Oh my goodness! It’s finally Friday, you guys! I feel like Fridays are extra special once school starts back up. Like they actually mean the end is near! Well, at least a couple days worth of “end”! No more packing lunches or running kids back and forth to their schools! It’s a glorious feeling! Earlier this summer, my cousin brought over this dresser for their baby-to-be’s room! I don’t usually do custom pieces, but I’m so glad I said I’d help them out when they asked me to redo this garage sale find for them. I haven’t been buying a whole lot of furniture lately, so it was fun to work on a new piece. Here’s what the dresser looked like beforehand. It’s such a pretty piece with lots of character. I hated covering up the wood on the drawers, but to make it work with the overall design, I painted them. I think there’s enough character in the rest of the piece to make up for it! The back had been taken off the piece before they bought it and we’re pretty sure the top was not original. Thankfully, we were able to reuse the top and my hubby made a back piece to sit behind it where there was a gap. I originally wanted to stain the back piece to match the top that I was re-staining, but I really love how the white pops against the top now. It really finishes it off! This piece was a little stubborn. There was bleed through on some of the drawer fronts that I had to keep covering up with shellac. So I’m pretty sure there are at least 4 or 5 coats of paint on this thing! And oddly, the back piece was acting up, too, and was soaking the paint up differently in spots, so I threw a coat of shellac on that, too, and it finally started behaving! There are so many factors to custom pieces and, honestly, they scare me a little because I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to give the person exactly what they want. I usually just get a picture or two before I quote them, so I can’t really tell what shape the piece is in before I commit. There are always some compromises along the way on both sides. Some things I just can’t do given what shape the piece is in and some of the ideas I have, the client doesn’t want. It’s definitely a balancing act, but I’m always happy with the end result once I’m done. And so far, the clients have been, too! 🙂 In a way, it’s more special than having someone buy a piece they see in the shop. Because I made it just for them!