Friday, February 19, 2010

Project Living Room is On!

Last week (has it really been a week?!?!) I dropped a picture hint about a recent furniture redo. Here's a refresher in case you've forgotten, or you missed it....

Different, yes? Unexpected splash of color? I really love it. Here's the story....

Back in the early 1990's, we purchased an armoire for our master bedroom. It was expensive (to us) and well made. It looked very similar in style to this one:

The finish was just like this one:

It lived in our bedroom for years. I can't believe I have no photos of the original, or that I forgot to take a 'before' shot. Oh, well. You get the idea, though.

When the armoire was about ten years old, we repurposed it to the boys' room. We painted it royal blue. The door mirror had been broken in a move, so we removed the door and placed their TV and video game system on the shelves.

In 2007, when we moved to this house, we repurposed it again. We painted it black, removed the door and drawers from the right side, and the shelves from the left side. We placed our big TV inside and added a shelf across the top for the DVD player. The large drawer held movies and video games.

We had been talking about taking the armoire out of our living room to open it up more. It was blocking a window and our living room is pretty tiny. So, last week we (and when I say we, I mean Tim) cut the armoire into pieces.

We ended up with a credenza of sorts. Tim had found some paint on clearance for $1.25 a pint. I had one pint tinted lime green and the other three tinted chocolate brown. I used these paints and ended up with the finished product....

We love it! It adds such a crazy punch of color to the living room!

I'm watching and waiting for some new drawer pulls (gotta be cheap, you know) and then it'll be compete.

I've found a few more things for the living room, like the fabrics from the store that was going out of business ($135.00 worth for $29.00!!) and some metal wall art. No pictures yet, but I'll post about that later. Here's my list of plans for the living room:
  • redo end tables
  • find yard sale coffee table to redo, or try a remake on our current table
  • make a replica of an art piece I saw on someone's blog (gotta ask Sheri if she has the link!)
  • sew a slipcover for a straight back chair for the corner
  • find some funky lamps
  • sew curtain panels from the gold and brown toile fabric mentioned above
  • throw pillows for the sofa and love seat
  • something new for the fireplace mantel

Quite a list, huh? Yes, and when that's done, I have some pretty lofty plans for a dining room banquette.... and copper. Should go nicely with the gold and green....

But that's for another day!

*This post is linked to:

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

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