Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Peacock Empire Dresser.... My All-Time Favorite!

A few weeks ago I was stoked to find a couple of antique dressers right here in my small town on craigslist.  They both needed drawer repairs.  One was missing the back of a drawer, and the other had a front that needed to be sanded down and reattached.  But they were local which made things really easy... I called the seller and we arranged pick up, and he gave me his address.  I got off the phone and realized that it was the address of a house we looked at  when we were house hunting.  We had both loved the house, the layout, the history and charm.... but it was right on budget and needed some major love.  With two kids we didn't think we could live there and take a long time with the work like we would need so we passed.  After we bought this house, the price on that one dropped 100k.  Anyhow, when I arrived to pick up the dressers, a nice young man opened the door and we quickly started chatting about the house and I told him we had looked at it and what a great deal he got!  He said that when he was on his way to look at it, the price was reduced another 35k... WOW!  He got a steal!!!  I was happy for him though, and I am happy we ended up where we did, or we may not have ever crossed paths with the neighbors we have now.  Everything certainly has a way of always working itself out.

But I have to admit I was jealous when he told me that these dressers were left behind in the attic.... What?  You got a deal AND the house came with free furniture!?!?  Ok, now you've got me!  ;)  Really though, they needed love and that's why they were left behind.  Today I am going to share with you the first one, which is now my all time favorite, I do believe.  And tomorrow you can come back to catch the other one.

Here is the before of the first one.... as it sat on my porch on a very damp day, and I waited for the fog to lift so I could work on it.... and the fog never lifted that day!  Anyhow, here it is....

I only lightly sanded it because I planned to use milk paint and I really want the milk paint to do its thang.  I gave it two coats of Peacock from the real Milk Paint Company.  Now, I was amazed at how light this ended up because it is the same color I used on my sideboard.


On this piece, it turned out much lighter.  I gave it two coats, sanded it all over, and then waxed it.  After the wax dried, it still felt rather chalky to me, so I decided to use a polycrylic over it for a more durable finish.  I added glass knobs and here is the end result....  Oh, and it is FUH-reezing, so I took these photos as fast as I could, thus in front of the garage.  You will have to see beyond the garage door please. :) Same deal goes for tomorrow's reveal.







I am totally smitten with the color and finish on this one!   It will be available at February's barn sale, along with the dresser I am showing tomorrow.  Come back and see!  Have a happy Tuesday!  We are headed to Sarah's today for some brainstorming some ideas for our business, and time for the kids to play.  And when I return home, I plan to light a fire as the high today is 19 degrees.  Cozy up!

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64 comments:

uniquelyyoursormine.com said...

Oh Cassie, it's just beautiful! I love how the finish turned out... I didn't know you could apply poly over wax! - Susan

The Far Fifty said...

What a cool looking finish on that one! Perfect with the glass knobs. My house didn't come with anything free except the "adult magazine" from 1982 we found on top of the duct work in the basement. Dressers are way better.

Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

Oh my gosh hats gorgeous!!! If I lived closer I would have to take that off your hands. What a great find and interesting story!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Cassie can't believe someone just left those behind! Hard for a lot of folks to see beyond the minor repairs and onto all the potential but you're smart like that. It has great lines and curves, love the distressing. VERY cold today here too!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Such a beautiful finish and hardware, Cassie!! Fabulous job as ever, but this one is definitely special!

Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Beautiful piece! You rock

Andrea said...

The color is beautiful and I love the imperfections. Bummer about the house, but you're right, things happen for a reason. You have made your house in the loveliest home for your sweet family!

Allison@FabRehab said...

Gorgeous as usual!! You know I love a time worn finish! Bravo! PS. The high here today... -3. *sob*

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a beauty, Cassie! :) I loved the story that goes along with it. Megan

Mindy said...

First, I wish I lived near you to come to your barn sale.
Second, you inspire me to want to try this myself.
Third, I can't, though, because I'm scared I will ruin a piece of furniture that I've paid for and I really have no idea how to start.

BEAUTIFUL!!!

Stacey said...

Oh Cassie! I think it is a favorite of mine, too. It is simply gorgeous! I just love it. In my mind, I bought it :o)
I may have to try to replicate it...any tips? Have to get my hands on that milk paint!
Stacey of Embracing Change

decorumdiyer said...

You really did a wonderful job. What I love most is the story behind this project. Isn't it funny how things just work out sometimes? Beautiful dresser.

Twice Nice said...

Love all the color variations on your dresser! Gorgeous!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

It's beautiful! I see why it is one of your favorites. It's pretty cold here today as well.

vintageshabbychicks said...

Oh Cassie...get me a kleenex cuz I'm DROOLING all over the place!! This is absolutely perfect in every way:)

Feral Turtle said...

What a beautiful dresser! Sorry for the house deal. Sounds like he got one heck of a deal! Anyways, I love what you did with the dresser! Gorgeous!

Bliss said...

Ok, I admit I like the dresser too, but the sideboard, ohhhhhh the sideboard.

Bliss

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

This turned out beautifully!! I love the shape of that dresser! So cute!!

Do you have a shop that you sell all of your furniture in?

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

Nevermind, I just answered my own question by clicking on your "About Me" page! I thought you had a shop, but I couldn't remember!!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I am totally smitten, too!

Rita said...

Gorgeous!

pam {simple details} said...

Ooooh, love that sparkly hardware paired with rustic goodness ~ perfect!

The Refeathered Roost said...

I ADORE that piece....the color is right up my "love it" alley. Wonderful job!
melinda

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love this dresser style and the finish is beautiful!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Pam hit it! The knobs are more than fab and have made the piece. Love it!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

It looks beautiful Cassie. The knobs were a great choice. Stay warm. We hit 0 here today.

Tiffany said...

Love that color..and the knobs!

thistlewoodfarm said...

Cassie,

I LOVE the finish on that dresser! What a beautiful patina! Did you used milk paint? Did you have to use a primer?

Thanks for the inspiration today!

blessings,
karianne

Jeanette deBoer said...

It's gorgeous! I love the finish and the knobs you added. I have an old dresser that I'd like to finish. This is definitely inspiration!

Dana Frieling said...

Okay, really? A 135K price drop?! That's unheard of. Wish one of those would fall into my lap. And, since he got such a deal and the furniture was free, he should have gifted you that fabulous piece. ha! Once again, you worked your magic, friend. It's great!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Blue beauty! That is strange that the color turned out so differently. Maybe they were different wood types and they took the paint differently? Another reason I love CL...you get some really good stories!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is a very cool dresser - love the rustic feel with the sparkly knobs! Poly over wax?

Kelly said...

Wow, cool story! What else does he have in his attic for you? :) That piece is beautiful!

Lisa @ Turning Tables said...

So, so, so pretty! I love it! You are a magician :)

Dear Emmeline said...

I absolutely love this! lol. Josh emialed the guy about these dressers and never got a response. I guess we know why! ;)

madeforaking said...

Cassie, that truly is gorgeous! I love the color, I love the finish! Absolutely beautiful!

madeforaking said...

Cassie, that truly is gorgeous! I love the color, I love the finish! Absolutely beautiful!

17 Perth said...

19 degrees!?? It is bad that I kind of wish we had that?? Hahaha. It is warm here--and I LOVE it--but that is what I call winter! :)

Anyways--that piece of furniture is Gorgeous! The finish on it is perfection my friend. No doubt it won't be available very long.

Ali Richardson said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! It's amazing! I seriously love it so so much :) Ship it to CA!!!!!
XOXO

Allison said...

So pretty. I love the rustic feel with the touch of glam with the sparkly knobs.

Deanne Langford said...

Great story, looks fantastic now!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

SO beautiful Cassie!

Catherine said...

Looks amazing Cassie!! I've been wanting work on some bigger pieces again, but can't seem to find something exactly right. This one is just beautiful!

Lauren said...

I love the way it turned out!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes. Gorgeous.
xo Heidi

amber-wills said...

I love the shape of this dresser! Gorgeous. You did an amazing job!

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

That dresser is so going to sell! The distressed finish looks so good - natural and effortless!

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

That dresser is so going to sell! The distressed finish looks so good - natural and effortless!

Kristen @ Sophia's Decor said...

Gorgeous dresser Cassie! I love this color! It's funny that you were just painting that piece in Lamp Black the same time I was and now I'm painting a dresser that looks just like this one (different color though)!

Stay warm!

Modern Cottage Living said...

Beauti.ful! LOVE the finish and style of the dresser. Fun story about the house too!

Mimi's Vintage Charm said...

beautiful cassie! i have an empire dresser waiting in my garage for me to get to it. love what you did with yours... i'm sure she will be a quick sell.

DecorandtheDog said...

Kind of in love with how this turned out. I need to research milk paint some more!!

Gail Wilson said...

sooo pretty Cassie! The area around where I live--people would never go for a piece like that. They know nothing.
I bet it goes quick!
brrrr it's cold here too!

gail

Good Time Charlie said...

It looks so gorgeous and not only do I love the color but the finish is awesome! Sorry it was so cold taking the pictures!

Restyled Vintage said...

Looks gorgeous and what a cool story about the house...I am intrigued to know the house values in your area if that one dropped $135k, wow! I have heard that some parts of the US are so cheap for what you get they'd make us weep! My friends (NZ'ers) live in The Woodlands near Houston TX and are looking at buying a 'McMansion' for $600k, which is about half the value of their NZ home in a similar 'nice' neighbourhood.

Anyway I am keen to know how the polyacrylic would stick to a waxed finish?

Hope it warms up for you soon, I am actually starting to look forward to it cooling down here for us!

xx Karen

Sarah @ Imperfect Patina said...

I LOVE this dresser!! Great job! And I hear you about it being cold!! Yesterday the HIGH here was -6 with a -33 wind chill : )

Hetty said...

love the original color coming through - great finish Cassie.

Bella said...

Holy moly it's awesome! LOVE the color...funny how it's so much lighter than your sideboard. That certainly worked in your favor girl, I adore it!

Vintage Street Designs said...

Gorgeous!!! LOVE the knobs! :)

Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

oooohhh...so stunning.

That is an Empire design - just like the piece I showed today. Very popular in the mid-1800's. People either love Empire, or hate it. I love it. You did beautiful work on this!

Inspired by you said...

It is official. I am in love with it. Love, love, love the color!

House Crazy in Michigan! said...

This dresser is a stunner...and this is being said by a person who is no even sure yet that they actually like milk paint! But this piece I beautiful. Those glass knobs really make this piece sing.....

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Daena from Bad Rabbit Vintage said...

What a lovely finish! And on an empire piece, too. I'm loving the tip on using poly over wax - that will save me lots of arm pain in the future!

The Golden Sycamore said...

LOVE this piece!! It's absolutely gorgeous! I love the color, the distressing, the lines of the piece itself. Everything! Wonderful job!
Allison