Spool furniture, also known as Bobbin Furniture, originated in the 17th century. The shaped legs often looking like sewing bobbins were turned on a lathe. The popularity of this leg goes in and out of fashion but we generally associate it with older furniture. Who doesn’t love those spool beds that were common 60-70 years ago, such as this one found on Pinterest:
I found this unique dresser in a thrift store and was attracted to the legs and its different shape. It was made by the North American Furniture Co. which manufactured furniture in Owen Sound, ON in the early 20th century. The knobs on the piece seem incongruous with its age, so I am not sure that they are original. The dresser had been stained a reddish-brown and given a shiny poly coat. I decided to paint it in Annie Sloan’s Graphite- a great colour for a rustic, old look. Graphite is not pure black but more charcoal and it looks good with dark wax and a bit of distressing.
I originally painted the knobs gold but they were too bright so I added copper gilding paste on top . Now they have a bronze look. The insides of the drawers were stained and dry looking. I sanded them a bit and put some oil on them to revive the wood. I could have painted them to freshen them up but decided to put paper inside. I really like wrapping paper that is made out of butcher’s paper; it’s easy to work with because it isn’t slippery but is still pretty.
What I like about the dresser besides its shape, is that it can be used in multiple places. It’s small enough for a hallway or would look good in a dining room.