Hi ya’ll! Today I thought I’d share a throwback project from a couple of years ago … our entertainment center made from a thrifted old green dresser.
When Scott and I first moved in together we didn’t have much. We were fresh out of college, on our own and didn’t have any money for home improvement projects. Once we were married and started to accumulate nicer things, we realized that our entertainment center … or lack thereof … was in need of an upgrade.
Scott was home from work one morning and decided to head over to our local consignment mecca: Peddler’s Mall. There’s a lot of junk in there, but there are some cool pieces if you look hard enough. Scott texted me a photo of the green 1960’s dresser and said I should head over and check it out once I was off work.
Well, in the photo I thought that thing was hideous! But once we started to bounce around ideas, we decided that we really liked it. Especially the hardware. This dresser (and attached mirror) were priced at $65. I thought it was a little high, so I called the seller and talked him down to $45! Deal! We brought this baby home and started to work our magic.
The dresser was pretty dirty and needed a little love. First we disassembled the sides and back of the dresser so we could put a shelf where the middle set of drawers were. We didn’t have anything in the way of tools so we packed everything up and headed to my parents house for the weekend to get this project rolling.
Once at my parent’s, we cut and fitted a piece of MDF into the space where the middle drawers used to be. Scott used wood filler to fill the gaps/seams and then we sanded our brains out to get everything smooth before the primer coat of paint.
As you can see, the door casings around the top created a little lip. This was on purpose because we wanted to lay mosaic tiles on the top so that it was more durable than just a painted surface. Before we got back home, my dad cut some holes into the back panel of the dresser so that all our electrical cords could fit through.
This project was completed back in 2011 and I can say that over the last three years, it has held up incredibly well. It survived a move without once scratch. We are thinking of upgrading again by possibly adding some little wooden legs, but we’ll see. It’s absolutely perfect for our needs and if we decide that we don’t like it down the road, it is very versatile and can blend into any room.
What do you think? Wooden legs on this baby or leave it be?
That’s about it from our side of the street. We are starting to get some ideas rolling for our living room, so I’ll share those with you as we nail some colors and fabrics down. Thanks for stopping in!