Like a bad 1980's daytime drama, we left off in our tale of antique oak dresser compromise with a major cliffhanger, only it didn't involve murder, amnesia, and a twisted love triangle. Instead, just a simple identity crisis.
After initially convincing my better half of the option to keep the natural unpainted wood grain from being covered up once and for all in a flat gray hue, or even in a design consisting of alternating parallel colors intersecting with one another in a repeating fashion, we proceeded with sanding the whole piece in prep for something...else.
But two questions remained. What, exactly, was the "something else," and would the dresser actually even make it to its potentially alternate "something else" destination after having been originally slated for the DIY paint factory? Or, would Wendy, surely cheerlead by Mel (he hates antiques, you know), decide painting the piece is where it's at, my desires be damned?
And now, the conclusion of "A Dresser Full of Compromise..." (Queue cheesy violin and piano music like Days of Our Lives.)
There comes a time in the life of almost any piece of furniture where it goes through some major life altering aspect of its own. Whether it's being set out on the curb for the next taker, sold at a yard sale, picked up on Craig's List, or offered up at a high end antique house, everything typically has a history, a past life, and a potential for the future. In almost every situation, the continued life of a piece of furniture, no matter if it's old or new, is determined almost entirely by the next owner.
In the case of our hand-me-down antique, we're opting to make it a somewhat permanent resident in our renovated home. Once this piece is in the closet, it's likely in the closet for good. We'll actually place it before putting on the door jambs, and though the door jambs will be removable, we're surely going to let this dresser convey when if we leave our home. With this in mind, and in the hopes our renovation will stand the test of time, we also want this dresser to do the same.
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