Holly of Storywood Designs shares her thoughts on furniture, “Every piece of furniture has a story. It has a past, it has people who’ve used it, loved it and abused it. A piece of furniture doesn’t have to be an ornately carved antique to be priceless. It doesn’t have to have a piece of “real” wood on it to be special. Grandma’s 1970’s laminate-topped dresser is priceless because you remember rifling through drawers and playing with all her costume jewelry. Grandpa’s plain and simple wooden desk is special because you remember him sitting there, paying his bills and writing letters day after day. What makes a piece of furniture priceless, what makes it special is its story.”
Last year, Holly wrote about one of her refinishing projects titled, “Beauty and the Beast“. “The dresser, or Beauty, as I’ve named her here, was an old reclaimed English pine piece belongs to Sherry Grooms, a local Raleigh interior designer. This piece was Sherry’s personal piece, a piece that would be front and center in her living area in her new home.”
Even though Holly is a professional furniture re-finisher she stated, “I may paint and refinish furniture for a living, but I am a far cry from an artist. Painting the diamonds on the drawer front and figuring out the placement and layout of the compass rose on each end terrified me! I had nightmares of diamonds not lining up and the compass roses resembling a mish-mash mess.”
We believe that Holly’s finished project is a masterpiece! Each end of the dresser features a two-tone compass rose. Holly white-washed diamonds which were centered on each drawer. “Each diamond had to line up and look symmetrical… horizontally and vertically on the dresser.”
Learn more about this beautiful Nautical Compass Rose Dresser project at Storywood Designs.