THE VINTAGE DRESSER
Updated: Mar 1
Dressers either freestanding or built in, have become a classic country kitchen staple. If you follow me on Instagram you will have noticed my love for these gorgeous pieces of furniture.
The origin of a Welsh Dresser, dates back to the 17th century and like many others, they are an evolution born out of necessity and practicality.
From modern to shabby through to rustic and traditional, a kitchen dresser is not just a practical storage solution but a piece of furniture that can set the whole theme for your kitchen or dining room. It is something that can be personalised when filled with your favourite pieces of crockery, glassware or any other kitchenalia.
I have bought and sold many a dresser ranging from the traditional Victorian pine with open shelving to the Old Charm oak Ercol dressers which I lovingly paint, quite often white either in Annie Sloan, Old White or Farrow & Ball, Wimborne White or Clunch, which generally suit most kitchens. The Ercol dates back to the 1920s and seems to be the most popular vintage dresser to date whether it be the dresser or just the base. The dresser base can be used in virtually any room of the house, even in the bathroom for a sink unit. What I love about the Ercol is it's beautiful unique style and carving which dates back to the Tudor times and gives this piece of furniture so much character.
It is not essential that your dresser matches your kitchen cabinetry, but it should compliment it. This could mean opting for a dresser painted in a contrasting shade to give your kitchen a bespoke feel and creating a focal point at the same time.
This timeless piece of furniture is also a great storage solution for children's books, toys or even to store your wool and sewing materials.
To me a dresser is a piece of who you are or a reflection of the family that lives within.