Thursday, June 25, 2020

Dresser turned TV Console, Thorn Trees, and Glass Doors on the Wall

If bloggers could get get fired, I should be fired. I've got this great semi-expensive camera sitting fifteen inches from me a I type.... and I can't remember the last time I've used it!  Probably someone's senior pictures. No, instead I use my phone camera.  Which at one time WAS a good camera.  But that was before it sat submerged in a puddle for two hours in Charleston. And then got dunked in a river while I hung on a tree after my kayak flipped.  And then buried in a snow bank on a mountain in Utah. I'd say that's a good plug for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, that it's still functioning this well!  But really, these photos today are pretty rotten quality, and I'm sorry.  It's just me being lazy and using what's convenient!

NOTE: If you're viewing this on your phone, scroll to the bottom of the post and click on "VIEW WEB VERSION".  Even my crappy phone camera isn't THAT bad.  Web version should be much better!

Today let me show you a furniture makeover that turned out so muy bien that I had to keep it for myself and put it in my family room!

I hit the gold mine one day when I was tagged in a facebook post that a friend was giving away a whole load of furniture that she had inherited with the purchase of her house. They had been sitting out in a barn for several years, so the dirt that accumulated may have taken me longer to clean up than the actual painting and refinishing!

I have no idea what those voluminous clumps of dust and fuzz are from, but there was a lot hiding behind those drawers!

Check it out - someone else must have used this as a TV stand too.  Old school style on the back! Not that I know a thing about it.  This is the first time I've ever had a TV in my family room.  In fact, I never grew up with a television, and just recently have we gotten one which we still rarely turn on. HGTV?  I've see it in the dentist office a time or two.  Seinfeld?  Never seen it.

I used my belt sander to take the top down to it's original wood. Adios weird dated black speckled wood finish!

I'm not sure why I finished this in the house. Yes I do actually.  My mom was visiting and she was more impatient than a toddler wanting out of a car seat to see how it would look in the family room in place of that behemoth wardrobe that was there previously. So I humored her and we brought it in half done and I put the Restore-A-Finish on with a rag as it sat in it's new home.

I decided not to poly.  I've decided poly is overrated.  I hate poly.  Sometimes it's a necessary evil... but I didn't feel it was necessary with this baby.

Ain't she so pretty all white chalk painted up?  Hard to tell in my sub-par photos, but I did sand all the edges lightly for a distressed shabby chic  finish.  I left the door off the middle and I think it looks better.  I also did something I don't usually do and that is I painted the door handles all the same as the drawers to blend in.  They just seemed too bodacious to contrast and I love how they blend in.

Okay now y'all, I'm pretty excited about this "window" hanging on the wall.

It actually came off of another piece I got from the same haul out of that barn.  Check out this glass door cabinet:

Just wait and see what I ended up doing with the cabinet.  It's in my bedroom but it's not finished yet so no blog post for awhile. :) 

And now for the greenery.  I have these OBNOXIOUS thorn trees that grow worse than dandelions in the back of my property.  One day I'll walk behind the barn and there are little "weeds" sprouting up.  Next day, BAM.  Fifteen foot thorn trees.  I give up.  I totally cannot keep up with them.  So instead I cut branches off of them and bring them in my house.  Don't touch my house plants. You might end up in the ER.

I almost forgot to mention the wreath!  
When my friend Laura got married at my house last summer, she had all these gorgeous colorful metal wreaths to decorate my barn with for her wedding.  I was lucky enough to get to keep some!  Might have had something to do with being the hostess, but who knows.

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