While hunting for the perfect dresser for this totally fabulous bedroom I’m designing with a client, I stumbled upon Papaya Tree restyled vintage furniture on Etsy. I couldn’t wait to share this find! Papaya Tree is a small company out of Spokane, Washington run by a lovely woman named Lesly. I spoke to her about her process and business.
Lesly seeks out vintage casegoods with clean lines and interesting details, most of them from the 1950s-1970s. I love vintage pieces and try to work them into my designs frequently. Objects from the past possess a certain soul, rarity and character that is hard to match with something mass produced.
All of the pieces are 100% customizable, and you get to choose the exact color combination. A thick coat of high-gloss lacquer gives their furniture a rich candy-like finish.
Being as practical as I am fabulous, I asked about the likelihood of the piece chipping since I know lacquer can get beat up where the drawers meet. Lesly had a quick and educated response to my inquiry about the dreaded chip-ocity level of these pieces. She said all of the drawers and wherever moving pieces meet get planed down to make sure they won’t collide and cause chipping. Smooth sailing ahead!
Each piece is completely re-sanded, all of the drawers get re-waxed and special care is taken to make sure all of the hardware, hinges, and rails are in good working condition. I’m a sucker for a smooth closing drawer.
With prices starting at $675 and shipping anywhere across the country, these pieces from Papaya Tree are as accessible as they are stylish! I have my eye on a piece for my client and a little liquor cabinet I saw for myself!