Monday, August 15, 2011

Buffet...Now Entertainment Center

There is a large wall in our living room that was calling for a big piece of furniture to fill it up.  I was considering using the buffet but knew it would not be large enough.  I decided I'd find a hutch top to use.  I didn't know what I was looking for, but knew this was it when I stumbled upon it a few days later.

We purchased this at an antique store just down the road from us.  I can imagine that it was a beautiful piece in it's day.

After purchasing the hutch I wasn't sure if I was ready to commit.  After a few hours and exchanged photos with my sisters, I was reassured I needed to do this.

We started by removing the tracks for the drawers to create shelving. Wood was cut to provide support for the electronics on the shelves. Then it was all stained with Minwax Dark Walnut with a cherry shade that was left by the previous home owners.  It was a GREAT match! We also went as far as drilling round holes for cords and purchased plastic caps to protect the wood.  Let me tell you, that was the hardest part of the project.  I hated drilling a 1 inch hole into the back of that beautiful hutch!  There is even a fan installed int he back of the buffet to allow air flow.
The buffet received new coat of paint in a softer hue.  This color was carried on to the outside of the hutch.  It is so functional and perfect for the space.  We did save the drawers and tracks, JUST IN CASE!

Furniture Feature Fridays

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Estate Sale Find

My husband and I enjoy frequenting sales. At one of the first sales we went to after we were married, he spotted this beauty! The finish was rough, uh..shot! But she was strong and sturdy.

After sanding, I gave it one coat of Kilz and two coats of Ace Cabinet, Door, and Trim Paint. Because I knew this piece would receive alot of use I wanted a finish that would stay perfect.

Working on this piece really got me hooked renovating furniture! I loved seeing how something so ugly could go through so many transformations.

This buffet was used for awhile then it went through another transformation. Check out my next post to see it's new and improved use!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

THIS is it!

I've contemplated writing a blog for quite some time now and have always known what I would write about. My hope for this blog is to share with others (probably just my family) my successes and disasters of diy projects, antiques on a budget, occasional glimpses of how blessed I am to be from a family with 5 children, and married to one great guy!

Come along. It's sure to be a great read!