Sunday, March 13, 2011

Tall Antique Dresser Reveal

I am proud to present this beautiful piece to you fine folks tonight.  Now I realize that she may not be a true "antique" but I do believe this piece is pretty old and she needed some TLC when I first bought her.

Here she is now... prepare yourselves for lots of pictures.




Isn't she a beauty?  Once again... I'm gonna have a really hard time letting it go.  I'm sure she will be so happy with a nice new family... Tear.

Since I love you peeps, I'll give you the real status of her right now:

Notice anything missing?  (Besides some cute little boys pants)

This leg broke off several years ago and they had put it back on with a metal rod, but that rod has bent and we didn't feel like it was really durable enough.  We've tried a few different things but nothing that I feel 100% confident about for durability.  Has anyone encountered this problem before and found a really great and sturdy solution?

***note: I have received some great feedback but want to clarify for everyone that I do still have the other leg, just need to somehow put it back on.  I definitely don't want to cut the other one off.  We want a really strong and durable solution, not one that will break after one transfer to another room.  any insight would be fabulous!**

For those who are just visiting, please be sure to check out my posts, Tall Antique Dresser Part 1 and 2 for the tutorial on how this look was achieved.  The final part 3 is coming soon!
 
Thanks everyone!  I hope that you have all enjoyed a fabulous weekend.  I certainly did, and will share more about it with you soon.  Right now, we're headed to my momma's house for some of that fabulous Peanut Curried Chicken.  She's sharing hers with us :)

Bye bye

~PW

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33 comments:

  1. I would cut off the other front leg, but some new cute legs and paint them to match the dresser. I love what you did... the distressing on the drawers is wonderful and I love how you stained the top!

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  2. that looks so good! Congratulations :)

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  3. Amazing work!.. Thanks for sharing!..

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  4. Beautiful job on this piece. So sad about that leg!

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  5. Beautiful. I really like what you did. It is wonderful. You have a great blog too!
    blessings,
    Debbie

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  6. love it great job.. beautiful color and distressing.

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  7. they do sell some furniture legs at home depot and lowes not sure if they have a match for you. but maybe you could replace both front legs if you find something there.

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  8. How beeeeutiful! I love the treatment you gave it!

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  9. Thanks so much everyone! I guess I better clarify- I DO have the leg, I am just trying to decide on the best and most durable way to put it back on. The previous owners had the piece restored and they inserted a metal rod into the leg, which apparently worked for several years but the rod has bent so the leg was really wobbly. We pulled the metal rod out and are just experimenting with different ways to put the leg back on. I will definitely keep the other leg on and somehow attach the other one back on.

    If you have any great suggestions for that, keep em coming!

    Thanks again everyone :)

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  10. Great job! had to post about this @
    www.UglyThenPretty.com

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  11. Stopping by from Under the Table and Dreaming. What a beautiful piece! I love re-finishing old furniture. Yours is beautiful.
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  12. It is so beautiful - you did a wonderful job! I would probably cut off the other leg as someone else suggested above ;o)

    I'm a new follower from Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage :O)

    http://SallyLeeByTheSea.com

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  13. I go with my kids to a woodworking shop to take "classes". Mr. Bruce is a furniture restorer as well as an art restorer. I've worked on a few pieces of furniture with his input along the way of how he would do it. Can you drill out a small hole in the leg and the dresser where they connect (maybe a hole already exists for the metal rod) then insert an appropriate sized wooden dowel rod with wood glue on the dowel (you don't put glue into the holes)the glue will bond with the wood better than it will the metal. Hope this helps!

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  14. Wow this turned out really nice!!
    Can you replace the leg with something from Home Depot?
    To bad you don't live here, my neighbor does great work with antique wood repair!

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  15. Wow this turned out really nice!!
    Can you replace the leg with something from Home Depot?
    To bad you don't live here, my neighbor does great work with antique wood repair!

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  16. Shannon, that's a great idea and actually the same one that my hubbs and I already attempted. We found a wooden dowel that fit snugly into the holes that were already drilled from the metal rod (on the leg and the end that it inserted into) and filled with wood glue, hoping that the wooden dowel itself would expand and create a very snug fit. We're not sure if the wood glue we used wasn't the best or what, but it was still wobbly. I totally appreciate the suggestion though and would have definitely done that if we hadn't already been down that road. We're still brain storming. That's really fun that you take classes for woodworking. I would love to do something like that. So far I have been my own teacher.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! I love visitors :)

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  17. That dresser is so fab that I didn't even notice it was missing a leg. (Of course, you're talking to someone who held up a secretary desk with noodle bowls for a year...)

    (Mr. No-Pants is adorable, btw.)

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  18. I love how you distressed it and made it look really antique!

    If you want to link it up to my perfectly prim link party, you're more than welcome to. It runs from Sundays to Wednesdays.

    Cheers,
    Tracy http://prairiepatch.blogspot.com/

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  19. O.K. This is an amazing piece of furniture! I love the character of it, and then how you finished it! I Like, I Like, I Like!

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  20. How funny. I didn't even notice the missing leg, just the missing pants. Love that boy!

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  21. So lovely, wonderful job! Visiting from icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  22. It looks absolutely gorgeous (like, I want it gorgeous :) ). What a bummer about the leg. I would have thought the whole dowel thing would have worked, but maybe you need a snugger-fitting one? Another option would be to do the dowel method to best of your ability, and then add another leg right behind it with an L-brace or something, so the doweled leg isn't doing all the work. I wonder if you could get a really long screw/metal rod that would allow you to countersink it through the entire leg and up into the dresser. Without seeing the bottom of your dresser, I don't know if it would work. Anyway, best of luck! From quickly perusing your blog, it's obvious you are very resourceful and creative. Visiting from the link party at Stories of A to Z :).

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  23. I love it! I'm going to feature this on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" of Masterpiece Monday on Thursday. Thanks for sharing, Mary :O)

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  24. it's really gorgeous. good luck fixing the leg.
    cheers Fiona
    http://lilyfieldlife.blogspot.com/

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  25. The dresser is really beautiful and I like that you left the wood natural on the top. I sure hope you find a lasting solution to the leg problem!

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  26. Wow it really turned out beautiful! I love the color and finish- it is just gorgeous!! Would love if you would share this at my Friday decorating party sometime! Is using a dowel a possibility for replacing the leg? Just a thought... and maybe some liquid nails?

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  27. I would have a hard time letting that go, too. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  28. so beautiful! i love the color and the dark top!

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  29. Gorgeous! You really did a wonderful transformation on that dresser. Just found your lovely blog via Lauren. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
    Happy Spring!
    Tammy

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  30. Gorgeous!

    I love the color of your walls in that room! Do you know what paint color you used???

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  31. Gorgeous!

    I love the color of your walls in that room! Do you know what paint color you used???

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  32. Rebecca, the paint in that room is called "Mexican Tea" by Kwal Howell. I LOVE it. We have it in our kitchen, family room, entry way and all halls. It's fab.

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