If you want to give an "Amen" for spray paint season, I won't stop you.
On with it! Back in March I took a trip to the Victorian House in Franklin, you know, the place that had the $3 Barn sale? Anyway, I turned up this old buffet and thought to myself that it would make a spectacular TV stand. The only problem with it was that the 3 drawers in the middle were recessed, and I didn't think our components would fit into the recessed drawers. Plus, I wanted to remove the drawers and turn that area into shelves.
So what I did was marry a man who has a contractor/carpenter for a Grandfather. And then I dropped said buffet into Grandpa Emil's barn with strict directions about what to do. That Emil, he's a good guy. If you know any foxy 80 year old ladies looking for a catch, I will give you his number.
This is how it looked once Emil was done with it:
Yes, I do see how scrolly and scalloped and girlie it looks. But I think you are underestimating the power of paint. The power of 4 cans of white spray paint to be exact:
Isn't it cool? A bit glossy looking in this picture, but it was 6 am, and the natural light that makes for a good picture hadn't shown its face yet. So the components fit... just barely. And we managed to squeeze the speakers into the cabinets too:
But, I think we can all agree that it looks better with the cabinets closed. Yes, I understand the dilemma that creates for actually hearing the speakers, but I've got a solution in the works. It involves the Mr. creating new doors out of either radiator screen or a sheet of caining. Don't hold your breath on it though.
So then, if you really want to see a vast improvement... check out the real before and after effect in our living room.