This is a story about how we (easily) turned an old dresser into our entertainment center.
My grandma had this dresser in her garage when we went to visit her over the summer. She didn’t have a spot for it, so she handed it over to yours truly, who will take almost any free piece of furniture given to her.
The only problem was that the dresser’s brown-y orange tones weren’t going to work with the darker pieces I already had. Also? The dresser was a bit scratched.
So I removed the stain using citristrip, then retained using a darker color.
The whole unstaining/restaining thing sounds harder than it actually is (follow the directions on the jar of stain and you are golden). It does require a bit of patience, though, which gets tricky for me because I typically WANT IT DONE NOW! Sigh. Anyways.
Once the dresser was stained and coated with polyurethane, we put the hardware back on the bottom drawers and measured the space where the top drawer sits. We then cut a board to that size, stained it to match the dresser, and inserted it into the spot where the top drawer should be. We made a few small holes in the back of the dresser to run cords through, and put our cable box and DVD player in the dresser.
Insert a few pictures of our nieces and nephew, some wedding/engagement pictures, and Santa on a sheep (yes, santa is riding a giant sheep here and isn’t it so super-cool?), and we’ve got ourselves a bonafide piece of nice furniture that works as an entertainment center. (And since we’ve stained the top drawer to match, we could easily remove the entertainment equipment and put it anywhere in the house – a definite bonus).
And now, you’re probably all, “but where’s the tv, Jen?”
Sigh. Jason won the tv placement battle and the tv is over the fireplace. Truthfully, it’s the best spot for it, but I always think that something prettier than a tv should get the sacred space above the fireplace. So I’ll be working on a solution to pretty that up in the near future. And Jason will be working on ways to hide the ugly black cords draped all over the mantle. He claims that if he gets a blue ray DVD player for Christmas (hint, hint, santa?) then he’ll be able to eliminate much of the cord bulk, but something tells me that we’ll eventually be fishing the cords through walls and whatnot.
And now? It’s your turn: Anyone else like to reserve the spot over the mantle for something prettier than a tv? Any other unconventional uses for dressers out there? Tell!
I’m sharing this with the CSI Project’s Roadkill Rescue Challenge!