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. In making the repairs–I learned how it was originally made, and can now recreate parts of its design in some future projects! –hmmm, 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. Y e p—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!
Now this piece was one good-sized window rosette bought at the ReStore.
I bought 2 each of 2 designs thinking they were interesting and “I could do something with them!”
They were too wide, but this design/this one 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 is now repaired,
the doors finished and installed, and the hardware chosen.
I still haven’t decided on the lower back panel—more tongue & groove boards like the top, a solid wallpapered panel–??–I don’t know.
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