Some Peeks

7.10.2012

I just thought I would share a few peeks of a small chest I bought at the antique mall a week ago. This was another heat wave purchase.

This piece is old and solid cherry. The handles were a brass color so I spray painted them black.

It has real working key holes, but no key.

Dovetailed drawers.



It has dings and patina.






First thing Mr. Savvy said when he saw it is that it will be painted. No, probably not. This cherry is really pretty and not in bad condition. The inside of the drawers do stink. I think this may have been sitting in a musty basement. I had seen this at the antique mall when I found the ironstone and the French enamel house number sign and that night I kept thinking where could I use it? Some how I had mixed the price up in my head. I was thinking it was $395, but was pleasantly surprised to see $195 on the tag when I went back. Then by paying cash I got it for $175. Score!
I will share where it is being used soon.

 Have you scored any good deals lately?

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47 comments:

  1. What a great find at a great price. A trick we have used to get rid of that "old" smell in furniture is store scented candles in them. It may take a year or so, but eventually it goes away. Maybe you or another reader has a good tip for that? I am with you on not painting. It looks too good to paint. I avoid it as much as possible.

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  2. ooooh, fab find!!! Can't wait to see where it is :-)

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  3. Very pretty, Kim. It looks like a very well made piece and that was a great price for it.

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  4. Can't wait to see how you use it!

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  5. What a great deal! I love cherry. I would have bought it too!

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  6. Wow Kim! You are the queen of shopaholics!!!

    Be careful or you will be smelling those drawers. We have an antique dresser that was like that when bought - the drawers STUNK! I would not bring it in the house till we had the problem solved. We tried everything - cleaned the drawers with this and that - sat them in the sun for hours, etc. My husband finally sealed the insides of all drawers and the insides of the dresser. That seals in the smell. No smell now and we do keep clothing in the dresser.

    tina

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  7. SCORE! It's beautiful as-is... great find, Kim!
    Heidi :)

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  8. It does have a beautiful finish. Lovely find, Kim!

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  9. looking forward to what you will do to it :-)

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  10. Hi, Kim, I was going to suggest to put bars of soap in the dresser but candles work too. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with this beautiful piece. Anne

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  11. This is a beautiful dresser, just the way it is! Hope you get the drawers smelling sweet!

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  12. How fun! I love great finds at great prices!! That beautiful antique bed for Ella that I Blogged abt only set me back $100! Not bad for a bed in such good condition!! I love that you made the hardware on your piece black. I think it really adds a lot.

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  13. Hey Kim...you could paint the inside of the drawers with Zinsser Bullseye water based clear shellac...it will seal the odors. We Chalk Paint™ stockists use it to seal water stains and keep them from bleeding through the paint.

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

    http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=245

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  14. Oh it is a lovely piece. Yes, I so agree, some pieces just don't need to be painted. This is beautiful. Hugs, Marty

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  15. That's a great piece! I don't think it should be painted either. To get rid of the drawer smell you could wet small cloths with febreeze and put them in the drawers. You can even make your own febreeze - Pintrest had a link to HomemadeMamas.net with the recipe:
    http://www.homemademamas.net/2011/07/febrezefor-less.html

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  16. We have an almost identical piece in our entryway...it was my husband's grandmother's. It holds the dog leashes, hats and gloves...very versatile. Great find!

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  17. What a pretty piece! I love chests like that. They are so versatile and provide extra storage. I bet you had fun accessorizing it too.

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  18. Wow, what a deal. Its hard to find well built furniture. It looks great natural, but I know this wont be natural wood for long! What color are you thinking of?

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  19. Such a gorgeous piece! I can't wait to see where it landed!! I'm guessing your foyer?????
    ~Des

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  20. Score is right! What a great chest! I am looking for a small one like that for my family room!

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  21. Here's what I do and it works every time......fill the drawers with cat litter, not the clumping kind, close them up for about a week....empty them and vacuum the drawers then seal with varnish. The litter absorbs all the dampness and smell, its not just in the drawers but the surrounding wood too, but closing them it takes care of all of it. Take the drawers out and seal the insides of the cabinet too. Nice find!!!

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  22. Two things for the drawers:

    Buy those things at the store that take water out of the air and place them in the drawers for a few weeks. It will take the musties out - then place baking soda boxes. Then finally buy scented drawer liners - your stink will be gone I am almost positive.

    GORGEOUS dresser, glad you aren't painting it- it is perfect.

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  23. So glad you are not painting it as it has lovely patina Kim. I found fabulous things at an estate sale over the weekend. Just posted a lamp but also got garden planters and a man gave me an old birdbath because I bought so much. Also lots of vintage linens.

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  24. I didn't know cherry wood could be so light and pretty. It's just beautiful. Can't wait to see where you put it.

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  25. Hi Kim,

    That dresser looks like it's an Eastlake. I have a similar one. The keyhole and drawer pulls and raised pieces near the feet are identical. I so enjoy reading your blog! Your house is just gorgeous and our decorating styles are very similar so I'm always interested in what you're up to. After a recent hysterectomy, I just learned that I have a rare cancer of the ovary so my life is turned on end. But I still find peace in looking at all my favorite blogs!

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  26. Hi Kim, you found a beautiful old chest and for a great price too! Your home is beautiful and I think your sunroom is my favorite room. I could enjoy that all year around. Blessings, Pamela

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  27. What a great find, and a fab price.

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  28. Its pretty Kim! We have one my other in law bought for us back when we got married but ours has a funny colored granite top on it.

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  29. I've heard that trick with the kitty litter, but haven't tried it. I've also heard coffee grounds will absorb the odors. I love Murphy's Oil Soap and it works really well.

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  30. its lovely, when you said it has stinky drawers I was thinking of all the ways to get the stink out, charcoal, baking soda, sunshine,

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  31. She's a beauty Kim and what a great price! Try cleaning the draws with Murphys Oil soap, that's what I used on the piece I bought over the winter and it worked great.

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  32. Hi Kim,
    Yes I have! I just did a post on the old gas station numbers that I paid $4.50 and found an old dresser with beautiful spiral sides that hold the mirror and it's on wheels. I paid $50. Hoping to do a post soon. An, I was wondering about the "stink" how do you remove it?:)

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  33. I love that piece, Kim. I don't think I would paint it either. I don't have time to read the suggestions but cat litter (for multiple cats) works great for taking out odors. Throw some in each drawer...close it up....let it sit...dump out what you can and vacuum the rest....then Freebreze the devil out of it. xo Diana

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  34. Kim, you know I love that, and what gorgeous wood!! I heard Martha Stewart say to put a cup of bleach inside musty drawers overnight to get that smell out, but it never worked for me. What I have done that worked is sand the inside of the drawers then spray paint them.

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  35. ..you could also use clear varnish inside the drawers if you want the wood to still look natural.

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  36. What a great chest!!...Love the lines...and I like that you will leave the beautiful wood finish...I am sure the smell will come out.....I did the bleach thing too and it worked!!!...You got a great deal!!!

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  37. A beautiful piece for sure -- this is my favorite kind of 'finish' -- not too shiny, but just a bit -- and some signs of wear. The color is also one of my favorites -- I'm sure it will be around for a long time as it's constructed so well!

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  38. I put cat litter in plastic containers and put in some musty drawers. Closed them up tight for about a week. it worked!

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  39. That is a great piece with lots of lovely details. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  40. Lots of great suggestions for stink removal!
    My trick is arm and Hammer Carpet powder. I just sprinkle it in [unless I think there is damp, then put it in a container]. Leave for a few days, and then shop vac it out.

    It is a lovely piece that I would not paint either.

    Ang
    Solongfarm.blogspot.com

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  41. Very pretty piece! I have a similar Eastlake chest of drawers that I purchased 20 some years ago for $35. The top of mine is cracked, but with a dresser scarf, it's not even noticeable. Have you tried placing kitty litter in the drawers to absorb the "vintage" odors?

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  42. Shopping was absolutely the best way to beat the heat in those high temps we had! Don't you love finding quality pieces? When I buy stinky furniture, I put some baking soda in a cup inside, and it helps, doesn't completely eliminate, but helps.

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  43. Such a cute dresser. I wouldn't paint it either.
    How about a dryer sheet?
    I would love to go antiquing with you. Such great deals.
    Katie
    Let's Add Sprinkles

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  44. Beautiful piece of furniture. I love the keyhole.

    Dee

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