i’m addicted to possibilities (and vintage wooden furniture.)
I’ve decided that I am addicted to possibilities. I’m a possibilities addict, if you will.
And that is why I couldn’t leave this gorgeous, if unloved, mid-century wooden dresser at Goodwill on Sunday*.
The entire purpose of my drive to Goodwill, by the way, was to drop off a donation… an old dresser of mine. Because I had a new one and didn’t need it anymore.
First of all, and most importantly, this dresser is gorgeous. It is my favorite shade of wood: not too dark but not light. It’s a great size, because it’s not a giant piece of furniture and would be able to find a place in just about any room. It’s wonderfully square. It’s heavy and real wood. The handles are awesome. And it has hairpin legs.
When I spotted it, I gave it a good once-over. First: the handles on the bottom drawer had broken off. Bad news. I began to consider how it would look without a bottom drawer, even: could that serve as a little shelf instead? But the handles were inside! And I have strong faith in the power of wood glue combined with clever clamping.
Next, the general condition of the wood. Overall, I believe that the wood on this dresser is in fine shape. There are some finish irregularities in areas – and this side is quite splotchy – but I think I’ll be able to refresh it without even doing a heavy sanding. And with the color as it is, I am not restaining. I love its current shade too much to mess with it.
The top of the dresser is the only part that needs heavier work. There are some small water rings/spots (white, thank goodness, not black!), and the whole surface is just lacking in color, most likely from too much sun in its fairly long lifetime. There’s a chance it will need some sanding and some rejuvenation. But I’m not afraid of it.
So it’s true, I’ve given myself another project. But I couldn’t leave it at the store because of the possibility of the rejuvenated piece. I had so much hope for this broken, unloved piece of furniture. I could see what it could be. And that possibility was far too great for me to say no to. In fact, I believe that I love this dresser more because it isn’t perfect. Because it needs some work. Because it has so much potential… so much possibility. If I had found the same thing in mint condition, I may have still bought it… but I probably wouldn’t be so elated.
So into the trunk it went, where the seats were still down from the fact that I had dropped off a dresser less than half an hour ago. A dresser trade. And infinite possibility.
Are you like me? Do you buy things solely on what they could be, rather than what they are?
*yes, Goodwill is open on Sundays! Who knew!
That is FABULOUS – I would have bought it too. Make sure and post the finished product. I could picture it with a very cool runner on top (if the top is not great-but it doesn’t look that bad to me-i’ve worked with worse).
Hurray! Glad I have some backup :) My dad was a little amazed that I left the house with a dresser in the trunk… and came home with a dresser in the trunk.
And I agree on the runner! Lately I’ve realize how much I like putting runners/scarves/etc on the flat surfaces around my room, and it makes me much less worried about the quality of the top of the piece :)
That is so funny. I have a friend like you. She tses things to the tip and comes back with something else!
You really are inspiring.
Reminds me of Sally Grimes from Hillshire farms whose motto is accelerating meat possiblities. I like the possibilities you see better! :)