away from, a vintage dresser many times. It seemed a bit over priced considering the top was totally warped and separated from the frame a good inch in both the front and the back. Now replacing a top does not always throw us off, but this was a Waterfall style. Rebuilding that kind of curve could take some time and skills. It didn't help that the mirror obviously didn't go with it and the veneer was covered, interestingly enough, in a sheet of cork glued down. But as I looked more closely at the body of this baby it wasn't too bad, a few chips out of drawer veneers, normal scratches for it's age, pretty carved wood detailing, and all original hardware intact. The manager saw us and told us it had been there for a while and she was about ready to send it on to the dump. We made an offer, and she countered with a lower offer when we said we'd give her the mirror to sell separately. And we left determined to figure out what to do with that top!
Here is what it looked like after stripping off the cork and two layers of veneer.
I opted to use a technique my friend Deb from Lake Girl Paints has shown in tutorials on her blog. Deb is a brilliant, and generous, artist who has used this technique on a lot of her pieces and shows step by step the process she uses. Please go visit her site and check out her projects where she shows you exactly how to use this on your own projects. Deb Hrabik is AMAZING!
Have a super week everyone!