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December 4, 2013

My beloved wedding photographer, the fabulous and mom-to-be Cynthia Kain, asked me to help her find a vintage dresser for her baby’s nursery. She is looking for something that isn’t too expensive and stays within a mostly neutral color palette. She said she would be fine with looking for items on Craigslist and then refinishing/painting the piece — music to my ears. She sent me two options that she really likes already but they are SO EXPENSIVE. She likes this one — um YEA so do I but that price is astronomical — and this one, which is a little less ridiculously priced than the first but we can still do much better on Craigslist. Cynthia promise me you won’t do anything rash…

I have been perusing Craigslist for the past few weeks and found the below pieces as well-priced options in the Charlotte and Richmond areas. She’s from Richmond but has family in Charlotte. I know what I’m doing here.

Civil War Chest

This is an awesome dresser for $445 that the seller claims is from the Civil War era. Cynthia you could keep it as is with the dark stain and change the knobs to pretty glass ones or paint it an off-white to stay within the lighter colors.

Mid-Century Modern Dresser

I LOVE this dresser. Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything about it, unless you want to paint it a white lacquer. But I love the feet, the hardware, the flush drawers, everything… And for $395 it’s a STEAL! This would also make a great changing table — just slap a baby-diaper-changing-holding-thingy on top — seriously WTF are those things called — and stick diapers, clothes, wipes, whatever on the top and be done with it. The only thing this dresser doesn’t help you do is raise your baby.

Art Deco Dresser

This dresser is very unique but I adore anything art deco so I had to throw it in as an option. You also wouldn’t have to make any improvements to it and it is awesomely priced at $295.

Shabby Chic Dresser

Another one you need to trust me on. The seller labeled this as an “Antique Shabby Chic Dresser” — looks more like shitty chic to me but that’s neither here nor there. This piece will definitely need to be sanded and refinished/painted, but could be a great addition to the nursery and it’s a mere $55.

White Ornate Dresser

Another good option for a great price — $49! I would sand and repaint in a white lacquer and then polish the hardware to its original brass if possible — the gold metallic would add a welcome addition of glam into Baby Girl Kain’s room.

Cynthia hopefully this provided you with a wide range of options that reflect your tastes and also stays within your budget. Your husband will love me. Tomorrow I am going to post an inspiration board to give you some decorating ideas. Stay tuned…

Also if anyone is in the market for a photographer, Cynthia is your girl. She is fantastic and warm and I adore her. You can see my bridal portraits on her blog here.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Murray December 5, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I’m very proud of your Craigslist abilities.

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