I answered an ad on my local Freecycle website and agreed to pick up a dresser and nightstand “sight unseen”. Imagine how thrilled MyLove was when I begged and pleaded persuaded him to drive 20 miles across town to meet with a stranger to pick it up. #notthrilledatall.
Luckily he is used to me and my furniture requests so he went along with it…until we drove up and saw this dreadful sight.
The lady raved about what an heirloom it was to her and thanked us for coming to pick them up so quickly as she snuck over to take a $100 For Sale sign off of them so we would not see them. She mentioned that they were passed down through her family and her husband started sanding on the dresser top then suddenly passed away.
As I mentioned that I got them off of Freecycle so they were “Free-Ninety-Nine” as my friend would say. Thank goodness because they were looking pretty old and shabby, and not in the “shabby chic” kind of way.
I looked over at MyLove rolling his eyes and could feel his blood boiling, secretly cursing me all the way to the truck because these suckers were HEAVY solid wood SUPER HEAVY!
And did I mention they were UGLY!
We passed two Goodwill stores on the way home and MyLove begged me to drop them off and donate them right away. I talked him in to letting me keep them because I somehow could already see their POTENTIAL
He agreed to let me try.
He saw YUCK or may I say in his words CR@P!
I saw Pottery Barn.
Don’t know why but I have been eyeballing a black Pottery Barn dresser and wanted to try to replicate it.
Seriously, why not. Couldn’t hurt.
I found a great tutorial explaining how to achieve the Pottery Barn Finish from