On a chilly fall morning last year I found this beauty at the Alameda Antique Faire, just outside of San Francisco. If you’re local and haven’t been, you have to check it out! It’s the first Sunday of every month. I usually get there right when the sun rises to beat the crowds and find the gems.
I’d been wanting an antique oak dresser for a few months before I found this beauty. This is by far the most feminine one I’ve ever come across antiquing. I mean, look at the scalloped edges, original hardware, wheels and oval shaped mirror. The finish is in nice condition too, there’s only a few scratches on the top but I always welcome a little character. Perfection in my opinion!
However, it was a total gamble because when I spotted it, the dresser and mirror were separate pieces so I had to use my imagination quite a bit to gauge if it would work in my bedroom. But I always go with the thinking that if it doesn’t work and I don’t love it, I can always flip it on Facebook Marketplace. So the stakes were low and my gut said yes.
Thankfully the vendor helped me load it into my car for me. When I got back to my city apartment, I had to call my best guy friend to help me unload. He was up for it, in return for a drink! When you find something that’s meant to be, the logistics always seem to fall right into place.
After putting it together and shining it up, I loved it more than I thought I would. She’s the perfect size for the my space and also shockingly functional for vintage. The bottom drawers are wide and deep, plus I like the two smaller drawers for my socks and underwear. I previously had a higher dresser in the space and I never liked that I couldn’t see my jewelry collection on the top.
Since I’ve been inspired to spruce up and evolve my style recently, I re-styled her a few weekends ago. It had been on my list to narrow down the jewelry on display to only the pieces I wear regularly and then store the rest in my closet. I love these West Elm boxes for jewelry storage and display. I like that it cleared up space for a big beautiful vase. This one is vintage too, it’s Waterford Crystal!