Thursday, June 13, 2013

Green Rustic Dresser

 Love this little green rustic dresser!


This one came my way a few months ago while hanging out with Megan and Ryan in downtown Baltimore. We were walking to dinner when we came upon her just sitting there on the sidewalk.


No question about it, she was available! I momentarily thought about picking her up on the way back from dinner, but Ryan was sure she would be gone. Sidewalk finds in his neighborhood get snapped up quickly. And I mean seriously, who could resist that lovely pink over blue crackle finish. And she was FREE!


So the boys just picked her up and we headed back to the car. Besides a bit of my finger, this photo also includes a shot of the Domino Sugars sign - an iconic landmark in Baltimore. One day I'll have to share the views of the harbor from Ryan's rooftop deck - they are simply amazing!


 And this is why I'll never be able to drive a regular car. You just never know what you'll find along the way! ... In my dreams I'll one day have a vintage pickup truck. It will be blue of course and say Elizabeth & Co. Vintage on the door. It will be sooo cute!


But enough daydreaming, let's get back to back to the dresser. .. This was one of those pieces where you just know you have no choice but to embrace her rustic goodness.


I sanded just enough to smooth the rough edges and scrubbed her clean.

The bottoms of the drawers were replaced. She could be old and rustic, but she still had to be functional.

And we added a little back splash where there originally would have been a mirror sitting.


A cute detail, don't you think?


You can appreciate her rustic goodness from the back.
I seem to have accumulated a collection of bed slats. They have a nice rounded edge and work perfectly for the back splash detail.


The entire piece got a coat of primer. I thought she's had enough of the pink and blue crackle finish.


 The color is a really pretty shade of green from Sherwin Williams called Coastal Plain. It's definitely a deeper shade than is showing in the photos. No need to change the hardware. And don't you love the keyholes?


More rustic goodness.


Here too!


She may not be perfect, but she sure is loaded with charm!


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38 comments:

Laurel Stephens said...

I just can't believe this cute dresser practically reached out and tripped you on your way to dinner. Pretty soon, furniture will put itself in your car!! LOL! I LOVE this green; it's so soft. And those pulls are fantastic. What a great save, Sharon. Way to go!

regan said...

This little dresser is so sweet! And I love the drawer pulls! I think you definitely need to get a little truck like you talked about! That would be so perfect for you! And so cute! :o)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Just beautiful Sharon!!!
I have to giggle at that photo of carrying the dresser down the street - such a familiar thing in my world LOL
Have a great wknd,
Hugs,
Suzan

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

adorable! and what a find- it was meant for you!

One Shabby Old House said...

Life is short, dessert first right! A wonderful find!

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Great find & great job!! Gorgeous...

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Very charming! You really lucked out on having decent hardware, and all intact! It looks great.

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

First of all what a great score! Free! Those knobs alone are worth a lot! Great color choice! I'm glad you said you sanded and primed over the crackle finish,I have a piece that I have been putting off working on because of the crackle finish, now I'm tempted to see if your process will work for me! Also, my ideal truck would be a vintage Jeep Commando, preferably orange (which I don't know why but I love) but green or blue are close runners up! Us girls can dream right ;)

Art and Sand said...

I love that it is not perfect. Many people are obsessed with perfection, but I like this piece, warts and all, and that you rescued and revived it.

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

She is a jewel .. and Free 90 Free ----- Cant beet that .. love it girl

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh my she is FULL OF CHARM!!! I so wish that the free chest that I got today looked as good as yours.

Blessings,
Linda

Danielle said...

Love the color and hardware. So pretty!

cindy the cottage chick said...

Ooooo you lucky dog! What a pretty piece :) Definitely better in the pale green!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

What a great find and a lovely colour. That is a great tip about the piece of wood to fill the mirror space. I have a $30 garage sale dresser that I was kicking myself for buying because it was missing the mirror and I didn't notice a severely chipped leg. Thanks for sharing because I can shorten the legs and now have a solution for the top too. I also dream of the blue truck for picking and a growing business lol. My teens know of my dreams and every time we pass a vintage truck they say 'mom, there's your truck!"

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

Very cute! I would have snapped that baby up too!

Jenna LaFevor said...

Embrace the rustic-ness! Awesome find! Nothing tops free! The backsplash idea is brilliant - I would have never thought of that!
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Laurie said...

I love it Sharon, I hope one day you do have your little truck! Especially the way you stumble across the perfect pieces!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You made her just perfect and I love the drawer pulls!

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

She looks happy now! Great job Sharon, as always.

Debbie

Chris at Red Gate Farm said...

Beautiful job! And I can't believe this little lady was free!!! Those handles alone are worth some good $$!

I used to have a toyota 4runner... perhaps this is why my husband wanted to get a little honda civic when we replaced it... hmmm and I just thought he wanted to save on gas...
~Chris

NanaDiana said...

I really like it, Sharon. I love that you junk picked that baby. The green is a really pretty color! xo Diana

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Great find, Sharon!! :) It looks beautiful.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Great save, Sharon.

Hetty said...

What a beauty Sharon, I think you choose the perfect shade, love it!

Chrissie said...
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Chrissie said...

Great find and what a nice price! Beautiful makeover :)

Angela Ryder said...

What a glorious find!!! I seriously think I need to get a bigger car!~~Angela

Ali Richardson said...

Nice save! Beautiful! Love those key holes and the color is perfect :)

Katie said...

What an amazing find Sharon!! Those keyholes are just adorable! It looks great in its new coat of green!

Good Time Charlie said...

Everything about this piece is fun! Love the story, love the color, love the back of it! I love the idea of the vintage pick up truck too. I should do that do my crummy old van. Maybe it would make it look cooler.....

The Painted Chair said...

I just had to comment I too can never have a small car and dream of a blue vintage truck

Megan @ Homemade Ginger said...

oh my goodness, so cute! I can't believe it was free!!

Gail Wilson said...

FREE? and you had to think about after dinner? whoa! so happy they toted it off to the car so quickly. What a shame to have lost this beaut!

vintage truck? on my--I want ONE! with my winky smile girl on the door! I NEED a truck.
anyway, great job on the dresser, love the back splash, and the color!
gail

Kim M said...

SO sweet, I just love this piece~ the keyholes and hardware are so charming! I clearly live in the wrong neighborhood, nobody ever throws stuff like this away!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

What a beautiful piece you created Sharon! I love the colour...it is perfect! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

Dear Emmeline said...

great score! looks lovely.

Brooke Larsen said...

OH WOW FREE is always best!! Dresser turned out stunning!!! I would love for you to come link up at my Paint Party going on now! Hope to see you there!!
http://startathome.blogspot.com/2013/06/paint-party.html
Brooke

{northern cottage} said...

mmmm - seriously yummY! so handy that you had 'carriers' with you! SCORE!!