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my obsession: dressers (and their many uses)

I can’t help it.  I love old dressers.  Something about how functional and fabulous they can be.  In the dining room: a buffet.  In the bedroom: a clever night stand.  In the nursery: a changing table

They are scattered all over my house.  It started with this one: a small and pretty starter dresser for E.’s room.   I bought it in Arizona shortly before she was born and was actually painting it when I went into labor with her (painting technique to come under separate post).  I plan to paint it again, this time to match the new color scheme in the room.

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I loved it so much I couldn’t wait to collect and find a use for another one.  Shortly before leaving Washington, I found this one, now our hall table. It still needs refinishing, and some decisions about what other collections should nest on its top, but until then, its a rustic and charming addition:

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And then, this weekend on my trip to the Raleigh flea market (yay, a flea market!) I got a great deal on these next two and HAD to have them.  This one is about the height of a coffee table (another clever use), and will perch at the end of E.’s bed – a storage bench small enough to get into herself.

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Fifteen minutes later, I found this piece in a custom-pillow booth.  The business owner had used it as a desk and no longer needed it.  It will make itself home in our bonus room as the T.V. stand:

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(Oh, and something else I can’t help – lists.  Which is why I found myself visually tallying up the many uses for a dresser with another font color).

LauraJ - what a great post! thank you so very much for the inspiration!

Shannon @ some fine taters - The last one is my favorite.
I need filing cabinets…maybe I can find a pretty old dresser that would work!

Mom - Can’t wait to see how you re-invent these pieces. You have such a creative eye :)
hugs,
mom

Heather - Wow! Those are beautiful! Great finds, I need a better eye for looking!

keri - You are very creative. I need someone w/a creative eye to help me w/decorating my house… Can I hire you! :)

keri - You are very creative. I need someone w/a creative eye to help me w/decorating my house… Can I hire you! :)

Em - I love the Raleigh flea market too! There is usually something there I have a hard time parting with… except when I look at the tag – usually out of my range. I have found a few great things there though! I love the way you did that dresser, and maybe I’ll try it sometime (my girl has a fish themed room right now so it wouldn’t exactly fit anywhere for her… Anyway, wanted to stop in and say “hi” and Yay for the Fairgrounds flea market! Em (emandmikeyATaolDOTcom)

Em - I love the Raleigh flea market too! There is usually something there I have a hard time parting with… except when I look at the tag – usually out of my range. I have found a few great things there though! I love the way you did that dresser, and maybe I’ll try it sometime (my girl has a fish themed room right now so it wouldn’t exactly fit anywhere for her… Anyway, wanted to stop in and say “hi” and Yay for the Fairgrounds flea market! Em (emandmikeyATaolDOTcom)

julie (jane's apron) - I love dressers too. Other than the usual places to have a dresser, I have one in my dining room (holding linens and stuff) and one in our family room (holding all of my crafting stuff). Love all of your dressers…so cool!

julie (jane's apron) - I love dressers too. Other than the usual places to have a dresser, I have one in my dining room (holding linens and stuff) and one in our family room (holding all of my crafting stuff). Love all of your dressers…so cool!