Empire State of Mind . . .
Have you ever had one of those projects that, as soon as you hand over the cash to make the payment, one of the legs falls off? Probably not. This Empire dresser tested us as soon as we took possession and forced us to learn new skills to complete the rebuild; "rebuild" may be an understatement for what we did to it. We hope you enjoy the journey we went through with this piece. We also hope this prevents you from learning some lessons the hard way as we did.
We purchased this Stanley Furniture piece in Lynchburg, VA, where it was stored in a basement. Unfortunately, mid-century modern (MCM) pieces are hard to find at a reasonable price point, even those that need a little bit of love. We ran across several challenges with this piece that made its restoration a bit frustrating at times, but we think it turned out great. More finished pictures are featured at the end of the blog.
Fun fact, Josh interned at Stanley Furniture when he was an undergrad student and has always enjoyed restoring some of their beautiful pieces.
We bought this awesome Drexel dresser from a lady in Winston-Salem, NC. It had been in a storage shed behind her house for a long time, and we were able to provide some much-needed love to it and give it a second life. The Drexel dresser is now being used in our Son Judah's room (Check out this blog post on some of the design elements in Judah's Room).
Kling Blue & Stain dresser
This is a Kling dresser that we purchased in Lynchburg, VA, a few years ago. Due to a lot of change in our personal lives (starting new jobs, moving to North Carolina), we just now got around to refinishing this beautiful piece. This dresser is one that brings up the adage, "they don't make them like they used to." The dresser is solid cherry, making it extremely durable and a piece that can be handed down from generation to generation.
Dixie Cast Iron Paint Dresser
This is a dresser that we found in Charlottesville, Virginia. We wanted to try a new paint color called Cast Iron by Sherwin Williams, and this dresser was perfect for the test. We absolutely love how the paint and stain compliment each other on this piece. There are more pictures of the finished product at the bottom of this page.
Ebony Stain Tiger Oak Dresser
This was a project dresser from Amherst, Virginia, that we could not pass up. We've always loved Tiger Oak pieces. So when they come available, we try to jump on them. We hope that you enjoy reading our blog. There are more finished pictures at the bottom.
This was an empire style dresser that we found in North Carolina. It needed a lot of work, but we knew that it had some really good bones to work with. We decided to go with a darker paint color to contrast with the beautiful Birdseye maple on the drawers. More finished pictures are at the bottom of this blog!
We have wanted to try to produce a gold-dipped piece of furniture for a while, and this French provincial dresser was the perfect fit. Gold dipping is the perfect way to create a classy look for any room in your house. (Note: more finished pictures can be found at the end of the post).
Also, check out our other gold-dip blog here.
Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.