Saturday, August 21, 2010

the destroyed waterfall dresser

I found these two interesting little pieces of furniture at a garage sale and soon realized they were part of an antique waterfall-style vanity and had once been connected by a middle piece and topped with a beautiful mirror.  They looked pretty rough.  So rough, that I caught my mom hauling them out to the burn pile and just about to light a match to them when I stopped her with a heart-stopping "MOTHER, WHAT ARE YOU DOOOOING?!"  Busted.  She gave me one of those looks and I knew she was picturing my place being featured on the next Horrid Hoarders show.  But, I proved her wrong, and I kind of think they cleaned up good! 
BEFORE - I ripped off that outer layer or veneer
AFTER - gave it a good sanding, painted it white and black.  I painted the original drawer pulls on the bottom, but found some round wood ones for the top that I thought suited the new style better.


  1. I just found out that these are really sought after and considered rare. They are called Swing style Waterfall and I have two matching nightstands that I got at a yard sale for $5 for the both of them and they are in very good condition but now I am thinking about doing this to mine. Yours look fantastic!

  2. Mine is also part of a dresser that had been cut apart. You did a great job restoring them. I haven't started working on mine yet, when I do I hope it turns out as well as yours.


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