This dresser has a story. A story about quality construction in furniture they just don't seem to make anymore, and a lovely little town in North Carolina that I'd love to visit one day!
It had a very dated yellow finish. And it was dirty and grimy, with chips in the paint.
And somewhere along the line someone had lost some of the hardware pieces and "matched" (and that's putting it loosely) the original hardware.
After I spent DAYS prepping this piece and sanding and cleaning away decades of dirt and grime, I realized what a solid, well-built piece of furniture it was. Gorgeous construction, perfect dove-tail joints, drawers that worked perfectly, no wobbles and 100% solid wood. I was kind of falling in love with this piece!
I noticed a faint furniture mark on one of the drawers that I couldn't quite make out. So I took a picture and magnified it to figure out what company manufactured it.
The bottom line says, "Mount Airy, North Carolina". It was hard to tell what the top line said, but it looked like it started with the word, "Mount".
So I did a little detective work. And to take a break from the stifling heat of the garage - gotta love hot summer days! Turns out Mount Airy, North Carolina is a quaint little town nestled among the hills of North Carolina that at one time had a bustling furniture industry. I'm pretty sure that this came from the Mount Airy Furniture Company and was so pleased that my clients had picked out such a lovely piece from true artisans! Sadly, the company is now defunct. A fire completely destroyed the factory in 1997.
|Mount Airy Furniture CompanySource: North Carolina Museum|
But wait, there's more! Mount Airy's other claim to fame is that the town is loosely based on Mayberry R.F.D. from the Andy Griffith Show.
|Mount Airy, North Carolina|
This was Mr. Griffith's hometown and he is lovingly remembered here with Opie outside the Andy Griffith Museum.
So with my curiosity satisfied, it was back to the furniture makeover! I primed the dresser, and painted it in a custom white color mix of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I mixed Pure White and Old White, in equal parts. Sometimes Pure White is just too white, and Old White is too yellow. This seemed like a perfect compromise of the two colors!
My clients picked out new hardware from Hobby Lobby. The existing holes had to be filled in and sanded smooth. And then new holes for the hardware drilled (thanks, Dad!). The new hardware really gives it an updated, modern look!
My clients requested a worn look, so I distressed it slightly in areas where it would have been naturally worn over time. The entire piece was sealed with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.
So that's the story of a makeover of a dresser that had seen better days and the lovely little town it came from. I'd love to visit this area one day and explore! I'm so happy this gorgeous dresser went to a wonderful couple who are thrilled to be this generation's owners!
|Photo courtesy of owners|
Thanks for stopping by and enduring my little history lesson!
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