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I really have been trying to curb my addiction to "project" furniture (since my basement is full of half-finished projects), but when I saw this dresser standing stoically on the curb in the street this past spring, I knew I had to pull the car over. The casters, the curves, the escutcheons — I mean, come on! But as you can tell, said dresser has been living a hard life outside for some time — the wood on the top is split in half, and one of the casters on the bottom is duct taped on. But I feel determined to clean this high boy up!

After some serious wire brushing and sanding — goodness do I see 4 or 5 layers of peeling paint?! — I plan to paint this fellow (inside and out). Now, the only question is, do I paint it a lovely grey with black matte hardware or do I go black with antiqued brass?

Let me know what you think!

Combo #1:

Farrow & Ball's Plummett (272) and some oil-rubbed bronze hardware, like these lovely pulls from Lee Valley Tools?

Combo #2:

Farrow & Ball's Pitch Black (256) with some wonderful brass-plate hardware, like these classic pulls, also from Lee Valley Tools?

Decisions decisions...

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Photo credits:
1. Stacey Smithers
2a. Plummett (272), Farrow & Ball
2b. Oil-Rubbed Bronze Suite, Lee Valley Tools
3a. Pitch Black (256), Farrow & Ball
3b. Old Brass, 01A40.01-01A40-72, Lee Valley Tools

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