Thursday, May 17, 2012

An Office in the Making

I've been looking for some key pieces of furniture for an office I'm doing some design work on.  In dealing with a modest budget, it's important to cut costs anyway I can.  Shopping at thrift stores or second hand stores is the perfect way to ensure I stay on budget.

The room I'm tackling is going to pay homage to the mid-century modern era.  Luckily, a few weeks ago I came across this wonderful mid-century modern dresser ~ well maybe wonderful in its former life. 

My plans were to use this as a credenza for the office and although it was a little dingy, to say the least, the lines on this piece were amazing and I knew it was too good to pass up. 

Oftentimes, when I run across a piece like this, the state of disrepair is enough to frighten me or any potential buyer away.  But really, the labor involved is not nearly as daunting as one might think.  You might assume the only option would be to completely strip the piece of furniture.  Fortunately, it only took a few easy steps to transform this soon to be credenza.  *Note above, I did have to scrape off some gooey stuff with a 5-in-1 scraper.  
Then, a good scrub with some warm, soapy water followed by a little Howard's Restor-A-Finish furniture restorer was all this dresser needed to freshen it up.  I applied the restorer with #0000 steel wool.

I think this once dingy and overlooked dresser has transformed quite beautifully into a credenza for this office in the making.  There's lots more to do to complete this office transformation, so I'm off, hoping I can find a few more neglected pieces to breathe a little life into.  Thanks for stopping by Tattered Style!  


  1. I love, love, love this piece of furniture! It turned out beautifully. I need something similar to hold the overflow of dishes I seem to be collecting for all the police officers I cook for. Everything new I buy, I have go get 20 of each - it doesn't take long to have a mountain of dishware and no place to put it. You are such an inspiration to us pessimistic used furniture shoppers!

    1. Thanks Annie ~ it really is a gorgeous piece. Keep your eyes open and I bet you'll find the perfect piece of furniture to fit your needs.

      I'm sure you are so very appreciated for the wonderful encouragement you provide to police officers. Again, thanks for your kind words.

      :) Dana


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