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Friday, October 17, 2008

Friday Show and Tell - Thrifted Chest of Drawers

Show and Tell
Show and Tell Friday is hosted by Kelli at There is No Place Like Home

As I stated in my Thankful Thursday post last week, a few years ago when I needed to raise some money I sold my complete bedroom set, keeping only the mattress. Soon after, though, I had to buy a used dresser because it was too hard on my back to be bending down in the mornings to retrieve needed items from a row of plastic crates on the floor. The dresser is a solid mahogany traditional design by Henredon, with a curved front and brass drawer pulls. I found it at one of the local antique shops.



Since then I’ve looked every where for a chest or an armoire to coordinate with the dresser and provide needed additional storage. The problem was that I only liked ones that were priced much higher than my budget allowed.

Last Tuesday I was sitting in the waiting area reading while a part was installed in my old Honda Accord. I was getting stiff after reading some chapters of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Deciding to go for a walk, I went straight to a nearby thrift store. It was just minutes before closing when I noticed a very nice solid cherry wood chest of drawers in a pleasing traditional style. Due to a bit of damage inside one of the drawers and a missing drawer pull, the price was set at $20.00. With tax and delivery fee, it came to just $33. Was I ever thanking the Lord on the way home after getting my car!

Here are a few photos I took the next day when it was delivered.


On the back an old label is pasted

The label indicates a CHEST ON CHEST with a stock number of 115; the finish is TAWNY CHERRY and it is from DAVIS CABINET COMPANY, Makers of Good Furniture, Nashville, Tennessee.

Notice that the brass drawer pulls are similar to those on my dresser.



Even the curve of the feet is similar to the dresser.



Since then I’ve cleaned, used an Ethan Allen touchup pen on the scratches, and started using my latest furniture item. I’ve carried over the display of cream porcelain accessories from the dresser to the ‘new’ chest.



Thanks for stopping by today. For more personal treasures, visit Kelli for a list of participating posts.

31 comments:

Mary said...

Very pretty and a steal at that price. I looked at a similar chest in a used furniture store today and they wanted $80. You got a bargain. Congratulations. Love the white porcelain too.

Blessings,
Mary

Jan and Tom's Place said...

What a precious, precious "find"!! PTL you took that walk!!

diadsie said...

What a close match! They look pretty together. Glad you found items at such good prices.
Dianne

Earthmommy said...

These two pieces look great together! It's always amazing how the Lord will provide for our needs but also our desires if we are obedient and patient and rest in Him.

Lady Katherine said...

What a great find you have. Its looks great in your home. And the price wow, Maybe I need to come where you shop.

Betty said...

Carrie,
Indeed you did find a 'find'....several years ago I had a chest refinished and the man wanted to replace the pulls. Brass oval bail pulls like your chest has were very expensive. I have these on a chest in the master bedroom that I bought at a Goodwill Store for $75.00 but I didn't have to do anything to it....

lusks said...

What a great find.

Hootin' Anni said...

...and, indeed!!! It's beautiful!! What a great treasure to have it for your own personal use now...that's awesome.

Stop by my show and tell when you have time, I'd love to have you visit with me this fine day. Happy weekend to you!!!

Schotzy said...

What wonderful finds! God is so good to lead us right to the special blessings he has for us along the wa. I couldnt beleive it when Amanda got married. We gave her the old br set we got from Lynn's family very vintage 1930's and Josh had a dresser from his college days he wanted to use that his mom had gotten at a thrift store. It matched! Hallelujah, what a Savior! Your repair look great!

char72 said...

Wow! What a great find. It's perfect. Like the pretty white dishes in the Vintage post too.
Charlotte

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Hi Carrie!

I love it when stuff like this happens! It goes so well with the piece you already have (which is beautiful too). It was meant to be!

Manuela

P.S. Northranger Abbey is the one JA book I can't get through. I wantched the movie and it was pretty good.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a great bargain! It looks really good too! I love to find things like this! I call them "God winks!"

Thanks for joining us in prayer!

Katherine

skoots1mom said...

awesome purchase...gotta go shopping...i collect lenox and it looks wonderful on that cherry...u'v inspired me!!

Thrift Shop Romantic said...

Oh, what an amazing and perfect find! And you simply can't beat the price. Don't you just love it when it all falls together like that? Really excellent.

salmagundi said...

Isn't is funny how circumstances play out? I don't know anyone who enjoys waiting while their car is being fixed; but it turned out to be a great experience for you. That's a great price!! Sally

Mam said...

Amazing! And Beautiful.
Nancy

Chez Nous said...

Your dresser and chest look great together and what a terrific bargain!

Grammy said...

What a great deal and a thrill to find something to work. I love antiques. I have a round to the wall one that has ornate twin mirrors. I bought it in 1980 and it was antique then. It is still packed away in the work shop. Since we moved her we still are not unpacked fully.
Have a great week.
Grammy

Tammy said...

Lucky find! I love both pieces.

Carla said...

I have that chest in my bedroom, its from when I was little. My top three drawers are thinner, with a curved piece separating the top from the bottom. What a steal at $20! Just perfect! Thank for sharing. (Love your curved dresser:)

mishebe said...

Hi carrie, come on over and get a reward from me. mishelle

Susie Homemaker said...

It was meant to be...

Warm Regards,
Susie

mishebe said...

Carrie, i just book tagged you. come on over. mishelle

Schotzy said...

HEHEHE! I knew we were kindred spirit! Happy classical listening! Have a blessed Sunday!!

laurie said...

Wow! Great bargain. It looks beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my blog. laurie (bargainhunr)

Kelli said...

What a wonderful find, Carrie! It's just beautiful and you have everything set up on it so nicely!
~Kelli

Karla @ Ramblin' Roads said...

What a beautiful blessing!

Anita said...

Beautiful!

I had an antique four poster bed, highboy dresser, dressing table and bench that were labeled from a furniture store right here in Greensburg that had been out of business for almost 100 years... the tornado destroyed them all... *sigh*

CIELO said...

Very beautiful! I'd paint them white soon as I could.... have you seen my thrift store chests??? they were in a terrible condition but with some white paint they look lovely now... :) Ah, the power of white paint!

Hugs

cielo

Erin~Old Grain Sacks and Lavender said...

Wow!! What a beautiful find at a fantastic price.

Thank you for visiting me today and for your kind comment!

Have a wonderful evening!

Hugs,
Erin

Better homes said...

Great information provided about the Henredon dresser table. Thanks for sharing.