The Urban Dictionary describes a Birdsong as
When something really awful happens, but it turns into something fantastic!
HuH~ a pretty good description for this whole project. Except let’s just say- awful, ending with pretty good.
I found this dresser on Craigslist and negotiated a $15 sale. With an action-packed schedule, it was a “..hustle to pick it up – check it out later.” I sure was disappointed when I finally got to look it over. Uhgh~ $15 was too much and I should’ve left it there.
*Cannot find my Before picture—it’s already getting worked over here…
It needed a LOT of repair and REbuilding and was disGUSTingly dirty! It still amazes me how people can sell stuff like that and keep a straight face. 1- I take care of my belongings, and 2- pride, decency, and upbringing would never allow it.
I stripped its top
—because I’m just not a BIG fan of painted tops—things like to stick to them. It revealed an interesting veneered top—also in rough shape. I opted to leave it natural and only waxed it (adding a little liming wax later).
Realizing the REsale limitations of this dresser—I was trying to strike a balance between doing right by it and not giving up a lot of my time. Ha-ha.
I chose a paint color scheme and started painting. Of course that didn’t work—it had some awful, inconsistent finish that resisted the paint. I tried to give it a “tooth” by sanding, but—NO. I think it may have been polyurethane’d, even Kilz primer needed 2 coats, but I was finally back to painting—
a Gray frame with white drawers.
I thought it would look clean, simple & classic, but instead, it just looked boring. Moving on to Plan D -or E or F by now- I pulled out a bird stencil to help expedite an idea, loosely moving it around and flipping it over to create a form I liked. I added dimension with some over-painting by hand—
and gave it a light sanding, then clear waxed and lime waxed.
I also switched its hardware to simple wood knobs painted white.
The drawers were the bane of this project with multiple broken drawer boxes to repair ~beginning with undoing and correcting someone’s totally awful trys at repair! This all meant even MORE time spent on this $15 mess.
In the end, there was no choice but to paint the insides too—like 50k times. Yes, even the drawer boxes were still resisting paint- 4 coats in. Arrrgh!
And here’s the perfect ending to this project—
BeaUtiful pre-summer day! So I opened the big overhead door of my work studio (aka- the garage) to let it “air out.” I shifted the many working projects around and staged THIS dresser by the big open door since it was leaving for the antique mall by afternoon.
A bird flew inside and
on its top.
Etching through the wax.
And I thought this would be a fast, easy flip.
There’s probably some deep seated message in here, huh?