the writing room gets a “new” vintage dresser

TheWritingRoomGetsANewDresserFor the past few months, I’ve been scouring Craigslist for a new writing room dresser.

Up until now, I’ve been using an old Ikea bookshelf for storage and it was just looking rather blah and unorganized most of the time.

Though he looks pretty snazzy in the photo below, I can promise you it wasn’t always looking that neat day-to-day.


My quest for the perfect white and gold campaign dresser was unending.

I found a few options on Craigslist in the right style, but each one was either the wrong color (freshly painted lime green), or too short for the space.

But then one day a different lovely caught my eye…


Totally not a campaign dresser. But isn’t she pretty? (Feel free to ignore Franklin’s ear in the pic.)

She is from a local wife and husband duo called Meg Made who are pros at refinishing great pieces for a fraction of what it would cost to get a comparable dresser from the (awesome) White Attic.

We not only loved the dresser, we also loved Meg and her husband, Joe. We immediately hit it off and hung out three times within 48 hours of meeting each other.

The details on this dresser are amazing. Here’s a closer look at some of the pretty.

I’ve never seen corner detail like this before on one of these puppies.


And the hardware, delicate drawer moldings, and key hole detail are sweet.

(I have a feeling this may one day be one of the coolest changing tables ever.)


While I do realize this new dresser kinda tones down the whole “super prep” vibe I had going in the desk area…


… I’m kinda okay with that.

Yes, it’s a bit more eclectic in the writing room now. But really, I love every single piece in that room. So I’ve come to terms that it might look less “designed” than if there was more cohesion.

Whatevs. This room is a perfect reflection of my taste and I’m the one that has to sit in it most days, anyways.

Oh, and Franklin, too.

FranklinApprovedDresserLuckily, he approves.

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    Gorgeous!! I love the new dresser, very shabby chic! Great job with putting everything together. Sometimes the best things in life are the ones you have to wait for the longest!!! Great job!!!

  2. Kim @ Yellow Brick Home

    YAY! I love it so much (reminds me of the buffet we picked up at Jubilee!) AND I love that Franklin is on that gallery wall 🙂

  3. erin klegstad

    So much character… love it! Also, love the lamp, too (ok, everything!)!

    1. Thanks! I agree. That lamp has ‘nothing’ to do with the dresser but because of the scale and color, it goes quite well. : )

  4. Yasmine @

    The vintage dresser looks STUNNING, Jess! The gold hardware is totally swoon-worthy. I can totally understand why you love gold+white together =)

  5. megmade

    Thanks so much for purchasing the dresser! It looks lovely in your room and you and your hubby (and doggie) are equally, if not more lovely 😉 Looking forward to getting together with yall again, hopefully soon 🙂

    1. I agree! Thank you, hun!! Things are crazy this week with a launch tomorrow (!!) and we are leaving on Friday-Sunday for Philly for a wedding. Maybe next week?

  6. Ashley Laabs

    I’m very in love with your dresser. While searching craigslist and the vast internet, were there certain keywords you found particularly useful in locating the style without specifically being “Campaign” furniture?

    1. I use a CL Mobile app to search CraigsList. It shows the pictures next to the listing, so I don’t have to read or click in order to know if I like an item. For this dresser I think I just searched “dresser.” But I do love now going a bit deeper and seraching terms like “brass” “campaign” or “vintage” to get a more curated selection of items to choose from rather than a bunch of Ikea pieces for cheap.

      I also think it depends on where you live. Bigger cities might tend to have more selection overall. But the bonus of the suburbs is that people often sell things for less $$$.

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