Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Repurposing a Dresser Into an Entertainment Center

I've decided to switch some things up around here just to liven things up a bit and let you in on some other things going on in my life.  Believe it or not, I do things other than just cook and eat!  Not many other things, but still…  

About 14 months ago I made a life changing decision to completely embrace Lexington and purchase a house here.  I found the cutest little short sale and made an offer.  Then I waited and waited and waited some more.  It was an excruciating 3 days.  When the bank finally got back to me, it was only to inform me that they would be doing the sale of this house "auction style" basically and they would allow other interested parties two additional days to make offers.  At that point they would reward the best offer with the house.  Holy moly.  Are you kidding me?  This was modern day torture.  Restless nights and days lacking focus followed.  After what seemed like an eternity, my realtor called telling me I was now a happy homeowner!

If only that was the end of the story!  Actually getting to my closing date was an emotional story that I'll save for a later date.  Seven weeks, many, many tears and a near nervous breakdown later, I had the keys to my house.  

So that's the story of how I entered the Lexington, Kentucky real estate market.  Once I moved in, I needed to furnish this place.  And I needed to do it on the cheap.  I was moving from a one bedroom, one bath apartment to a two bed, two bath with a loft and a lot more space in general!  Enter my friend Lauren.  She and her husband had also recently purchased a house and they had all kinds of furniture that came with it.  She was basically giving stuff away at one of our girls nights.  I ended up with this fantastic dresser.

Thanks to Pinterest, and the fact that I really didn't have an entertainment center to fill enough space in my roomy new family room, I knew exactly what I would be turning this into!  

I started by removing all of the drawers and armed myself with a can of black spray paint because I was in a hurry and I hate sanding.  It took about 2 coats to do the job.  I lucked out with the pulls and knobs.   After a long soak in some soapy, hot water and a nice scrub with an S.O.S pad they were all like new! I removed the middle row of drawers and from there I began my loooooong search to find the perfect accompaniment for my new piece of furniture.

It also serves as a great piece to decorate for holiday seasons!  I totally love it.  However, after several polar vortex (again, what's the plural of vortex, vorti?), the fact that I spray painted it really started to irk me.  So, right before spring, I drug this back out to the garage, gave it a good sanding and hit it with a couple of coats of Olympic One (my absolute favorite paint.  I've used it everywhere in my house!) Black Magic in a satin finish.  I also slapped a coat of Sea Sprite (also Olympic One) on the sides of all of the drawers as shown below.  When I said slapped it on, I meant it. It's a terrible paint job.  I figure no one will ever really see it. One day I will go back and touch all of that up but the weather got super nice, super quick and I immediately wanted to spend all of my time outside!

Finally, after 10 months I found the perfect baskets to fill the empty space where the drawers once lived.  I was strolling through Garden Ridge when the heavens opened up and angels started singing the Hallelujah Chorus.  It was just one of those magical moments.  I wanted three baskets and they each needed to be about 13 inches long.  Instead of spending $20 each I decided to purchase the smaller ones which were $7.99 each and turn them sideways.  I am in love with them.  Metal baskets with chicken wire, covered in a cream colored linen.  They were exactly what I wanted!

Finally,  I have a finished product that I am completely proud of!  Except for the fact that I still need to touch up the little spot where my brother-in-law removed the track for the drawer.  That sounds like another project that I'll get around to on a rainy day! 

What do you all think?  I would love for you to share some of your projects that you've come up with! Meanwhile, head on over to my sister Wendy's blog and check out some of her ideas for decorating and organization!

Thanks for stopping by!! 

1 comment:

  1. I know I told you this at Easter, but it turned out so great! I love the color of it...seems to be more of a soft black & the baskets are absolutely perfect! The next time we come down, we'll have to hit up Garden Ridge, since the one close to us closed again (& this time I think it's for good). Boo!