Thursday, March 15, 2012

Using What You've Got

In my sunburst mirror post, you caught a glimpse of the new console that now lives behind our sofa.  Its actually a dresser from a mid-century modern bedroom set that I purchased on Craigslist for $200.  Yup, that's right.  I was able to find a beautiful, dovetailed set {dresser, armoire and two nightstands} for that price.  Yayyyy!

Anywho...since the hubby and I have these awesome closets that fit most of our belongings, we knew we wouldn't need both the dresser and armoire in our bedroom.  The armoire worked much better for our layout, so the dresser needed to find a new place to hang out.  Lucky for me, I knew just the spot for it! 

I wanted to put a console table behind our sofa, and since we didn't have the budget for one, this dresser was the perfect substitute to serve as a perfect placeholder.  Its a bit deeper than I wanted it to be, but hey, beggers can't be choosers!

Unfortunately, I deleted the before picture of this piece, but I do have a before picture of the armoire from the same set.  Hopefully this will give you an idea of what the dresser looked like before...


I love the lines of the piece, but the color and hardware just weren't the look I was going for.  So after the usual sanding, priming and painting methods we used on all of our other Craigslisted furniture {here, here and here}, our new console table looks like this...

No, it's not painted white.  It's {wait for it}....a very pale aqua!  Anyone surprised?  Nope...I didn't think so haha.  And noooo, it is not the same color as the buffet.  The buffet is actually a much brighter aqua.  This is more pale and subdued.  They coordinate, but are not the same.

I wish I could take better pictures and show you the real color of the piece...but just trust me.  It's very pretty!


Here is a picture at night...so the lighting is even worse.  It's hard to get a straight-on shot of this piece because it's so long and I can't back away from it very much.

Of course Perny needed to try and get in a picture...

 Let's try that again, without the cat in the way!  {You can see it's a bit more blue in this picture...}

Here is a close-up of the hardware I chose for doors.  I love that it looks like it was original to the piece.

And the other hardware I chose for the drawers...

 And here is a view from a previous post, showing how the console looks in the whole room...

I have been on the hunt for lamps to set on the console, and the chevron fabric laying on there will most likely become a runner for the top of it.

Piece by piece, our home is coming together! :)

22 comments:

  1. Nice! It really defines the entry way.

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    1. Thank you! That's what I was hoping to do with it. After we get some accessories, it'll hopefully make all the difference in the world.

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  2. Looks great!

    Are you planning to paint the armoire too?

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    1. Yup...I already painted it and the nightstands too. I'm just waiting to have our bedroom somewhat in order to show them off. :)

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  3. Your house looks so beautiful already!! Great job. I just bought the same subburst mirror haha :)

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    1. Aw, thank you Lindsay! Yes, I love it! I can't wait to see where you hang it!

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  4. I love it! You've got the best taste and a great eye!

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  5. I'm in love with your house Gabbi! Every time you post something new I can't stop thinking about how much I want that to be my house! You guys have done a great job!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Ashley! That means a lot! :)

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  6. amazing!! The detail in the hardware is so perfect! And what a buy on that furniture! Go you! :)

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    1. Thank you, Whitney! I definitely was super excited about the price of the furniture haha.

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  7. Very cool! You are lucky the previous pulls did not leave an outline to have to cover up.

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    1. They left a slight indentation, but a little sanding smoothed it out! Phew!

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  8. I agree with Ashley! You guys really have done a great job with your house! I love the new piece! The hardware is perfect. Can't wait to see the runner!

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    1. Thank you so very much!! I'm waiting for the fabric to come in...it's been backordered for a while now! Grrrr.

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  9. The house looks wonderful. All your hard work is paying off. Great job!

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  10. Where did you get the curtains in this room?

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  11. Hello! I actually made them with fabric I purchased. You can see the post here.

    http://retroranchrenovation.blogspot.com/2012/03/f-i-n-l-l-ya-reveal-post.html

    Hope that helps! :)

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