Mountian School Dresser

BEFORE

AFTER

This dresser was formally Seth’s.  Due to it’s small size and the ill proportions of his closet the dresser was ready to move on.  In the fall I had the inspiration to refurbish it as a Mountain School dresser for sale at this year’s auction.  I did not have a clear vision in my mind other than the red sections and hooks for puddle boots, backpack and water bottle.  Seth and I painted the drawers, and Seth had the inspired idea to mask off the grey wood on the drawers and keyholes.  The effect is quite nice.  There was much ado about what should go on the front of the drawers.  Seth wanted all sorts of animal tracks, and I wanted to stay chicken neutral.  Eventually we had to agree to disagree and stick with the chicken motif.  The top drawer is the creek drawer, and the bottom drawer is the redwood drawer.  Although I got the creek idea from a fancy design blog, I tried to render the rocks and water in a more relaxed manner.

I got these cute boot shapes from a door mat design in a Garnet Hill catalog.  This proved a blessing because puddle boot renderings are outside of my visual language.  Needless to say, the trees on the other side were easy.  The aesthetic turned out really graphic and vibrant, a true reflection on our time at Mountain School.  Although, while Seth was in Mountain School I never would have had time to do a project like this.  I guess I don’t really have the time now, but I made it fit.  It always feels good to make something with my hands, weaving the tactile illustrative process into my everyday routine.

The most interesting part proved to be the missing back-splash.  The back-splash was lost some time ago, leaving a funny 3/4 inch space.  I puzzled over what to put there and kept coming back to corks.  Not only did they fit perfectly, corks are a quintessential part of the Mountain School construction experience.  We poked holes in the cork with an awl and got this coated wire from the hardware store.  I thought we would twist different shapes for the photo holders, but the fern fiddleheads tied it all together perfectly.

Good luck on your next adventure little dresser!