Monday, July 11, 2011

Craigslist Dresser...Done?

Hello, all! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was pretty mellow...I started working on a couple sunburst mirrors. I would be done but it was SO hot and humid, I didn't want to go outside to paint them. So, hopefully today after work I will be able to get those done!

Today I'm going to show you a peek at my downstairs family room. This room is BAD. Disgusting. It has been severely neglected since we moved in to this house a year and a half ago. My husband and I can't agree on a direction for this room to take. We've got two of his outdoorsy, sportsman type pictures hanging down here and as much as I hate them, I feel like I need to give him some input. I told him that we can put his autographed baseballs and bat down here somewhere (because I flat-out refuse to put them in the bedroom, where he really wants them!) but I don't know how to mix his sports memorabilia with the outdoorsman type stuff. I swear that one of these days I will figure it out. It's at the top of my to-do list!

Anyway, here is the TV wall. We used to have an entertainment armoire here but it just seemed too heavy for the space. In the interim, we've been using this old farmhouse table that I used to use for my desk.

Look at all that clutter! It drives me so crazy. Luckily, I spend so little time down here that I don't need to see it constantly. I realized that we needed a solution for storage so I was on the hunt for a dresser I could use as a media stand.

Enter my $35 Craigslist dresser...

I loved the faux bamboo trim on here. It's also huge and heavy. It is going to provide so much storage!

I sanded...

...and primed.

...and had issues with the paint bubbling, chronicled here. I really was exasperated and had to fight to keep myself from giving up.

Well, after sanding and re sanding a few (10?) times, I finally got it looking pretty!

I've still got a lot of work to do in this room. It's a work in process :)

I still need to get some new hardware for it. The dresser was missing one of the original pulls. Unfortunately, there is no way I'll be able to find a match because they are so unique, so I'm on the hunt for new ones. I'm thinking some polished chrome would look really pretty on there.

I have some posts in process for this week and like I mentioned earlier, I'm really hoping to get those sunburst mirrors done. So, my question for today is...what have you found on Craigslist?

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  1. Looks like you're heading in the right direction. And agreed baseballs and bats do not belong in the bedroom. :)

  2. Looks great!! I love the bamboo too. Aren't you happy you didn't give up? Found you at Sarah's link party. : ) ~ Catie

  3. Looks like you did a great job but it also looks to need colour. Sorry...I'm just not a neutral person, love to see a colour added to really make a room sing.

  4. Great find!! Love it in white!!

  5. Very nice. I'm more impressed by your perseverance. I hate sanding!

  6. I adore it! I love me some faux bamboo!! The white looks gorgeous...if you wanted to find some super fun knobs that would go with the style of the dresser I'd try World Market! They have really amazing ones that would ad a pop of color but also be similar in style. You did an amazing job mama! :)

  7. I love these bambooish dressers. Nattybydesign did one recently as well. I love finding inspiration all over the place:) Glad to see you've upgraded to the larger tv stand.


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