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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  In making the repairs–I learned how it was originally made, and can now recreate parts of its design in some future projects!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– !?

https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/i-had-a-dresser-but-i-needed-a-bookcase/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!

https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/i-had-a-dresser-but-i-needed-a-bookcase/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!

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Here’s the carcass.

Dresser gutted, repaired, the interior re-fitted with old pine boards, and the shelf installed.  Hutch top roughed out, header attached.  Doors are next, and I’ve made a decision on the hardware!https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/i-had-a-dresser-but-i-needed-a-bookcase/

The back leg is now repaired,

the doors finished and installed, and the hardware chosen.

The doors are inset with 3/8″ brass chicken wire found at a ReStore for $7.50!  I was going to order it from one of my designer catalogs– same piece $89.  Visit your local ReStoresand donate too!

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.

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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

Catherine


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