Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meet the New Media Center





Earlier this week I disclosed my addiction to ugly, old, abused furniture.  And it seems like I'm not alone.  Thanks for the back up ladies!   I also disclosed my lack of love for my former TV stand.  Along with my fondness for watching way too much TV, but I digress.

Anyway.... I bought this piece of furniture on a whim (and a whole lot of other pieces) and decided to turn it into a TV stand.

Here's the before....




I like the idea of using a dresser for several reasons.....mostly because of the extra storage and the idea that Charming wouldn't be able to open the doors and throw the contents everywhere.

I could barely wait to get started on this baby.  Thankfully we (not me, sadly....just the boys) had some good naps last week and both babies go to daycare two days a week now to start to get everyone ready for my return to work in March.  (Eek!) And to give me time to do these sorts of projects.

I started by removing all of the hardware.   On this occasion I actually put the parts in a plastic baggie.  Generally I don't remember where I put the hardware so this is a big improvement for me.  Way to go, me,  on keeping the New Year's resolution of being more organized.  Then I gave the whole piece a good cleaning with Murphy's Oil Soap and wiped it down with a clean, damp cloth.

I decided on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray because I'm seriously in love with this color.  Also, I wasn't really into sanding, priming, and all of the blah blah blah associated with regular paint.  But I really, really do LOVE Paris Gray.




I only needed two coats.  This is yet another reason that I'm becoming a big time fan of ASCP.  And, yes, that's a garbage bag doing double duty as a drop cloth.  I may be more organized these days but I'm still too lazy to go dig the drop cloths out of the storage area under the stairs.  I thinned the second coat a bit with about a tablespoon of water added to the can.  I love how this paint goes on and I'm learning not to over brush but to just let the paint settle in and do its thing.  (Hmmm....must try this with the rest of my life.)

Now here's the part that I'm none too pleased about....... I've used the AS wax before but only on white pieces so I probably didn't notice the imperfections.  This time the wax went on streaky and I could not figure out how to fix it.  Many web searches later, a glass of wine (for me), some mineral spirits (for the dresser), and then a third coat of paint, some more wine (for me), some light sanding and a final coat of wax, some more wine (for me), and it looks a lot better.  Basically, I've been adding waaaaayyyy too much wax.  Apparently, a dollop less than the size of a quarter should cover the whole piece.  My bad.  Think I'll be investing in the special wax brush, too, for future endeavors.

I painted the handles in AS Pure White, waxed them (lightly), and re-attached them.




And here's the finished piece.  Seriously. In. Love.




I distressed the edges just a little bit. Distressing makes me....well,.... distressed.  I feel like I've done all this hard work only to deliberately "wreck" it.  I'm slow to warm up to the distressing thing.








And just for fun.... a before and after shot.





I love how this dresser looks in the living room and how much it can hold.  I'm thinking of taking the two top drawers out to put the DVD player and receiver inside so they're not sitting out on top.  But remember when I said, Charming can't open the drawers and toss stuff out?  So wrong about that....the white handles seem to attract his attention even more than the old cabinet did.  We'll be working on impulse control and better supervision on the home front this week.

Linking up to my favorite parties.  

Update:  Sharing with Thrifty Decor Chick, too as my favorite thing!

63 comments:

  1. OMG, you took the tackiness right out of this piece and made it fabulous!! I love Paris Gray too. And with distressing, I'm a big proponent of "less is more". I don't know how you manage to do all this with two babies!

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  2. WOW! What a difference. I bet you're thrilled with it! I love it. It's amazing what a little paint can do. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh My! Your media center looks AMAZING! well done!

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  4. Oh wow, I love the contrast of the white on grey. How gorgeous!

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    1. Just stopping by again to let you know I featured this today on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing. :-) You can check out the feature here and grab a button: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/01/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-35/

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  5. I just ordered this color a few days ago! It looks beautiful on that dresser! Now I just need to find the right piece to use the paint on....

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  6. it looks so luxurious! and i love the white handles on grey!

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  7. looks fabulous! i seriously can't find anything wrong with ASCP!

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  8. Stunning! What an amazing transformation!

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  9. WOW! Beautifully done! I just discover Chalk Paint myself, that stuff is crazy awesome!! I'm posting my chalk painted project tomorrow, come check it out if you have a chance!

    Becky @ Posh Pink Giraffe

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    1. Thanks for the invite, I'll definitely pop over...Love that name!

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  10. Great color choices!!!! LOVE your redo:) New follower. Follow back http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/sweet-heart-pillow-upcycle.html

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    1. Thank you, looking forward to following!

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  11. Beautiful transformation. And thank you for the tip on the AS wax. Like you, I probably use way too much. I recently painted a piece similar to yours and I sold it at a consignment furniture store for $640. The Paris Gray looks terrific. I'm your newest Linky follower. Hope you'll follow back :)
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

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    1. Thanks, Lynn..looking forward to following your blog.

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  12. Oops! No sooner than I posted about this dresser (I saw your post at the Thursday link party at The Shabby Creek Cottage) than I go back to the link party and see the dresser totally transformed in like the very next photo/link! Wow - not even time to explore at my leisure and wait a few days to see the great reveal. But it's wonderful anyway :) Not sure if you can put up removable "panels" on the back of a drawer or two to slip in those boxes and CD player or whatever the other thing is (short memory, you mentioned it in your post but I don't remember what it is now!), so that the front would remain "in tact". Am just wondering about toddler-proofing those drawers. Aren't there plastic clip-thingies that can be inserted into drawers, similar to those that are used on kitchen cabinets, to prevent a child from opening them and getting into all kinds of mischief? The drawer (or cabinet door) does slightly open when tugged, but it takes a special finaggling with the clippy-thing by an adult to get the door to do the "open-sesame" magic. Something like this, maybe: http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=676&cm_ven=RKG_GoogleBase&cm_cat=OSA_Non-Brand&cm_pla=GoogleBase&cm_ite=GoogleBase&orderType=2&utm_source=RKG_GoogleProducts&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=product&utm_term=GoogleBase

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  13. It's amazing what ASCP can do with a piece of dated furniture. The Paris Gray really transformed this piece.

    Stopping by from Tillsonburg after the shout-out from Diamonds & Toads - am a huge fan of Michelle and all her work.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work. And thanks for the tip on the wax - I'm obviously using way too much too!

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit! That wax is my nemesis!

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  14. What a difference! Really great transformation. Glad to have found you!
    melinda

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  15. It looks incredible. I'm sold on ASCP and repainting furniture. I want to go hit up every thrift store that I can right now, haha.

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  16. AMAAAAAAAAZING! stunning combo grey and white ....I just love!

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  17. Fantastic job! /love how chic it looks now!

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  18. Visiting from the Made in a Day link party. Your newest follower via GFC and Twitter.

    http://www.happykidsinc.blogspot.com

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  19. Awesome transformation! Love the color.
    I was laughing at the {wine for me} additions. :)
    Kelly

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  20. What a beautiful job! I love the colors you chose and that you painted the hardware white. I'd love for you to come share at Transformed Tuesday. I know my readers would love to see. http://pjhdesignsoneofakind.blogspot.com/2013/01/transformed-tuesday-23-features.html I'm a new follower. Hugs, Peggy

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    1. Thanks Peggy, I'll be sure to stop by.

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  21. It stuns me when folks do what you do. Amazing!

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  22. Hi Jenna,
    I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! Love your dresser redo!
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/p/liebster-a.html

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  23. Love it! You did a wonderful job on it!

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  24. They gray and white is such a beautiful combination. Lovely!

    We have a blog hop and would love to have you stop by. All posts -DIY, home makeovers, crafts, fashion, oranizing, recipes, anything you love is welcome. It is called Wonderful Wednesday and actually goes live at 7pm EST.

    Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row
    http://www.ducksnarow.com

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Sinea! Looking forward to visiting your blog.

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  25. That is amazing! Question, do you not need to sand when using ASCP?
    Great job!
    ali @ Forty before 40
    www.40tasks.blogspot.com

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    1. Nope! No sanding required which is why I love this paint so much...having said that I just tried to paint my weird laminate bedroom furniture...Not a great success. Stay tuned for that post....maybe I'll get some answers about what went wrong.

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  26. HOLY COW, WOMAN....this is awesome...just beautiful. Love that color and you did such a good job on it. Like you, I am not really into distressing .....just sayin'....:)

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  27. Such a pretty piece!! You did a fantastic job on the makeover! I've been dying to try out some ASCP! Just waiting to find the perfect piece to do it.

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  28. Wow, the finished result is gorgeous! I wish I had to guts to take on a project like this! We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

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    1. You sure will, thanks for the invite!

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  29. Another great furniture transformation! You rock! Thanks for sharing at my party!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  30. WOW! what a transformation.....amazing! I hope you come by to link- http://atozebracelebrations.com/2013/01/link-party-5.html
    Nancy

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    1. Thank you so much for the invitation, I'm happy to stop by!

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  31. This is beautiful! I love the color, and it turned out so well that it's inspiring me to finally try painting the old beat-up dresser that's been sitting in our room for ages. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. This is the Bomb.com great job I love love chunky furniture...when furniture was made good. I bet that dresser is HEAVY....beautiful

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  33. Love it! I've seen something similar on another web site. As soon as my recovery s over from my hysterectomy- I'm doing that!!!

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  34. Hello!
    Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady is LIVE! I’d love to have you share your post!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-2

    Kathie

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    1. Definitely coming to visit, thanks for the invitation!

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  35. That is beautiful! What a transformation. I need to do this when I get a new dresser because the drawers on mine are so broken.

    Also, I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog (it ends Tuesday) if you'd like to come back by and check it out that would be excellent!

    Sara Ivy

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  36. Wow! What a great transformation! Thanks for sharing this at What's In The Gunny Sack!

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  37. Beautiful! I'm going to take my first stable at the Chalk paint on my dining table! I can't wait to get started. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  38. It's perfect now! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  39. Thank you so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a featured button http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2013/02/your-whims-wednesday-97-and-features.html

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  40. Absolutely love the dresser. I know how much work goes into a large piece like this, but what a great result! Thanks for visiting my blog at http://blueheron-shabbychic.blogspot.com/2013/02/2013still-learning.html

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  41. Congratulations! Your dresser (and DIY Craft Room Table) been featured on this week's Martha Mondays! :) Swing by to pick up a "Featured" button and do a little bragging! :)

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2013/02/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features.html

    Amanda
    www.watchoutmartha.net

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    1. Wow! A double feature! Thank you so much!

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  42. This is stunning after your makeover! Wow...nice work! I want one for my entertainment center!!!

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  43. This doesn't even look like the same dresser! You did such a good job!

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  44. Wow!! Love love love it so much! Love the gray and white combo. So pretty! I may have to use this combo for my next furniture makeover!

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  45. Oh my gosh! That piece of furniture is beautiful! That's what I'm looking for too, for my TV and for storage. Did you have to sand it or strip the original finish? How did you take all the layers of furniture polish off? If one wanted to put rollers on this type of furniture, so they can move it easier, could that be done or will that ruin the looks of the finished piece? What else do you plan to use that dresser for? I am running out of storage space in my dining room buffet and was thinking how idea that would be for table linens, napkin rings,etc.

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    1. Hi Betty,

      Because I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint there was no stripping, sanding, or priming involved. (Which is why this paint makes me swoon with joy!) I did wipe it down with TSP so that removed the grime and years of built up crap. I love the idea of using a dresser as a buffet and I can't believe I haven't considered this. Honestly, I've spent months searching for a buffet but a dresser is a way better idea. I checked with Tom (my handyman extraordinaire) and he thinks there's no reason you couldn't add wheels to make it more portable. And if you really don't like the look they're easily removed. Good luck with your project. I'd love to know how it turns out.

      Jenna

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  46. Absolutely beautiful!!!!


    Melissa
    redflycreations(dot)com

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  47. My oh My! How stunning is she now! I absolutey love it. I just painted my buffet "Old White" with AS paint. It looks great...I'm now working on an old hutch and now that I have seen your Paris Grey beauty, Paris Grey it will be. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  48. Very nice transformation! Lovely. Kari

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