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« on: October 04, 2009 05:33:50 AM »

Hi everyone!
This has probably been done before me.  I had an old dresser.  It has been used in every bedroom and eventually it was relegated to the garage as tastes changed and bedrooms were redecorated.  The dresser is very sturdy, solid wood, heavy and huge.  I very rarely throw furniture out, I like to wait and see if I can be inspired to re-do it in some way. And I am cheap.   
I hated our old entertainment center.  It was very tall, style-less, manufacturey looking.  The pits!  My living room is old world like with Fleur-de-lis details, crosses and religious themed accents.
So, in looking at the console styles out there for entertainment systems, I thought about my old dresser friend.  The dresser has 3 huge drawers and behind 2 sliding doors 6 smaller drawers.  The best thing was each of those drawers live in their own individual compartments (sorry, don't know furniture lingo).  I thought it would be perfect as a entertainment console. 
It started out very plain.

here it is after sanding and primer.
this is the original wood color.

in action.

the drawers in use.  perfect for DVDs, games, Cd's, and I am old enough to still own a boatload of videos.  Roll Eyes
After sanding and primer, I painted it black ( just like the Stones song!)  Grin
I had 4 diamond shaped plastic pictures with relief details that I spray painted black.  I attached them to the ovalish designs on the sliding doors with construction adhesive.  After that dried I used caulk to seal the edges.  More paint went on the caulk.  After my husband used a big fat drill bit to put holes in the back for cord access I used gold paint to paint to highlight the relief details, drawer handle, legs, and whatever else took my fancy.  I used stencils to add Fleur-de-lis details to drawer fronts and TA DA; entertainment console!  The compartments are great for DVD player, game consoles, Cable box, etc..the best thing is the doors slide to hide all that techy looking stuff. .  I just wish I could hide the TV.  I will eventually get a smaller flat screen,  so that it blends in a bit better.  I am thinking of designing a screen to hide that.  It is down the road though, this works for now. 

this is a little bit closer pic of the details.  I am beginning to see that black does not work translate details very well in photos.  Sorry!
Thanks so much for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009 07:38:23 AM »

looks great!

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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2009 09:44:42 AM »

I think it looks really nice!
The Stones quote made me laugh!
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2009 03:04:20 AM »

Thanks to both of you. 

Papajustify: It made me laugh while I was writing it, which I know is a terrible faux paus.  But, I laugh at my own stuff all the time, I am goofy that way.  I am glad someone else thought it was funny!  I see a lot of things and I want them painted black.  To me, things look better black.  I was doing everything white like the shabby chic stuff, but I have 2 giant black labs that shed at all times and in all places.  It does not work, trust me.


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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2009 11:44:45 PM »

Your painted details add so much.  Gives it an old Eurppean feel.

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