(1) I (not-so) secretly wish that I had a home and lifestyle blog.
(2) I've hated our TV stand from the moment we brought it home and put it together. The fake-cherry-wood particle-board ickiness of it has mocked me for years.
And yet... I envisioned something different there. I wanted something with character, something that would give us some storage for the
Given that it is December and I have Christmas cards to address and mail and Christmas goodies to bake and package and a couple of sewing projects and some gifts to wrap and packing lists to make before we head out of town for a week, not to mention various work-related things that need to get finished (syllabi, an article, and some other reports to write), it's no surprise that I found myself trolling Craigs.list one morning. You know, just to see.
And there is was! An antique sideboard or buffet. No fancy pedigree, but solid wood, with nice-sized drawers and cabinets. And at $125, the price was right. And it was only about 10 minutes from our house!
A few e-mails, texts, one cancelled viewing, and another rescheduled visit later, David and I found ourselves the proud owners of a sideboard/buffet that was incredibly heavy and wouldn't fit in the Prius or the Honda. This is why it's very smart to have a neighbor who has a truck. And some muscles. And is agreeable to moving furniture on the spur of a moment on a Saturday afternoon.
|See how HUGE it is in my tiny living room?|
For $300, natch.
Using it as a TV stand meant that we had to remove drawers and create shelving for the satellite receiver, the playstation, and the sound-system thingy. We pulled out two drawers to create two shelves that were the perfect size for housing our electronic gadgets.
|the light sticks that look like paint-stirrers are the drawer guides that ran down the middle--we popped them off so the shelves would be even and smooth, but kept them in case we want to use the drawers again in the future|
|painting on the deck--thank goodness for the unseasonably warm weather!|
|Mom, you are kind of crazy painting outside in the dark.|
|shelf lining fit perfectly in place|
We wiped it down with some Old English and I put coffee-sachets in the drawers and cabinets to get rid of any musty smells (I saw this on Pinterest, and I guess it works. I'm not sure it was transformative by any means, but my living room smells faintly like a coffee house, which is awesome and makes me feel like studying.) By this time, I was starting to fall in love with the old sideboard. How had I ever doubted it?
|Nevermind the weird marks on the left cabinet--that's just the reflection of our Christmas tree lights.|
OK, in the spirit of DIY/home improvement, here's a before and after:
|I know, I would really need to improve my photography/lighting skills if I ever hope to be a home decor blogger.|
Oh, and Zuzu is such a big girl these days. Sitting around on her deliciously fat thighs. Wearing seasonally festive head- and footwear. #gratuitousbabyphoto
|I'm 24 weeks old? How did that happen?|