Boardwalk Empire and a 1920's Dresser

Considering its been more than a month since my last post, you all can see how busy it's been! I currently have around 12 orders place for custom pieces, so the "furniture factory" is in overdrive right now, but I so love it! I've also gone back to my "real" job, since my last post, teaching 7th and 8th graders, so needless to say, I'm exhausted!

This week I wanted to do a "before" and "after" blog about one of my favorite pieces of late, a 1920's style dresser that I picked up at a thrift store a few months back and recently sold. Have I mentioned I LOVE the 1920's?!?

Here she is before, in her well-loved state:
Sorry for the ridiculously bad picture, but my storage unit is super crowded right now, its hard to get a good angle on anything!

So, I had her listed for a few months available as a custom order, and there were no takers.  Sometimes its hard to envision what a piece can look like once it complete, especially when their "before" is pretty shabby and not so chic.

I brought her home and decided to do a custom mix of Annie Sloan chalk paints to create a creamy, vintage shade of white.  I mixed pure white with country grey and a tad bit of Arles yellow to create the shade.
A few coats of paint, some light distressing, and a glossy finish coat later, here she is:


A true 1920's beauty, if you ask me! I sold it within the week to a local buyer, and I have been trying to track down a similar piece ever since, to keep for myself :-)

As a side note, while we're on the subject of the 1920's, which is by far my favorite era furniture and style-wise; one of my favorite show's HBO's Boardwalk Empire has finally returned and my Sunday nights have been made whole again! I think I may have been a flapper in my past life, and long to visit a speakeasy (I hear there's one in Old Town Alexandria, anyone ever checked it out?!)



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