An estate sale can be a perfect place to pick up some vintage furniture pieces at great prices.
That’s exactly where I found an eleven-piece bedroom set.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me about an estate sale just down the street. Later that morning, my husband mentioned the same estate sale to me. I actually smiled when he told me. All I could think of was how patient and supportive he’s been of my filling our garage with refinished furniture projects.
Earlier that week, I promised myself I would stop shopping until I got caught up on all the projects I had in the garage to finish. I was running out of space! So it was decided… I would NOT go to the estate sale.
Then it all changed.
It was 4:00 that Saturday and I had to run out to pick up an antique waterfall dresser that one of my high school friend’s sister was giving away (more on that story later). On the way to the highway, I drove past the estate sale. I was good… I controlled myself… I drove right past it to the traffic light. Then it happened. I couldn’t help myself. I did a U-turn!
It was late in the day and the sale would just be ending. Aside from the people running the estate sale, there was no one else at the house. It was actually the perfect time to attend the sale. So I ventured inside.
The house was almost completely cleared out. They already sold almost everything. There were a two upholstered couches, a few end tables, several sets of china, and a mid-century modern dresser – which I was marked only $25 so I had planned to take that one home.
Then I walked into the back bedroom to find it completely full of furniture.
Two dressers with mirrors. A vanity & stool. Two bedside tables. Two twin beds. A side table and a chair. Eleven pieces in total.
I didn’t even have to open the drawers to know this set was of excellent quality. When was the last time you saw furniture with this much detail?!
A new color would bring these right into the 21st century but with vintage charm. I really wanted to paint them a pale lavender. Or, maybe a pale lime green. Something soft and feminine to go with those gorgeous appliqués.
In the end, the two dressers and bedside tables were commissioned and the buyer requested an off-white.
I chose Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint for these pieces because I just couldn’t imagine trying to sand all of that detail work. With ASCP you don’t need to sand. Starting with Pure White, I mixed in small amount of Old White to make the perfect vintage off-white.
The pieces are shown here without the brass hardware because the buyer was picking them up the day after I finished applying the final clear coat and I like to allow several days or even up to a few weeks for the paint to fully cure before re-installing hardware.According to the marking inside the dresser, this set was made by Sligh Furniture Company (Est. 1880) of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
It’s unclear as to whether the bedside tables where from the same set, but they are a beautiful match. The detail… the casters… oh my!
The dresser drawers are huge and after a bit of sanding and clear-coating of the inside of the drawers, they are perfectly refreshed.
The vanity & stool, the small side table, and the chair of this set are still available and for sale in my Shop.
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Do you happen to know the mark number on the back of your furniture? I just found a dresser online and got it for only $40. It’s marked 1732 Sligh. I’m trying to find out the year this was made. Please reply if you get this! Thank you!
Vicki Blazejowski says
This set was sold a few years ago. But what a great deal to get a piece of Sligh furniture for only $40. Would love to see a picture.
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