The first part of this project (and another dresser project waiting in the wings) is inspired by Young House Love and their post about painting & staining furniture. They've done gorgeous things, and they've broken me from my 'all white furniture' problem, indefinitely. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The overall vision we have for the island is to have this piece as the base and create an extended fake butcher block top (thank you Pinterest) and use salvaged table legs, with stools for seating. We have a Habitat for Humanity ReStore shop in our neighborhood, and it has all sorts of amazing finds from furniture, household trinkets, and even building supplies. I've never ventured in there until I started looking for a piece of furniture to make the island with. We were looking for a piece of furniture to repurpose, rather than a pair of kitchen cabinets with a counter top... we need some personality!
What I found was this:
Hideous color and gingerbread all over the place. Ugly. Andrew got it home and started tearing right into it, so I didn't get a full picture of the piece in all it's 1960 glory. We saw this piece a month before we purchased it, and I decided to go back and check on it. I kept thinking about it and figured if it was still there, it was meant to be ours. And it was still there. MINE! The size was perfect, the storage space was awesome, it's solid wood, and most of that gingerbread was half falling off as it was. Let me just tell you the amazing cost of this little piece of amazing:
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