The Story of a Rediscovered Classic Designer
- Original Materials: Solid Birch, Maple, & Walnut, with Oak veneer & composite board in the door.
- Refinished With: Robin’s Egg Blue Latex Paint, Minwax Dark Finishing Wax
- Dimensions: W – 58″ (147cm), D – 17.75″ (45cm), H – 31″ (79cm)
- Retail Price: $1,299.00
This beautiful dresser sat in my parent’s guest-room for nearly forty years, mostly neglected. As far as I know, no one ever looked at it much, but my Mom loved it all the same. Of course, before I got it, it was painted with an opaque brown varnish that all but obliterated the luscious grain of the wood veneers.
To my surprise, the wood beneath the oak veneer was a combination of birch and maple. In sanding down the veneers, we get to see some glorious joinery and the signs of a true master cabinet-maker.
Kroehler has been making custom, high-end cabinets and furniture for well over a century and my Mom only knew it was something special, because the friend who gave it to her said: “We bought it in the ’50ies and it was expensive. We went to the manufacturer in the states to get it.” After doing a little research, it appears it was expensive for that time and now. It seems to have sold at that time for over $1,000.00 USD. And they bought a whole set of many custom made cabinets that went to their children. I’d love to see those!
The drawers are all solid wood and are made with maple for the small drawers, and the big ones look to be fronted with walnut.
It currently is being loved by my daughter in her room, where she is carefully cleaning and enjoying it.