29 August 2012

Introducing "Drama Queen"

After approximately eighteen months of racking my brain as to what to do with this dresser I've finally finished it.  This dresser was screaming out for something special, not just a lick of paint.  If you have been following my blog for over eighteen months you might recall the freaky/eerie/awesome story of this dresser and how it came to me.  Before I tell you about it (and trust me, you'll be absolutely gobsmacked by this), here's some before and after shots of the "Drama Queen":












As soon as I saw this fabric I knew it belonged to the dresser.  After a few coats of Mod Podge it came up a treat.

Now as I mentioned there is a very peculiar story about how this dresser came to me.  This was one birthda present that I was not expecting!  The following is a post that my best friend Charity wrote at the time:

Seventeen years ago a young woman relocated to South Australia to repeat year 12.  A young woman with ambition, she knew she needed to be away from friends to 'buckle down'.  She set up camp in a cheap rental and was donated some furniture by her father and step mother.  Upon completion of the year she paid it forward and gave her meagre furniture possessions away, in turn helping someone else to establish their cheap and nasty rental.  She returned to her home in the Northern Territory. 

Fast forward almost 20 years.  The girl, no longer a girl, flies to South Australia to visit her best friend.  They are planning to celebrate a birth and memorialise a death.  The friend enjoys explaining her new passion for restoring old furniture.  She has acquired some new pieces - just 12 hours earlier her husband had brought home a dresser and cabinet which he had found on an abandoned job site.  The woman laughs with her friend, joking that it looks like she had somehow travelled back in time to burlgarise her old cheap little rental.  Then she noticed that dresser.  "Oh my god this looks exactly like the one I used to have" she said, knowing there was no way it really was.  However, she still felt compelled to go and open the drawer, looking for the tell tale sign that surely could not have survived 20 years.  As the drawer opened, a gasp was drawn from the woman - there it was.  There lining the drawers was the naff purple wrapping paper with the gold exclamation 'Merry Christmas'.  In that instant she replays in her mind the day she installed this unconventional protection for her underwear!  The logical part of her mind tried to debunk the reality that was now staring her in the face, who could believe it?  



So I am the girl, Charity, Megan being my best friend and in a strange twist of fate 12 hours before I landed to stay with Megan, her husband had brought her home my old dresser complete with the old drawer lining to prove the point.  I asked Megee "What do you think the universe is trying to tell us?"  Perhaps that we are still inexplicably linked after 24 years of friendship through distance and time?  Or was it our friend and former housemate Jason (who we affectionately called Noodle) now passed on, whose one year memorial we planned to honour the very next day, playing some trick knowing full well how we would wonder and analyse with awe at such a 'coincidence'?

Charity

At the age of 14 I came to Adelaide to visit family which coincided with Charity's trip to visit her father here.   I remember sitting at this very dresser desperately trying, in vain, to fix my fuzznut hair before heading out for New Years Eve.   Now out of all the people in South Australia, it found it's way to me.

I sent a photo of the dresser to Charity today and she absolutely loves it.  I thought about sending it to her in Darwin, but she feels that I should display it in the window of my new shop when I eventually open one - seeing as it has magical powers and all.  Bahahahaha!  But you never know, it could just be my good luck charm. ;o)

Megs x

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22 comments:

Stacey said...

Very cool story! Gotta love when a cool piece comes with a great story ! Congrats on finishing her!!
Stacey of Embracing Change

mjhjzepp said...

Love the story to go with a wonderful piece! This gives me some much inspiration!

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Catherine said...

What an amazing story - and I agree it should have a key spot in your shop to bring all that positive energy with it!

Deanne said...

I remember reading that amazing story before, what a fabulous transformation!!!!!

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

There is I such thing as coincidence. It's meant to be., you did a great job reviving this! I've never used mod podge. Will have to give it a go sometime.
Cheers Fiona

Restyled Vintage said...

I do remember that story Meg, so cool! The dresser looks amazing. I am doing a desk that needs something 'different' on the top of it and I am currently tossing up between paper and fabric mod podged on. Your transformation has got me even more excited about sorting it out!

xx Karen

~ Liz ~ said...

Love your story and the very cool way you finished it. It's amazing that it's the same one at the top of the page. It is startling how completely different it is. Love a funky redo. You knocked it outta the park. When you have a shop, this will be a real draw in the window!
Liz

Alex said...

That dresser is nothing short of stunning and what an awesome story to go with it - now that is some REAL character!

Desiree @ The 36th AVENUE said...

Hey Meg!
How are you my friend? I love the drama of this piece. I am featuring it tomorrow on the blog. Thank you so much for linking up to The 36th AVENUE.

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

First let me say...what an amazing story! And then...o wow! That dresser...the fabric! LOve love it!

Groovy Green Designs said...

Now that is the shizzle. Cool story and an awesome makeover. Glad to see something different than just a white painted dresser. Love your piece.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

this is So fun! and i just love the pedestals on this piece- i have never seen one shaped like this!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

Hi Meg: That is a very strange and interesting story--clearly the dresser loves you! I love what you did with it--it looks a little steam punk to me, which is a look that I love. Beautiful transformation--quite a change from the before!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

what a story! :) How fun is this piece!
I was wondering how you would know it was THE same piece....funny wrapping paper!

gail

sandra said...

Amazing story, and incredible dresser transformation, absolutely love what you did with it.

Sally said...

i've got goose bumps...wow and wow again loving what you've done to this dresser :)

Connie said...

Gotta say the dresser redo is fabulous even though it's not quite my taste. But who cares about me. Haha! The real WOW of this post is the terrific story behind the dresser. It is amazing! So glad you rescued it from its humble beginnings to something beautiful!

Jen said...

Fantastic story! Hopped over from Better After - she was right. This post is a must-read! And such a creative redo.

anna_chronistic said...

I kept going back and forth between the before and after shots, thinking, "but did she add that curvy piece on the back? Nope that was there. But are those the same ....? Yep, same legs. Did she remove...? Nope, that is the exact same piece of furniture. I have to admit, usually I can see some element of the "before" in the "after" pics. I think, "Amazing job! Beautiful redo." This one was such a complete 180 that I wouldn't have matched the two in a before-and-after "Memory" game. Perfection!

Chrissie said...

Absolutely amazing! I remember the story :). Love the piece!

Lisa Davis said...

Where to buy the fabric????