March is Women’s History Month. It wasn’t always a whole month. It started off as a day (March 8th), it then turned to a week, and then, thanks to Jimmy Carter in ’87, we got a month. Way to go, ladies! After the recent election, I think some of us were thinking a lot more about women’s rights and equality. (Side note: it’s hard not to get a little political on this, I apologize.) I think Hilary Clinton opened our eyes to what we are able to accomplish. If it wasn’t what she has done, there was something that resounded in me within her concession speech. More on that in a moment. Another thing I was particularly drawn to was her consistent attire color choice. Ok, ok, I know it sounds crazy, but she always was selective on the color of her pantsuit. Colors have meaning. White and purple are the colors of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. Pair that with this quote from her concession speech,
“And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
This quote gets me every time. It got me thinking. I know what I go through every day regarding self-doubt, fear of not achieving my goals, etc. We cannot pass this on to future generations. So, my contribution for Furniture for the Fight this month is this dresser. A percentage of the proceeds will go to Running Start. An organization that helps young girls to become leaders.
A little back story:
This dresser was donated to me by a super rad lady friend. She is always the first to stand up and be vocal on behalf of all women and minorities, call her representatives, and, overall, just a bad ass babe. That being said, I knew this piece already had some good juju. In order to get to the core of that juju though, I had to use a little elbow grease and sand down the already peeling finish. This piece had a little structual work that needed to be done so I made sure get the joints strong again, fill in some wholes, put in some extra braces. After, I painted her, in honor of women’s suffrage, antique white. I applied walnut wax finish and buffed it off to give it an antique finish. I applied Danish oil to the inside of the drawers to give the wood a natural golden glow. I then replaced the traditional drawer pulls with mercury gold knobs and line the drawer with white and gold paper. And vioala!
Before: drawer pulls
Before: inside of drawer
After: drawer liner (screws have been cut down since)
After: drawer pulls
This dresser is FOR SALE. it is $435 (after tax) and 25% will go to Running Start.
Please contact me at lauralee (at) madebylauralee (dot) com