Jul 10, 2013

Vintage Black Dresser

 This is one of three dressers that I bought all in one weekend in June.  I showed you one already, here.  Not sure if I should admit to this, or not, but we bought this one on the way to church Sunday morning.  I saw it sitting there at a yard sale as we were driving by and I knew that if it was a good price, that it wouldn't be there later on the way back.  I convinced my husband to pull over and as we were looking it over and debating the merits of bringing home another yet another dresser, the lady running the sale offered to lower her price, and of course, that made it irresistible and it ended up in the back of our vehicle.

I used a new Cece Caldwell paint colour, Beckley Coal.  It's a nice shade, black, but not a deep, deep dark black. 

As you can see, there is a lot of variation of colour in this paint.  It had great coverage, too.  This was just one coat of paint.  This dresser is finished simply in the clear wax. 

After I got it all cleaned up and painted  and posted for sale, my husband started thinking about  wanting it.  You see, this dresser is extremely well made and the drawers on it are huge.  And when I say huge I actually mean ginormous.  Seriously... if you were skinny enough, you could probably hide in them.  He was liking all the potential storage they offered.  And since his current dresser wasn't all that big, I agreed to the swap. 

Here it is pre-painting and minus it's drawers.  The other two dressers I bought were hiding behind this one.  It actually came with that round mirror that's peeking through, but since our bedroom is sloped there was no room for that, and personally, I thought it was kind of ugly, I sold it at our yard sale on the weekend. 

The top drawer had this interesting rose detailing on it.  Painting it over and adding a cute graphic certainly crossed my mind, but I ended up leaving it alone. 

I chose to paint it black when I was thinking of resale.  If I had known my husband was going to claim it, I might have gone with a different shade.  What would you have done? 

Linking to:
The Shabby Creek Cottage
My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
The Shabby Nest
The Cottage Market
Five Days Five Ways
Tatertots And Jello
Funky Junk Interiors
Classy Clutter
Coastal Charm
Sourthern Lovely 
The 36th Avenue
Domestically Speaking 


  1. Boy do I love your little chest, so cute and the little insignia on the top drawer. Glad you left it as is. It looks like a really solid piece, they made drawers deep and useable so a dresser was very versatile for storage. I'd love to put little casters on it's legs to bring it up little higher. I'm just a lover of little casters on dressers.
    Really love the color, it's not so intensely black which makes the color blend in much better. When the time comes you'll decide what other color you need it to be. Or your hubs.
    Happy summer

  2. Really cute! I've never really thought much about not painting the old existing details. I love how it turned out, and am glad you resisted the urge to cover that up!

  3. oh, I absolutely love it! I'm on the hunt for a dresser that size for our bedroom, so I really understand the need for deep drawers. And I love the black color. As someone else commented, it's not so intense. Such a beautiful piece!

  4. I think it came out perfect! I love black furniture. I want to paint my bedroom furniture black, but my husband loves wood. I think it is so cute your husband wanted it instead of selling it--it is usually the other way around!

  5. Nice save on this old gal! I can see why y'all would want to keep it.

    catching you!

  6. I absolutely adore this piece!!! It is picture perfect! TFS...hugs...

  7. I think it looks very pretty! You did such a great job!

  8. I think it looks fantastic now and I am a fan of black painted pieces. No wonder hubby wanted to keep it. Thanks for the visit and the kind comment on my hobby studio lamp. It does feel great to have the space organized.

  9. Beautiful job ! I love the color and all the details on it !
    Have a great weekend !