When I got it home I was already getting a bit excited about it, but it hadn't really won me over yet. It was covered in a deep dark grungy finish that fully obscured the wood. I like to have a little wood on every piece I do, but I'd resigned myself to painting the entire thing. At the last minute I though "Eh, what the hell" and tried sanding the top, just to see what was underneath. WHOA. Glad I did, it's the best piece of mahogany veneer I've ever seen. LOOK AT THAT WOOD GRAIN. Sorry to shout, I get excited about this sort of thing.
I was so fired up about the amazing top I'd just discovered, I decided to paint it a fairly bold color of teal. I don't do a lot of really bright colors but it felt so incredibly right for this piece and I thought, "Eh, what the hell". I posted just the teensiest sneak peek at this piece this afternoon and I'm absolutely overwhelmed by the positive reception. I love this dresser, so glad you all love it too. Now she needs a forever home.
On a side note, the dresser retains the original maker's label. It was made by the Warren Table Company of Warren, PA. The company was in business for the last decade of the 19th century, and closed its doors just before WWII. This piece was made in Warren, then shipped to a furniture store in Fairfield, CT, where it was then sold to its first owner. I'd guess it dates to about 1915. It's mahogany, mahogany veneer, and tulip poplar.
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