I love vintage furniture. Sometimes I love painting it, sometimes I love leaving it as is and bringing it back to life, if possible.
I recently acquired an amazing 7 piece solid wood vintage bedroom set: 79” dresser with 2 mirrors, 2 nightstands, a king size headboard, and an armoire. We immediately put it into storage and I forgot to take pictures of each piece, but did manage to get a photo of the armoire and nightstands. I swoon every time I look at the handle area and the details.
I have a history with sunflowers as I used them as a theme when I taught 4th grade for many years. I was known as the "sunflower" teacher. So, when I first saw this set, I immediately saw sunflowers. Even though this set was in excellent condition, it told me it wanted to be a beautiful dark sunflower yellow. It did. It really told me that.
So, today, we have started our journey together. In today's world, I don't think I'm going to find many buyers with bedrooms big enough to hold this set and as massive as it is, it would probably be just too much anyway. So, I am starting with the dresser/ buffet and the two mirrors.
I will be putting it up for sale in a new vendor mall coming to my town called "Sunflower Cottage". What better place to display this beauty!
Baby steps. The first thing I am doing is one of the drawers that has the beautiful handle area. I see the round handle pull as the brown center of the sunflower. Do you see it, too?
I couldn't wait to see what it would look like with the color of paint I chose. I use Missouri Limestone Paint Company's chalk-based paint. I wanted a dark yellow so I chose the color "Grandma's Wedding Band". I will be using a dark brown glaze for highlighting details. But the amazing handle part? It is staying exactly the way it is! As I got up close and personal with the drawer to paint it, I could see it even had a metallic glaze to it that picked up on the gold color I was using.
I only had time to give it two coats. I was being careful around the edges not to get paint on the handle area, so I was using a small brush there. I will need to add more paint in that area.
So, for now, here is a sneak peek of this beautiful drawer with its new updated first hint of color.
Sigh! It feels like the sun has come out and the sunflower is in bloom, doesn't it?
I can't wait to continue but can't continue working right now. Can't wait to get back to it, though.
If anyone has any information about the manufacturer or how I can find out who that was, I would love to hear. I love learning about the history of these vintage pieces. I have searched every way I can think of but haven't had any luck yet.
Update: I have found someone in California who has also found some of these pieces. Vintage Rescues -https://www.facebook.com/VintageRescues/
She had an appraiser tell her that one of the symbols on the dresser might be a signature. The strange thing is some of the pieces have a different symbol.
Vintage Rescues thinks this furniture could be MidCentury Spanish Revival Mediterranean - Brutalist Style. Besides the bedroom furniture, she has seen a china cabinet so there must be a dining room series also.
This is as close to a brand as I have found so far: United Furniture Company Brutalist -https://www.google.com/search?q=brutalist+furniture&rlz=1CDGOYI_enUS611US611&hl=en-US&prmd=sinv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi0-f6rs7zbAhUFQ60KHduGApEQ_AUIEigC&biw=375&bih=712#imgrc=4q_fOG9Fb1s8iM:
Another Update: I have finished painting the gorgeous dresser. I love how it turned out! I t is for sale at $750 and my other pieces are available for custom. For more details, my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link below for Sunflower - A Vintage Jewel Part 2 https://spark.adobe.com/page/xBQdamNlO4a08/
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