Editor’s note—in case it’s helpful, I shared some tips for buying vintage furniture in THIS POST, including some more details about my buying process for this green faux bamboo dresser.
I’m so excited to share my new green lacquer dresser with you all today! I’ve had it for about two weeks now, but I already know this a piece I am going to cherish for years to come. I haven’t yet styled it, but I couldn’t wait to show you guys. So, today’s pictures are literally just of the dresser and my beloved flamingo watercolors by Inslee, which are definitely hung too high for the piece.
To back it up some, I first fell in love with the idea of owning a green lacquer dresser when Mackenzie shared one on her blog. She purchased her vintage piece from The Collected Eclectic Home, and while I loved their work, it definitely was not in my 2015 budget. I poked around on the internet for a less expensive version, but surprisingly, green lacquer dressers are hard to come by. So I let it go for several years and just made do with the black dresser I had.
Fast forward to this past fall, and said black dresser was literally falling apart. The drawers were all off the tracks, and the top piece of particle board was literally just propped up. I reinvigorated my search for the perfect green lacquer dresser. I quickly realized that I was probably going to have to buy a vintage piece and have it refinished since I wasn’t finding anything new that spoke to me.
I loved the look of Mackenzie’s dresser, so I started searching around for a vintage faux bamboo Thomasville Allegro dresser. Monica has had great luck with One of a Find Charleston, so I began following their Instagram in case one went up for sale, and I reached out to The CEH to see what they had in stock. During my search, I discovered The Resplendent Crow on Etsy and low and behold, a seven-drawer vintage Thomasville Allegro faux bamboo dresser was for sale and in my budget.
I sent The Resplendent Crow a message on Etsy to get more pictures of the dresser and inquire about what the drawers looked like inside. The shop owner, Sucheta, messaged me back almost instantly with more pictures, offered to line the drawers for me, and provided a quote on what would it take to ship the dresser to me via her white-glove delivery service. She had such good Etsy reviews and was so helpful that I felt comfortable purchasing the dresser without seeing it.
Part of why I purchased the dresser from The Resplendent Crow was that their professional lacquering services were included in the price. I certainly didn’t want to do it myself or have to go through the pain of getting the dresser shipped to me, and then transporting it to someone local to do the lacquering. I told Sucheta that I wanted the dresser to be green and asked if she had any advice on color. She directed me to her Instagram for inspiration, and after running a poll between two shades of green on my Instagram Stories, I opted for a beautiful green called Seaweed. I love it because it’s vibrant and bright, but still muted enough that it’s not overwhelming and will transition well into more mature spaces when I have a ~real house.
A couple of months later, Sucheta’s white glove delivery service dropped this beauty off at my apartment! There were a few small chips in the lacquer from transit that I was pretty disappointed about, including one large one that was about two inches long on one of the legs, but Sucheta sent over some touch up paint and a foam paintbrush so I could fix them. Once you touch them up, they really are unnoticeable.
EDITOR’S NOTE—I’ve had this dresser for almost three years now and while I am very gentle with this dresser, I do notice that the lacquer chips easily, especially where the drawers and actual body of the dresser meet. I have accepted this as reality, even though it is annoying given it was a sizable investment. I would still buy from Sucheta again, but I would recommend proactively asking for touch-up paint when you purchase your piece. Sucheta has been so kind and sent me touch up paint twice more since my original purchase (I paid her for it) so I can fix any chips that occur.
This dresser looks perfect in my bedroom and I am really am so happy with the purchase. Let me know if you have any questions about my experience with The Resplendent Crow or the search for the perfect vintage dresser—I’m happy to answer them!