1800s Cottage Dresser Upcycled in the 1960s

When I was a kid in the '60s my mother became a master at "antiquing" furniture and was able to develop a small business that ran out of our country home in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Here we have a piece that brings back  fond memories of Mom, hard at work rejuvenating tired dressers and stands with blue, avocado green and barn red updates.

This one is painted in two shades of green and rather than being "antiqued" with thinned black laquer, it was embellished with decals, those affordable accents one could buy (usually made by Meyercord) at the five and dime store and apply to just about any surface.

These particular decals are a fleur de lis pattern. The dresser itself is a sturdy country or cottage piece that dates back to the late 1800s. The paint job and decals have held up well through the years with some wear, just another added feature to this unique piece. Measurements are 36" high, 39 1/2" wide and 17" deep.

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