But to get the conversation started, Pam and I brainstormed a top 10 list of our favorite vintage furniture — some of which we own and some, we dream about. then, we want to hear about your favorite vintage furniture designs, too!
I’m sure that many of you are like Pam and me when it comes to vintage furniture — so enamored with it, that suddenly the house is full to the brim — and still you want more. Vintage furniture is — for the most part — very well constructed, with quality wood constructions, and with exciting designs.
Then for added reassurance it would stay still, I used my Air Strike to nail it on and hold the panel in place while the glue dried.
After that, I just needed to use wood filler to repair the damaged spots, and then sand with my sander. I have done many similar Mid Century pieces before.
Each month we will be sharing our furniture makeovers to teach, to share, to inspire you. True story, I walked into the thrift store to find some sweaters to repurpose for my sheep (see here). As I was heading to the back of the store, the shop lady was on the phone talking to one of the owners telling them that yes, this particular dresser was STILL there and she was to get rid of it. I halted my tracks and said, “I’ll take it.” Any sane person would have done the same thing. So, I decided to bring this sad dresser home and give it a new look. Well, let’s just say it not only needed a boost, but reconstructive surgery. I used my Liquid Nails Paneling Adhesive to get that sucker back on.
For this month, I’m sharing this vintage piece that is going to get a modern dresser makeover. My peeps, when this piece is sitting there covered in #trashure, falling apart and being dismissed, we must take notice. (please say yes so I know I’m not alone.) To verify, this is a quality-made vintage Kroehler dresser. Four of the nine drawers were either missing drawers guides or slides, the panel had fallen off the side, and those basket weave center pieces were coming off as well. Meanwhile, JC cut and made new guides and slides for those four drawers.
A few days of stalking Craigslist turned up this listing: The little legs along with the 54″ length was perfect, plus the clean-lined look of the dresser would work amazingly well with our crib. We just had two more questions: what was the depth of the piece (just to be sure it wasn’t too narrow to accommodate our 17″ changing table pad) and was the dresser made of solid wood (since that’s a lot easier to refinish than something covered in laminate or thin flaking veneer).
Even upholstered pieces like easy chairs and couches — which may need costly reupholstering — are still in demand due to their solid frame construction.Vintage furniture also tends to be very affordable, compared to buying new.Pam says: Vintage dining room sets and bedroom sets, in particular, can be spectacular deals.Well, we recently took on the biggest nursery project to date and we lived to tell the tale.This post is a bit of a two-fer, since it not only details how to stain any wooden or veneered piece of furniture but also touches on how to paint anything that’s wood or veneer since we did a two-toned treatment on a dresser that we hunted down on the cheap.