Friday, 7 August 2015

My Brilliant Husband

Hello Friends,

Today I would like to show you how my brilliant husband took a beat-up old dresser (roadside freebie) and made it into a gorgeous TV stand. He did have some help from our equally brilliant 80-year-old neighbour.

Unfortunately, we didn't get an actual before picture. This is a little ways into the process.
 Terry and Ray (our neighbour) took the dresser apart and cut two inches off of each side to make it a better fit for our living room. Then they had to reassemble it and cut down each drawer to fit the new size. In the process they discovered a factory stamp that said "October 1965". They also discovered that it was solid maple.
Part of my husband's brilliance is that he knows when to ask for help. He originally just went to our neighbour for advice, but Ray jumped right in and they did the project together.
Our helpful neighbour
We had originally planned to paint the dresser, but when the lovely maple finish was unveiled we decided to stain it instead.
We kept the original handles, which were a mottled green, very country looking. We spray-painted them a nice chrome to give them a more modern look. I say "we" as in I picked out the paint and Terry sprayed it on. :)
Ray made a shelf for our TV and video viewing systems. This picture was not taken in the best lighting, but you can get the idea. This is a now a lovely piece of furniture that we got at very little cost. It can always be employed as a dresser again in the future and the shelf used for something else.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope this inspires you to up-cycle something, especially during the last few weeks of yard sale season in NA. I love finding treasures buried under an ugly facade.

Hugs & smiles,


Valerie-Jael said...

Wow, what a great transformation, and good to see that the sideboard has been reused. Brilliantly done, you are lucky to have such a clever husband and neighbour! Hugs, Valerie

Desire Fourie said...

Awesome upcycling. Wow your 80-year young neighbour and your hubby are so handy. Its amazing that they could make the whole cabinet narrower. Pleased you stained it. I just love the natural look of wood. All our furniture is wood.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Patricia St Martin said...

WOW!!! Love the chest, hubby did an awesome job.
Hugs, Pat♥

Karon said...

Oh my! They did and amazing job - that looks gorgeous! TFS

Terry JP Arsenault said...

Thanks everyone, it came out much better then I ever expected.

Angela Hoynes said...

Excellent work, it looks lovely.

Penny said...

Tell your hubby congrats on creating such a pretty piece of furniture! Really cool! :^)
Hugs, Penny