Monday, December 14, 2015

Why I Love My Job

Every once in a while a piece of furniture comes along that reminds me why I love my job refinishing vintage and antique furniture.

Maybe the furniture gods bestow me with a memorable piece just when I need it the most.  It's like they know I'm fed up with a chronic skin irritation on my hands that several dermatologists still can't determine the irritant. I'll spare you the picture. (You're welcome.)

Or, that I'm feeling dejected because an a$$hole picks apart my work on a desk, grinds the price down, and then puts it in his $50,000 BMV. (Really wish I could show you that picture.)

Heck, it was probably a combination of both of these things when this lovely vintage dresser came into my life. 

It definitely put things in perspective and reminded me why I love my job. A piece like this doesn't come around too often and deserves a proper and attentive restoration.

I mean, really, don't you just love those gorgeous serpentine drawers!

I painted it in one of my favorite color combinations of gray and white with the original hardware refinished in silver. I used General Finishes Seagull Gray and Snow White. And, with all of my pieces (especially dresser and buffet tops) they are clear coated with a polyacrylic clear sealer for sheen and durability.

It's available to go to a new home!

And coordinates with other pieces of my holiday collection....

So that's my little explanation as to why I love my job. It's such a joy to refinish quality furniture that was produced in the good 'ol USA. I love giving my furniture another life to be used for another generation.

As for me, I'm taking a little time off to enjoy with my kids and get ready for Christmas. Here's hoping you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!

Merry Christmas!

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  1. Hello!!!...again.....First off, thank for your lovely comments on my last comment. I said those complements
    to you because YOU deserved them!!!!
    As far as the buyer, I would of said, "Oh, I guess you really don't want't buy it, somebody else will.".....and they will.
    As far as your hands, I too!!! had a weird rash/irritation that MD's could not figure out...3 years!!! I tried just about EVERYTHING. Prescription and OTC. Then quite by accident I was at a friends house, used the rest room and washed my red/raw hands. After using her soap they just started to feel better. Then they started to look better after an hour!!! She had, "Dr. Bronner's 18-in-1 Hemp Almond PURE-CASTILE Soap"
    in the dispenser. She said it was a miracle soap for everything!!! You can get it at Target, Trader Joe's, Bed, Bath and Beyond. After 2 days I NO longer have ANY sign of irritation!!!! GONE!!!!! after 3 years of struggle.
    PERFECT!!!! Then I also use Dead Sea Mineral hand lotion/cream. The best ones contain aloe and avocado oil. I get that on Ebay from Israel or Jordan. The lotion, I was using before I found the soap and it seemed to be the ONLY thing to give a slight bit of relief. Now, the two together are WOW!!!!!! Try it all...who knows???? Good Luck to you.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!!! Keep up the GREAT work on your pieces!!!!

  2. What a beautiful piece of furniture! I love the color combination that you chose. It's beautiful! I hope you have a great weekend :-) Merry Christmas!

  3. The piece is lovely. I think the combination of white and gray is so timeless. I use to have problems with my hands also and tried everything over the counter and from the doctor. Turns out it was stress. Once I changed a few things in my life, my hands healed up.

  4. Mary Beth, you holiday collection is gorgeous. The hardware on the dresser and, of course, your color choices are stunning. Keep up the excellent work. I saw your link at Friday's Furniture Fix party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  5. Absolutely beautiful. Reminds me of a similar piece I painted to sell, but couldn't ultimately part with!
    Visiting from Friday's Furniture Fix :)

  6. Just wanted to let you know that your beautiful dresser is being featured tonight on Friday's Furniture Fix. Thank you for linking up with us! ;o)

    1. Well thank you very much, Lucy! What a pleasant surprise!