Monday 2 January 2012

Tiny dresser/chest

Sorry for the unclear title. I'm just not sure what this is. I found it online and thought it was just to cute to leave alone. So I did my little email and picked it up the next day.
It looks like a full sized dresser, but it isn't. It's only 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. 
I'm horrible at taking before pics. So these are from after I remembered to grab my camera.

Although it had a few layers of paint, it did come off rather easily. (phew) While stripping the paint off I noticed a metal label attached to the back and the stripper I used removed the paint without damaging the label. So I was able to clearly see the "makers mark". This research queen found out (thanks to the wonderful little label) that this cute piece was made by returning injured vets after the first world war. 
I'm such a history buff, so every time I come across a bit of Canadian history I feel so blessed to be able to bring it back to something that can be used and looks so pretty for someone to place in their home. 
This little treasure was made somewhere between the end of the war and 1925, that is when the program ended. I pictured some person labouring over this piece with love and determination, trying to fit back into civilian life after giving their all across the ocean to defend our freedom. I almost wish I had found it before Remembrance day.
I stripped it, sanded it, stained it and it still didn't look right to me. 
Every have your projects talk to you? Mine do all the time. This one was begging to show it's age and look good at the same time. So I tried something new. After staining it, I ADDED paint in a way that I hope looks like I left it there in the first place. 
Let me know what you think. It's a first for me. 

 What do you think of the little splashes of colour? I absolutely love it! 
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  1. Well how cute! What was kept in the dresser?Did you find that out?

  2. I have no idea what was kept in there Amy :( My sister and her husband are army (life time army) thought it would be perfect to hold army keepsakes in. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Very cute - it looks adorable! Good things come in small packages, right? Come over to my blog - I would love for you to join yup to my first linky party - would love to have you!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  4. What a great find. It will make such a terrific accent.