there's a used furniture place near our new house. a nice person who is also a mid-century fan recommended that i take a look when i had a chance. i have been there several times with no luck. recently, however, i hit the jackpot. the set was an old stanley furniture bedroom suite. it had a full-sized bed (we gave that away because who wants a full-size bed these days?), a tall dresser, and a long dresser (which we will use as a side board in the dining room), and a mirror.
here is the "before", still at the store!
it's kinda hard to see the detail, but each drawer has its original white paint, an applied wooden disk, and a spade shaped pull. the pulls are made of some sort of pot metal, and were brass plated (and not useable in the state they were in). we thought the wood was walnut in the store, but once we got home figured out it was mahogany.
it was definitely a labor of love. the former owner was a smoker, so the whole thing had to be stripped and sanded to get rid of the smell and the yellowing. john worked on the dark parts, on which he applied several coats of danish oil. then a few coats of wax. i took care of the white parts, which were sanded, primed, and spray painted with white gloss enamel. the pulls needed to be brushed clean and then sprayed with metallic silver paint. we also filled the drawers with cedar tongue and groove panels.
the best part? all pieces were $300! the worst part? it took FOREVER!!
now the "after" (only the low dresser is pictured), in our new dining room. now it's ready for accessorizing (my favorite part!)
and i know, the cords need some work.