Ok yeah that was dorky but I couldn’t resist but there is nothing dorky about this beautiful Empire dresser turned kitchen island. Believe if our home did not have a built in kitchen island…well its more like a continent…I would be keeping this beauty. She turned out so much better than I even imagined.
I got her in an online auction and there was a bidding war but the price stayed a bit reasonable. I went to pick her up by myself and the guy looked at me and says I hope you brought help for me to load this thing. I said I AM your help and the auction said it came apart for moving so that’s what we need to do. It was huge and had a badly damaged marble top with holes cut in the top
Yeah its sitting on the back patio where I tried to clean it but there is too much damage and etching in the actual marble to even try to use it so on to plan 2. Plan 2 is better anyway. I made a island top out of reclaimed wood I have in the garage. When I go to estate sales I am always the junker that is looking for scraps and planks of wood. She has some walnut, pine, oak and teak I think. I am no wood expert but I really wanted it to look rustic and I think I achieved that look.
This is the only before pictures I have because I was so ready to make it my into vision of beauty I just got started with the paintbrush. I used Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint in her new European color line in Bergere. It is a fabulous blue/grey depending on the light. I decided not to fix the “character” aka damage to the dresser because lets face it she is just old and has earned all of the character she has. I think it just adds to the beauty. While working on her I found that her nails are square hand hammered which puts her age in the 1800’s. I love this beauty and feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work on her and enhance all of her beauty.
She is absolutely gorgeous now. If you love her as much as I do let me know she is for sale.
Isn’t she lovely?! until next time……..