7.24.2011

The Scarlett Dresser - Before & After

Alright friends is this a beauty or what? And would you believe me if I told you it was circa 1880s? Ah-mazing isnt it. This is a McCord and Bradfield from Grand Rapids, Michigan and is our oldest piece yet. Look at these bones! They are dusty but they are good! And we ventured out on this piece and did it in a rich red. So unless like us. But I think our gamble paid off and we are happy with the results. Tell me what you think.
The characteristics of this piece that caught my eye were the claw feet on the front, the key holes, the curved drawers, and the chunky back splash. I don't think I have seen one this size before. At least on the pieces we have done previously.



Take note of the beaded wood detail on each side.


Thank you for all of the sweet compliments on our new outdoor photographs. We have moved our shop behind my parent's home and they have a beautiful landscape. We are grateful for their generosity and love the extra workspace and our little one enjoys stopping by for more frequent visits with her Nana and Pa.

Tomorrow is a state holiday so I am going to enjoy the day off!



38 comments:

Valeree said...

She is just absolutely gorgeous!! Amazing job. And I love the color.

A Vintage Green said...

A beautiful upgrade - the dressers good lines now shine.

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

It is absolutely DARLING! The red is just perfect. Your folks sound like my kind of people - and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

melanie, i love that! what a fabulous shade of red- it's so pretty!

michelle said...

What a gorgeous pieces and I love the color that you chose! Grand Rapids is only about 20 minutes from me. :) I am so glad that you have a bigger space to work and even better that it is right by Nana and Pa. :)
Enjoy your week!!
xo

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous piece Melanie! I have never seen one quite like it. And that red is the perfect choice - so elegant!

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Amazing piece. Love the color!

Nicky said...

I want it! It's fabulous!

The Accent Piece said...

what a find! I love the color.
I'm a follower of your blog now - thanks for all the inspiration!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Roseanna said...

I am completely in love with it! The scarlet is perfect.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

That color is awesome. I just joined your site.

Queenie said...

What an amazing transformation...it's gorgeous...I love all of the fine details :)

AllisonK said...

OOOOOOOO!!!!!!
AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!

The Painted Parlor said...

This piece is gorgeous! I LOVE old pieces, theyre so much fun to work on :)

Julie

Ang @ Taking a Sunday Drive said...

I love Vintage and I love red! Winning combo in my eyes! Beautiful!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Beautiful! Definitely love the color choice on this piece!

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

beautiful piece - beautiful color. Way to go!

ShantyGirl said...

I think red was a lovely choice for the lines on this dresser, she just looks like that is the way she should be wonderfully done!
Sherry

Karen Fields said...

Amazing color! Gorgeous work! I can see the love and passion you have for what you do every day. It makes a difference when you pay attention to what your gifts are. :)

christini yogini said...

Really pretty, you gave it new life!!!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

She is so pretty! I love the color too.

Danielle

Goed in Stijl said...

the color is beautiful! I've never painted a cabinet red...but I'm starting to think about it now ;)

Mimi said...

Now that is one beautiful piece of furniture! You are so right - great bones here and all the details are classic - I especially love the beading. What a luscious red you chose for this! Love everything about what you did and love this chest.
Saw you at Primitive and Proper - thank you so much for sharing :)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Beautiful! Love the new color. Looks fresh and updated.

Tammy @ Type A said...

WOW! LOVE! the red is perfect, the shape is amazing, great piece. i have a party going on right now if you'd like to link.

http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/07/anything-goes-party-27.html

Pamela said...

This piece turned out beautiful! I love the red!

Jess, Chic Technique said...

nice, what color paint did you use?

Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

Love the red! Just got some red oops paint and now you have me thinking I need to use it sooner than later. thanks.

Katie said...

Wow this turned out amazing! Great job!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Gorgeous piece! Love the red.
I have a similar dresser that I've been wanting to paint. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kimberly :-)

Midwest Cottage said...

Have I mentioned latley how much I love your work? Beautiful color choice! Happy to hear about your new workshop. We are getting ready to build a nice paint booth--I am so excited. Got my new HVLLP sprayer this week. Keep these beautiful projects coming.

Jessica Monte said...

Gorgeous! I recently updated a cheap white nantucket piece from JC Penney with a paprika red paint. It turned out quite similar to your antique.

Your work is great! I bet this piece certainly does brighten up a room!

Wendy said...

What a great piece! I love the color!

Joselyn said...

I think it's gorgeous. What an amazing transformation. Love the color. Well done!

Janelle said...

Oooh! So cute. Nice Job... What technique are you using to age this piece?
See other vintage dressers in my most recent post... http://everydaybrillianceinspired.blogspot.com/2011/07/inspired-by-new-look.html

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

Love this piece of furniture! Such a great color and great redo.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I love the name Scarlet and apparently I love the color on that dresser!

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