If you are a regular reader you probably saw my recent post about Spring-ifying the Living Room… and you may have noticed that the ‘springifying’ was rather one sided. I am here to show you what has been “going on” on the other side of the room now… still a few more tweaks until the living room is complete, but so far it is feeling much brighter and lighter and airier. And a lot of the credit goes to one not-so-little refurbished piece.
Our previous TV armoire is a beautiful Canadian made piece of furniture and it has found itself a very happy little home in the basement. But if truth be told it only holds our 32″ TV (only… I know what a pathetic little issue). Since my eyes are not great in the evening I wanted to bring up our larger and better quality TV to the room we usually watch TV in.
I was out on a thrift shopping day trip in celebration of my girlfriends birthday and I came across this little piece. Actually, the birthday girl had her eyes on it first but changed her mind and relinquished it to my greedy little hands. (I really wasn’t going to hog it, I promise). I texted my hubby some pictures but truth be told it was already sold! (to me)…
Isn’t she beautiful! Easy to see the potential. Now down to some serious DIY Chalk Painting business. I used the same process as I did for the little yellow side table and the chalk painted laundry room cabinet doors.
First I cleaned it thoroughly and removed all the hardware.
Look, someone forgot their socks!
Next on to some modifications. My husband is not doing sit-ups in this picture. He is, in fact, switching the side drawers out for shelves. He attached some back bracket pieces and used thin pieces of MDF for shelves to house all of our media equipment behind a closed door.
You can see we have a little helper for this. All he wants to do is build things these days… wonder where that comes from.
Once the modifications were complete, I whipped up (with my fabulous magic bullet) some DIY Chalk Paint using the same recipe as I used for our cabinets, back door, our pantry chalkboard doors, and little side table in living room
The yellow is quite pale on top of the dark wood so it took four coats of chalk paint. Luckily it dries quickly. Four coats later and I think we are done…this step.
Next comes sanding the paint smooth and then distressing the edges as desired.
Lastly a coat of wax… rub on and buff off…
I spray painted the old hardware white and reused most of it – the two top middle knobs are new but fit in easily because they are white ceramic.
The new media console is ready for our springy living room!! Yay!
I added a few little dressing pieces on top… I got all these things garage saleing the other day – the lamp was $6… I added a little sisal rope to a shade I was
hoarding storing in the basement. The globe was $2!! Yay! I love the way the colors on the globe tie into the pillows and art on the opposite couch wall. The little milk jug was $1 and is imprinted with the stamp of a local dairy (I love local touches)… I used my glue gun to add some sisal rope to dress up the bottle neck a little).
Oh, and there is a little piece of driftwood my son brought in from the beach. Now, the space above it is really calling for something. I have a fun idea for up there and I need to get to work on it really soon!!
Here is a little peak at the difference with the new versus old TV cabinets… from the side the lower cabinet really lets in a ton more natural light from our big front windows as well.
The living room is almost done… I will be back soon with a few tweaks!!
Have you been painting any furniture lately? Any DIY chalk paint? Changes to your living room or your house for spring? I would love to hear about them!!
Thanks for reading. And remember, my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey.
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