I found this six drawer vintage dresser at the Salvation Army store on Bird Road in Miami at the same time I found the Vintage Turquoise and White dresser. The store offered discounts on furniture on Wednesdays, so I drove down with my brother during our lunch break and threw them in the back of his pick up truck.
Originally, I wanted to give the wood panels a light stain and the vertical Art Deco style pulls a darker stain for a 1970s vibe. But when I took the piece to the warehouse I was working out of, I noticed that only the frame was made of solid wood. I figured it wasn’t worth sanding and staining a piece that wasn’t solid wood, so I went for a more colorful look instead.
The blue chalk paint I used I believe was called Marine Blue ( I wasn’t able to find the manufacturer online, but I purchased it at Walmart). I started by painting a drawer and presenting it against the gold panel at the bottom. The color combination gave me an ancient Egyptian vibe, which I appreciated. Since I began restoring furniture pieces, I always wanted to create a statement piece, and this ended up being just that.
Even though I love wood stains and a natural aesthetic, the artist in me was dying to give a vintage furniture piece a bold paint job. I tested a vintage red color along with the blue, but the blue made the most sense with this piece. I was happy with the final product and had it on the market for a while, but I formed an attachment to it. I just couldn’t let it go for the lowball offers I was getting. So, I got rid of a few Ikea pieces in my living room made it the focal point of my living room as a TV console and with tons of extra storage.