Monday, January 17, 2011

Saved from the Landfill!

So we have a new TV and what we really needed was a more contemporary low profile bench style center. What we actually had was an old, outmoded entertainment center for an old fashioned TV. It was good solid wood but no one wanted it because it was so old fashioned.

Rather than spend money to buy a new one I decided that we should do a furniture hack and create two pieces of furniture from one. DH was willing to try but obviously skeptical. Here is what we ended up with.


Before

 Before: I left it get junky looking before taking the shot, much like they always stick their stomachs out and don't wear make-up when they do those fitness before shots. heh heh heh

















Entertainment Center
 After: A low profile entertainment center plus...




















Desk
...and a bonus desk! All for the price of some elbow grease.

Working together on this project brought us more than just two new pieces of furniture. It filled several days with the Radiance of doing it ourselves, of saving money, of working together, of robbing the landfill of a perfectly sound piece of furniture and most of all of enjoying using the finished projects in our newly decorated TV/Office area.

Begin to find some Radiance in every day! Your life will never be the same!

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
- Thomas Edison

2 comments:

smilingsurfer said...

What a great way to repurpose and recycle! You did a wonderful job, was it difficult to darken the wood finish?

Lannette said...

Whew! I've been trying to respond to your comment since yesterday but have been unable to.

We did a test area on the wood prior to staining it. I was serious when I said that I had staged the before picture. This piece of furniture had been out of use for several years and was stored in our basement.

We cleaned it well, lightly sanded it and it took the stain without a problem. It's a black stain. On the after picture of the TV center it looks like the color is uneven. That's actually from the flash hitting it.

The baskets for the desk arrived and they fit perfectly! We're enjoying having this furniture in our TV/Music/office space!