My biggest project yet and the best, I think.
Even though I haven’t purchased the new flat screen TV yet (yes, we still have an old square tube television) because I am saving up for it, I have been searching yard sales and Craigslist for a piece of furniture for the new TV once we do get it. I was thinking of some kind of console/sofa table but wanted something with storage. We live in a rented duplex and storage space is almost non-existent, so a piece of furniture with extra storage is always useful.
Then I was browsing in one of my favorite blogs Better After and saw this…
So, I thought…I can do that. So I started looking for something and found this gem for $25!!! on Craigslist! I forgot to take a picture before I started taking it apart, sorry I was excited to get started.
My kitty, Stink, got in the pic too. This is a great, solid wood china cabinet. The two side panels had this wood lattice stuff on the glass, which I removed before taking the picture, but here is what it looked like on my floor…
Unfortunately, the two side panels weren’t doors like I thought they were, they were stationary, so I had to rip them off. Yikes, that was scary. But, I figured I could cover what damage I did with some moulding or something, which I did.
Yeah…not so pretty. Then I primed the whole thing using Valspar Mult-Purpose Primer. I didn’t even have to sand the glossy finish!
Then I painted it with Valspar Satin Finish in Cincinnatian Hotel Ashley Atrium (a light blue). My living room, which is a project in process, is chocolate and blue. Here’s what it looked like before the I got the trim up.
After getting the trim on, which isn’t my best work, but it will do until I figure out how to use a miter saw and put proper moulding on, I took a sanding block to it and distressed the paint a little.
Here is the finished piece in place in my living room, just waiting for the television. A 42″ will fit in it, but I will probably go with a 37″ to start with. My living room is kinda small, so the 37″ will be just fine.
As you can see, I left the shelf from the original piece just stained. Below, you can see how I distressed it.
The hole you see is what I did for the power cords. I need a better tool to make that hole a little bigger and cleaner. My tools are limited.
So, what do you think? Total cost for this project was just about $60!!! By the way…I saw a similar piece in Ballard Designs catalog for $1,800.
Yeah, they are way over priced, but still, I think mine looks just as good and will look even better when I get that new television in there. 🙂
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