There should be a rule on Craigslist. An assurance. A box to check. A guarantee. SOMETHING!! That all Craigslist sellers will wear PANTS!!
This dresser had such a great shape and such a great price that I decided to ignore the "weirdo warning" alarm going off in my head when I talked to the seller on the phone. He just sounded weird. Not, I-will-just-be-wearing-underwear-when-you-arrive weird, but, weird. Everyday weird.
I always take someone with me when Craigslist shopping. Always. You should too. This time, the guy sounded strange enough on the phone that I insisted that my oldest son come with me. He's 6'1" and pretty strong, I've seen him fight with his brothers. I felt like we would be ok. We each put a knife in our pocket. Did you read that? I put a KNIFE in my pocket, for FURNITURE. Are you kidding me??!!
Truth be told, when we arrived, the dresser was in his open garage and he lived in a townhouse community with several people outside. Otherwise, when he met me at the door in his underwear, I would have simply averted my eyes, bolted to my truck and left. But I could see the dresser and the peeling paint and I had a KNIFE in my pocket. A knife. My mother would be so horrified.
After what may have been the quickest Craigslist buy ever, I didn't open a single drawer, we were out of there! Creeper!
Sometimes a piece of furniture just tells you what it wants to be and this was one of those. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey and Old White with some rubbed back places revealing a bit of Provence. It had such fantastic chippy paint, there is no good way that I know of to recreate that, so I left it. I sanded it down a bit to remove the loose pieces but most of it was still in place, yaaaay! I love the way this turned out!
After removing the orange rope handles that were obviously original to the piece :-) I filled the holes, drilled new ones and added sparkly crystal knobs. Perfection!
After a stern warning to my son to "do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do" I guess it might be necessary to add another question to my Craigslist seller list;
1)Is the piece in reasonable structural condition?
2)Is it in a location that can be easily accessed?
3)Will you be wearing pants?
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