Henry Link Dresser Makeover | Lost & Found

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Several months ago while I was working on my Duck Egg dressers, I  decided to paint one of my own pieces while I had the extra Duck Egg Annie Sloan paint.

It was this piece, given to use for free back when my husband was getting his Master’s Degree and we were pinching every penny we had:


It was a neat piece, and I liked the distressed look of it, but it was a little too distressed if you know what I mean.  It looked like a dog had chewed on one of the front legs, and there were several big dings out of the wood.  But again, it was free!

It hung out in our guest bedroom for awhile, and then it found a new home in this awkward corner by our entryway.

I was doing some rearranging to get ready for the arrival of #3, and I decided to use the small chest that was in the awkward spot as his changing table.

So, the free yellow chest of drawers was put in its place, and ended up fitting the spot quite well. Unfortunately, the distressed yellow was almost the same color as our walls, so it definitely needed a new color to make it sing.

Here is what it looks like now:


Much better!  I was going for shade that matched the gray/blue in my favorite home decor piece, my Pottery Barn wool rug.


I use that gray/blue as an accent color throughout my main living space.

Well, here’s is where the story gets fun!

Last week, I was looking around on Pinterest to get some furniture painting inspiration, and spotted a chest that looked exactly like mine! I made my way to the original blog and discovered that it was a Henry Link piece from his Bali Hai collection, made popular in the 1970’s.

There is quite a following out there for this specific vintage line, and here I was with my own piece!  Who knew?

Now that it’s repainted, I think it is truly beautiful.  I ended up going with a custom mix of Duck Egg blue and French Linen, topped off with Antique White accents and Dark Wax.

I love now how the detail of the faux bamboo really stands out.



The original hardware is also fantastic.


And now since I’m in the know on Henry Link, I have been keeping my eye out for pieces for sale.  I found this cute little nightstand for $20 on CL earlier this week.


I’m not sure if it’s for real or a knock-off, but it has that same great hardware and faux bamboo detail.


Maybe I’ll start my own collection.


Update on my French Settee, it sold 3 weeks after putting it in my space, along with the matching chair I reupholstered!  I had the privilege of meeting the customer who purchased it.

She was a sweet young mom, who was expecting her second little girl.  She was putting together a french themed nursery, and thought both pieces would be perfect.

One day she envisioned her two little girls curling up on the settee reading books together . . . I love it!  It was a joy to get to hear how my work was going to be used.  She said she would email me some pictures of the nursery when it was all finished.

Linking up to Furniture Feature Friday


Monday 26th of August 2013

LOVE THE REDO! its a great piece, I would love to feature it, if that would be ok, please let me know, lauren


Monday 26th of August 2013

Thanks you Lauren! That would be great. I appreciate it! Melanie


Friday 23rd of August 2013

I love the way the dresser looks like bamboo. It looks great, I love the color.

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