Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Little Dresser

36 years ago this summer I was pregnant with our first son. My in-laws gave us the little dresser that was my hubby's as a baby. His grandfather handmade it for him. 

It was a red-ish wood color with wooden knobs. I decided to paint it. In those days we didn't get to know ahead of time if it was a boy or girl, so I chose to paint it yellow.

We used a Winnie-the-Pooh theme for the room.

First son arrived.

Then the second son arrived.

It served them well until they got older and needed bigger, separate dressers. We moved it to the master bedroom. It still had the same coat of paint but now sported ceramic knobs.

And there it sat for years and years. 

Last summer I decided to repaint it a gray-blue color which ended up looking rather baby blue. Not what I envisioned.

So I took it to Dana at Color It Coastal for a fresh coat of Antique White.

And here it is:

Can you see what inspired me in this photo I recently posted?

Yup, the variety of drawer pulls. I think this one is my favorite.

Or how about this guy.

I've lined the drawers ~ with wrapping paper.

The little dresser now sits in the guest room/craft room/my office space.

She's going to hold some linens, fabric, craft supplies.

A few hydrangeas from the yard, an original Elizabeth St. Hilare Nelson collage and my grandmother's buttons in a one jar, collected buttons in another (I love buttons!).

A very fun re-use of this special family treasure. 


  1. It still looks great! I love pieces like this. The history adds to the charm.

  2. what a wonderful story of a family treasure! The varnish table in my studio goes way back beyond my own grandparents. I just love it for the history it brings. Thanks Barbara for including my artwork in the journey of this little dresser!

  3. I love that this piece is important to you. I'm very sentimental, too. The knobs are very cute.

  4. What a great piece and the pics of the little ones are way too cute! Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Would love it if you would share this post at my Anything Blue Friday party which is currently live. Here's the link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse