Holey moley it’s been a long time since I posted. But I do have a good reason. I spent the last week in Hawaii with my hubbie (for our 15th wedding anniversary). It was incredibly fabulous! The week before that was spent tying up all the loose ends, packing, and getting ready to leave. Not a lot of time left for crafting, let alone blogging about it.
But I am back! And I finally finished the project that I started over two weeks ago. It was only supposed to take two days. It would have, if I hadn’t had five hundred and sixty two other more “important” things come up. Let me tell you I have been itching to get it done.
It was one of those projects that just last year I never would have even considered doing. Heck, I wouldn’t have even thought it was possible. But thanks to the magic of blogging, I am always thinking outside the box these days. It all started when we finished our basement and got a new tv. Moved the old tv to another room so I can watch it while I use the treadmill.
That left us with this:
Isn’t it lovely? Not! Over the years one glass door broke, then two doors on the bottom, one on each side. It just sat in the family room housing our DVD player and stereo, plus lots of miscellaneous junk. You know, the kind that just mysteriously builds up whenever there is an empty horizontal surface. It was quite the eyesore and we have been meaning to get rid of it for awhile.
Then I came up with the brilliant idea to reuse it in an entirely different way. I have been wanting to organize our laundry/mud room for months now but haven’t found a piece of furniture that was the right fit for the right price. I thought, “hey, maybe I can re-purpose this sorry looking entertainment center and make it work.” When my husband helped me haul it and it fit almost perfectly in the space, I was so excited I could hardly stand it.
I went right to work. First I took off the remaining doors and hardware. Then I gave it a light sanding with my hand sander. Didn’t sand it down to bare wood, just enough to give it a rough surface for the paint to stick to. I did a closer picture so you could see a little more detail:
I needed a shelf to fit in the big empty hole where the tv was, so we went to Home Depot and bought a sheet of MDF. They even cut it to size for us. Woohoo! Then I wiped everything off really well with wet rags then tackcloth. I painted it with a coat of Kilz primer, and two coats of Behr paint. (An antique white color, I can’t remember the exact name and I’m too lazy to go searching.)
Measured all the spaces, then headed to Shopko when their wicker was 60% off, and bought some baskets. Now I have an amazing space to organize our laundry/mud room:
It’s still not completely finished, because I couldn’t find baskets the right size for all of the spaces. The four on top, the four on the right, and the two tiny ones in the middle right are staying. The round basket and the laundry hamper will hopefully be replaced with something better. But only if I can find a great deal of course! Now I just need to decide what to put where. The possibilities are endless. I just adore organizing, don’t you!
Man am I glad we didn’t trash that old entertainment center, because I sure love it now. There is nothing quite like the feeling of taking something old and trashy and turning it into something beautiful!