Monday, October 22, 2012

That's Pin-tastic: Livingroom Storage

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I've been wanting a storage area in the living room for a bunch of Adalyn's toys.
Thankfully her bedroom right now is big enough that most of her toys are in her room and we spend a lot of time in there, but we do  spend time in the living room and it's nice to have toys down there too.

But it's not so nice when you have to see all of them.

So here's my project for the week:
I found this DIY dresser to storage unit for the living room and I knew I had to give it a try.
It took a little while for me to find the perfect dresser {and by "a little while" I mean I'm so impatient and when I get something in my head I need to do it n.o.w. so I didn't search high and low for the perfect dresser, but it took a couple days}.
 I found one that would work perfectly on craigslist for $15.

Originally I was planning on using a dresser I already had, but after further inspection it wasn't real wood, it had runners for the drawers and no bottom area for me to put the baskets on.
 Could I have made it work? 
Of course. 
But it would have been a lot of extra work and to be honest, I was lucky enough if I finished this project. 
To be really really honest, I'm lucky enough if I can even get the laundry washed, folded and put away...within a week of doing it. But that's beside the point...

So I found this perfect dresser. 
It was real wood. 
It was a simple style. 
I liked that it had "legs" to give it a not quite dresser feel. 
It was pretty old. 
And dirty. 
And smelled. 
But it was $15. 
And it was just was I needed.

So I put on the official painting attire

Gathered up the key ingredients for a makeover

Gave it a quick cleaning, took out the drawers and the hardware and primed it. 

Impatiently waited for that to dry and sprayed on my first coat.
Followed by an extremely sore/numb finger and wrist. 

Impatiently waited for coat number 2.

Impatiently waited to bring it into the house. 

Smudged a few spots. 

Retouched the smudged spots. 

Impatiently waited some more. 

Went out to buy baskets to kill some time while they dried and obviously it was needed to complete the look anyways, so it was a win-win. 

Found the perfect baskets. 

Retouched a few more spots.

Impatiently waited and may or may not have brought it into the house with a few not 100% dry spots. 

Mr. B sawed off the the middle wood piece so the baskets could lie flat. 
This was something I could've done, but why would I go through all of that when my wrist is now limp and I have a wonderful, talented husband to help me out??
 Oh yeah and that fact that I'm almost positive it would've taken me hours to saw through the glue and little nails.
 Possibly days. 

Now, this project isn't 100% complete. 
But complete enough that if I don't blog about it now, I never will. 

I still need to buy hardware, I bought some but Mr. B wasn't a fan. So for now it is what it is. And knowing how I am with projects I will be surprised if I manage to get new hardware on there before Christmas.
 Or ever. 

I also didn't get to finish decorating like I wanted {like I have "pinned"}, but for now it's what I have and it will do. 

I love how it turned out. 
It's just what I wanted. 
I really wanted a place to decorate that Adalyn couldn't reach and also to have a place to put a bunch of the little toys and this allows for both! 
The baskets make for easy clean ups too! 

And if you're wondering if that's a Scentsy warmer in the center....why yes it is! 
Thanks for asking!
I am now a consultant! I became one because I love their products and when my house smells delicious and I wanted others to know about it too. 
If you're interested, check out my website or leave a comment.

Anyways back to the project. 
Here it is in a nutshell:

I'm excited to have a faux mantel.
It's the little things in life...


Anonymous said...

This is awesome!! Great project!

Ashley Paige said...

That looks AWESOME. I seriously love how you write out and explain your pins. Cracks me up! "and it smelled. but it was $15!" Seriously. looks SO good!!

J and A said...

Love it!! Great job!!

Heather said...

Wow, that looks amazing!

Tiffany said...

I love it! I can't believe you found a great real wood mid century style dresser for $15. wow! and nice styling too!! :)

Kar @allmylove.mommy said...

Official painting attire!! ehehe love it.

It turned out Great.

Katie said...

LOVE the way this project turned out!! And you can't beat $15 :)