This was the instigating dresser!
Something I found many years back and gave to a great niece. When she outgrew it, I traded with her for a bigger dresser. I forgot just how cool this one was but—I really didn’t need another dresser! What I needed was A Bookcase!
–Parts of her were rough and needed repair, especially a back leg. But in making the repairs, I learned how it was originally made, and can recreate parts of the design in some future projects! –Serendipity– !?
I found this decorative “header” in Atlanta. The story was that “they” were moving this grand sideboard-buffet in the back of a pickup on the highway–and didn’t secure it good enough. Yep—it fell off, got run over by a bunch of vehicles and was destroyed—except for this header piece. And I knew I could do something with it!
This was one good-sized window rosette bought in a ReStore.
I bought 2 each of 2 designs thinking they were interesting—& “I could do something with them!”
They were too wide, but this design had a natural center–so I cut it in half. A great size now, with a natural left & right side!
Here’s the carcass.
The back leg now repaired, and the doors finished and installed, with the chosen hardware.
I still haven’t decided on the lower back panel—more tongue & groove boards like the top, a solid wallpapered panel–?
Since the dresser was already painted,
and it’s such a big piece–I decided to stick with a “white’ish” color, using Farrow & Ball’s Clunch, and “age” it with an over-glaze. Even with the top shelf missing in the hutch, can’t you just see all the storage potential?!
A real workhorse!
36″w x 7’11″h