When we were garage sale-ing last weekend I stumbled upon a vintage dresser that I didn’t notice the first time I walked past it, but when I did notice it- I was able to look past it’s worn and dated appearance and I saw potential.
Although it was yellow-ish and scuffed and worn, it could easily be sanded down and refinished to a dark espresso color- to go in our bedroom!
Or maybe I could even sand it and repaint it white and put it in Riley’s room?
But alas, I don’t have time for a project and it was too hideous in my mind to keep as-is. I walked away.
But I couldn’t help but see the potential.
I asked the guy how much he wanted for it and he asked me what I was thinking. I told him, “I don’t really need a project and this would be a big project so I was thinking $15.00.”
OUCH he replied. He was thinking closer to $100.
We settled on $25 and I told him I needed to think about it because like I said- I don’t need another project, plus Jim would probably be upset about me bringing home a project when we weren’t looking for a project and already had several other projects on our plate!
I told the guy to sell it to someone else for more money, but if it didn’t sell to call me the next day and I’ll buy it.
He called… and told me I could have it for the $15.00. I said OK.
We picked it up and since I didn’t have the exact amount I handed him a $20 bill and told him to keep the change. We loaded the dresser into my Expedition and brought it home.
It sat in the front room all week long. I contemplated my project plan- and where the piece would work the best. We decided it really doesn’t have a home in our bedroom, even if it were a different color…but that it would be perfect in our closet in that rich espresso chocolate color. The only problem- I love the handles, but the handles in my closet are little round satin-nickle knobs. They wouldn’t match.
Plus there’s the little complication that the dresser I have in the closet currently would be homeless, and it matches the dresser we have in our bedroom and I really didn’t want to break up the set. Hmmm…
I contemplated selling it. Maybe I could turn a profit- maybe even double my money? I don’t really NEED it, and although I really like it I don’t LOVE it. I love the handles, and the detail on the sides, I love that the “stacked” appearance that it has.
But I don’t like the bottom front trim piece, and the drawers are super shallow.
So I listed it on Craigslist. For sixty bucks. I liked it enough that I didn’t want to sell it, but I knew I should sell it. And it’s not worth it for me to sell it for what I paid, if I’m giving it up I want to make money on it!
And I did! I got three calls right away and it was picked up Friday morning by a gal who loves to refinish furniture. She is looking forward to the project (unlike me who was dreading it!)
So I tripled my money- yippee! I just hope I don’t regret losing the piece. It really was cute, and I don’t know that I’ll find such a steal of a good deal again. In fact, now I’m wondering if I should have listed it at $100! HA!