My Old Country House is short on closets but large on space, so we use our dressers for EVERYTHING! In fact, I have at least 2 dressers in each room in my house…I confess, I have a thing for dressers…I cannot have enough dressers…they are practical and functional and can still be had for a song…if you keep your eyes open.
which leads me to a few weeks ago…when I did a double take driving to the library and stopped at a yard sale and got this awesome dresser for a whopping $40!!!
I expected there to be some surprises…as there always can be…but instead, it kept getting better and better. The drawers run smooth, and it had all of the original gorgeous brass hardware. The Only problem was that it had been “refinished” down to its original wood and then varnished all shiney…but with more of a gloss finish than I care for. So I PAINTED IT!!!
I decided to go with a deep teal blue called
Calypso Blue by Benjamin Moore.
I used a Pearl finish (my absolute FAVE)
and used a foam roller
(the ONLY way to go -besides spraying –
when painting furniture in my opinion)
to apply the paint.
The paint went on beautifully
and by dinner time I had a new dresser in my Living room.
I cannot even picture the room without it now!!!
total investment – $52.00 for dresser + paint!!
I have styled the dresser various ways…and have tried a few different lamps..presently I am using the Robert Abbey Pink ones…a Christmas gift!
I am so GaGa over turquoise I have teal cover for my Mac!!! It matches…and that is a good thing!
I got curious when I found that…
there was a signature on the inside of one of the drawers:
dated- March 8, 1890!!!
I completely forgot to take a before picture…
so I went online to see if I could find out a bit more about the dresser. AND…
This is the part I LOVE about the internet..
“1890 wooden dresser”
and then I go to “images” and the third image is this:
…….I follow the trail to the original article and
I also find this “before” photo…
the article says…”Dresser belonged to my wife’s mother.
The drawer locks are dated July 17, 1893.” It continues…
“Near as I can tell” (I LOVE this phrase!)”this is an Eastlake dresser.”
:The unique thing about the drawers is the Pin and Cove joinery…”
and I think…PIN and Cove! Precisely!
Wait!!! This dresser looks remarkably familiar!”
Sure enough, I go into the next room and see this dresser.
My Old Childhood Dresser.
dresser is a piece I have lived with my whole life.
MY Mom bought at Good Will
in the 1960’s in Lincoln, Nebraska and refinished to its original Cherry finish.
The frame on the attached mirror broke, but
I still have the mirror which I use in our bathroom.
A few years ago,
despite the fact that for my whole life I heard the story of my Mom
and her friend Lois Cook, stripping the
hundreds of coats of paint
off this dresser…I painted both pieces.
So now of course I must know more about what exactly constitutes an
“Eastlake Dresser” ???
The people at
WOODmagazine.com seem to know and are dropping the name like
a juicy piece of celebrity gossip.
“what is an Eastlake Dresser?”
I follow an link which directs me here to
and a photo of this dresser –
…and the accompanying article reads : …
“Your chest is an antique, probably made around 1880 or 1890. The wood is probably walnut, a popular choice for furniture in the Eastlake manner. You can identify the style by the strong vertical lines, incised molding and paneled sides. Note also the shallow carving on the brackets below the top drawer. Eastlake was a reform movement, in contrast to the fussiness of detail-laden Victorian furniture. It was made throughout the East and Midwest in large furniture shops. I think you should find brasses more appropriate to the period. The current handles were made for an 18th-century-style piece.
Estimate: $1,000 to $1,500.”
well, well well!!!
…..Elementary WATSON! …this looks remarkably like MY NEW/OLD dresser:
…so I think it is safe to deduce that my new dresser IS an
Eastlake Dresser. (near as I can tell!!!- i LOVE that phrase!)
…and that for $40… I got it for a song!!!
I wonder if my brasses are also “inappropriate for the period?”
Better watch my brasses!
I am thinking of getting round drops like these…
get MUCH of my inspiration from this company…I Love everything they do…
except the price!
so there you have it…another Mystery solved…
in more than one case…
clearly my taste takes me to
clean lines like the Eastlake Dresser
and I love THE INTERNET
and finding out all of these fun bits and pieces of the history
of the furniture in my
OLD COUNTRY house
AND I LOVE BLOGGING!!!