Hello friends! I wasn’t going to write about the quick little makeover we gave this gorgeous 12 drawer Malcolm dresser. I really thought there wasn’t much to say. Superior quality Canadian furniture in a French Provincial style painted in Fusion’s Homestead Blue. However, once I started telling a friend all about this piece, I realized Malcolm and Homestead, each fabulous in their own right, deserve a few words. And I couldn’t resist sharing the photos with you since this is probably my all time favourite piece we’ve ever done.
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The Andrew Malcolm Furniture Company
In the mid 1800s Canadian furniture manufacturing was booming in the Grey and Bruce counties of Southern Ontario. John Gibbard, John Watson, J.W. Kilgour, and Daniel Knetchel were among the well known furniture makers producing high quality furniture from Canadian lumber at that time.
In 1874 Andrew Malcolm, originally from Scotland, moved to Kincardine and joined John Watson’s furniture business which operated as Watson & Malcolm. Under Malcolm’s management, the company shifted from producing low-grade elm to medium- and premium-grade walnut and oak furniture. The quality of their furniture got them national recognition. Their furniture was sold by well known retailers such as Eaton’s.
After John Watson died, Andrew Malcolm took over the business. In 1905, in partnership with his sons, Andrew Malcolm incorporated the Andrew Malcolm Furniture Company. The company expanded to a second factory in Listowel when it took over the plant of the Listowel Furniture Company, which had gone bankrupt.
The Andrew Malcolm Furniture Company made a good name for itself and became even more widely known when it supplied the furnishings for the Canadian Pacific Railway hotels.
Andrew Malcolm went on to have a career in politics. He represented the riding of Bruce Centre in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as Member of Provincial Parliament. The Andrew Malcolm Furniture Company continue to operate and produce high quality furniture until it closed in 1973.
Malcolm pieces are highly desirable here in southern Ontario and we always try and snap them up when we can. A few weeks ago we managed to get a great deal on a 5 piece bedroom set! We plan on refinishing those for ourselves (when we can get to it!).
Fusion Mineral Paint in Homestead Blue
When we do have the privilege of working with a classic, quality piece, like this Malcolm dresser, we try and honour its history by keeping some wood grain, if we can, and choosing a timeless paint color.
Fusion Mineral Paint has done a great job of creating a palette of colors that stand the test of time. Homestead is described by Fusion as a historical blue, from its Canadiana Collection, with grey and muted teal undertones. We think it is the perfect complement to the style and wood tones of this beautiful Malcolm dresser.
If you haven’t tried mineral paint before, you should! You can read about why we like to use it here.
Because I love the piece so much, we went simple with the styling – just beautiful peonies from our garden.
This Malcolm dresser makeover may have been quick, but it is nonetheless dramatic. We hope this Canadian classic is loved in its new home as much as we love it!
As always, we’d love for you to share your thoughts with us in the comments below!