Jenny Lind dresser

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I can’t even begin to tell you how long it took me to prep this piece and get it ready for paint. The former owner had slapped some kind of something or other all over it, in an attempt to refinish it, but then gave up and left it. By the time I got my hands on it, it had been sitting in a storage unit for years and years. Can you say yuck?!

But I love love love how this adorable little dresser turned out. It reminds me of a robin’s egg. It’s not too big, not too small, and could be used in so many different ways. Great for a boys or girls bedroom, a baby nursery, or even a TV stand. And how fabulous would this look by the front door, to stash all that stuff that needs to be stashed….hats, gloves, umbrellas. I was even thinking it might look great in my dining room as a buffet. What a great place to store my placemats, candles, etc!


DIMENSIONS: 38″ wide, 29.5″ tall, 16″ deep
PAINT: Glidden Duo – Paint & Primer, True Turquoise / GLB07
PRICE: $125

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Before the Restoration:

I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a Jenny Lind piece of furniture. For those of you who’ve never heard of her, Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer, often known as the “Swedish Nightingale”. One of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century, she performed in soprano roles in opera in Sweden and across Europe, and undertook an extraordinarily popular concert tour of America beginning in 1850.

So how did she become associated with the furniture style we still refer to today as Jenny Lind? Many things were named after her during her lifetime including a clipper ship The Nightingale, the Jenny Lind Polka, parks, streets and even a Gold Rush era California town. Cottage-style spindled furniture bore her name after she reportedly slept in a bed with turned spindle posts. The name stuck and so has this style of furniture.

The first time I ever saw a piece of Jenny Lind style furniture, was on the Land of Nod website. They’ve been carrying it for years and it’s absolutely amazing. I knew then that I HAD to get my hands on a piece sooner or later. And yeah for me, the time has finely come. So stay tuned!
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About Kristen Buckley

Kristen is a transplanted Bostonian who loves North Carolina and can't even imagine living anywhere else. She has been restoring furniture her whole life and has recently found the time to expand beyond just doing it for her own home.

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