Thursday, January 24, 2013

RELIVING THE 70'S WITH AN EXTREME MAKEOVER!

Pin It I have no problem admitting I grew up in the 70's.  The 70's rocked!   The 60's gave up a few good tunes - the 80's....well with the exception of one Jon BonJovi, that decade was a downright embarrassment.  The Eagles, Journey, Kansas, Boston, Frampton....I could go on forever but I have to move on to some other stuff the 70's gave us - the not so great stuff...


Was there ever a more heinous piece of furniture.  And admit it, any of us over the age of 50 had one at one point or another!
And what the hell is that little trap door under the bed for?  I could only guess, having lived through the 70's!

This post is not about renovating a 70's waterbed.  However, it IS about renovating a matching dresser!!!

 Sorry for the blur.  I think I was quivering and asking myself "what have I got myself into now?"



 This guy actually had little apothecary drawers in all these nooks. Don't worry I kept 'em!
And look, it's already distressed!  I don't have to lift a finger!

 What craftsmanship!

I don't really get their "distressing" back in the 70's.  Big chunks of the edges were all "shaved" off in a very orderly manner.  Then some gouges that you could put a measuring tape to, they were so precise! What fun was that?

We needed a TV Console for our new TV and I just knew I could find something at my favorite thrift store.  Husband and I went down on a Saturday afternoon....I saw this monstrosity and knew exactly what I could do with it.  I screamed at husband "Quick, go get someone to write this up for us!"  and then I parked my ass right on top of it.  One guy came by and murmured "you gonna get that?".  Hell, yea - get away from it!  It was marked 80 bucks but because it was a Saturday, it was half price!  I love Saturdays at the thrift store!  And hey, one more year and I can take advantage of senior day on Tuesdays, also!!  Hot dog!

Let me tell you, after having hauled it home, we soon discovered that this thing stunk to high heaven!  I'm not sure what was going on with it.  Plus, someone had taped off all of the top edges of the drawers with masking tape and painted the inside of every drawer black.  Did a darn good job, too.  Except they left all that nasty tape.  So in addition to wiping this thing down with vinegar for the smell, I had to take my blow dryer to the masking tape just to get it off.  Then I had to use Mineral Spirits to remove the sticky gunk.  I'm really having doubts at this point!

But then the real fun began!  

First thing I did was remove the scroll-y old base  and replaced it with a solid piece of cheap base trim.  Nothing fancy.  I knew with the number of cats I had, I would have dust kitties rolling under that thing like a tumbleweed across west Texas! Not to mention cat toys and grand kid toys!


Simple to do and what a difference.  Yep, totally ruining the "integrity" of this period piece. 
Please, give me a break.

I lightly sanded the base.  I knew I wanted the top (horizontal surfaces) stained and the base (all vertical surfaces) a grey blue.  Because I was staining the two tops, I sanded those down to bare wood.  

We removed those cute little wing walls because I hated them.  Husband thought they were fine.  Typical....

Of course, removing them wasn't easy because this thing was built like a tank!  They used crappy wood back in the 70's but boy did they build them right.  Every screw was hidden by one of those little plugs that we had to dig out first then remove the screw IF we even had access to it.  After too much time spent trying to neatly remove those wing walls, I just told Husband to knock 'em off!   Of course after that, vast quantities of wood filler was necessary.  Oops!


I have yet to find a wood filler I like so any suggestions or tips out there would be greatly appreciated!!

I went with a Dark Walnut stain for the tops (doesn't EVERYONE in bloggie land use that color these days?) and Winter Flannel by Valspar.  It was the perfect blue.  Not too baby blue and not too grey.  

BTW, after staining the top, I stood back and said "gee, it looks exactly like it did before I sanded the original finish off"!  Oh well....

And here it is all finished!!!  Ain't she a beaut???


 How great is my staging???!!!!



 Each of these little drawers had white ceramic knobs.  I spray painted them and also some brushed nickle cup pulls and larger knobs for the drawers and doors.  I used my favorite Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.  And of course, I added my own brand of distressing.  Husband made the comment "hey we can put the remotes in these little drawers!"  How many others of you out there laughed like I did when you heard that!?

 I gotta tell ya, I'm not crazy about the doors.  Too cottage-y for me.  But I just didn't have the time or desire to go hunt down new ones or build new ones.  Maybe this summer.  For now, we'll just pretend that Hansel and Gretel live here.



 They're like Hobbit doors!



I can't tell you how happy I am at how this turned out.  It looks awesome in the room and it's the perfect size for that giant TV!  Total, I spent about $64 on everything - the dresser, the paint, the spray paint, the trim.  I already had the stain and sealer.  Can't beat that with a stick. 
 Can you guys tell what a redneck I am?

Anyway, my FAVORITE part of it????


The safety straps to keep that TV from falling on any of my babies - furry or otherwise!

We removed the original flimsy backing that the dresser had - it may have even been card board - seriously!  We replaced it with a plain pine board attached very securely just to the top half.  We cut grommets in it for our wires and then secured the TV.  I was adamant on this after reading about how many children get killed from these falling TV's!  The straps were $16 on Amazon.

Not gorgeous - but no one can see it.  



Honestly, I think I may have exhausted all of my creative juices on this thing. Can ANYONE give me any ideas of how to make this very necessary piece of furniture in our home look better?????



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21 comments:

  1. Wow, Jaye! That looks like a ton of work. I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to stick with this project to the end. (I've still got a chair project I started last February that I've made NO progress on since July, even though I really want it done.) I like the mix of paint and stain, and agree that this is a piece that doesn't need to be kept in its original state. I don't think the national historic registry will be coming after you. :-)

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    1. Nah - only took me about 2 days and that was with living in between! Thanks for the comment!

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  2. That came out so great!! What a job, love the color, love how you stained the top!!! But, ummmm, the cat tree ... no ideas. :(

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    1. I'm thinking of making little cat signs that say "Stay off - I was here first!" or "Climb at your own risk!"

      I think it would look cool if I could change the color of the carpet! Not sure how, though!

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  3. Visiting from I Should be Mopping the Floor's linky party. This piece caught my eye right away. What an incredible transformation and such hard work! Fantastic makeover! As for those doors? I'd just mod podge some pretty gift wrap or fabric on them to cover them up although, I kind of like them the way they are. I do love how you tell the story...so fun.

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    1. Thanks Jenna! Not a day goes by that I don't look at it and say "Damn, that's awesome!" Haven't done a thing to the doors and quite honestly they are growing on me. That and the fact that I have since moved on to other projects!!

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  4. I love it! I will admit I had a bedroom set like this... I guess you know how old I am now! Great job, you brought it right into the present!
    Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan! We ALL had bedrooms like this!!! I STILL sleep on a waterbed, although it's a new fangled "soft sided" water bed!

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  5. Love the dresser redo. Wish I could find a similar one.
    Suggestion for the cat tree is find an old artifical ficus tree or similar "tall" plant and attach it to the cat tower. Hoping to be able to attach a photo of what my husband did to ours. Nope, won't let me copy a photo into this post.
    Anyway our cat loved hiding in it and playing in the leaves as well.
    ~k

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    1. Thanks k! Hey - post your picture of your cat tower to Hometalk. Then email me and let me know! That's a great idea about the ficas. My stupid cats eat artificial plants though!

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  6. Wow what an amazing transformation! Very impressed that you were able to see beyond the function of the piece to create something totally new!

    As for the Cat tower, I have cat's too and have always wondered why there not more attractive, when they are such big pieces. One thought I would have would be to put A nice wood around the cat boxes and make the posts of wood as well. Then maybe cover one of the posts with some of the thick twine for scratching. And put some little ladders or planks up to the boxes. Just my thoughts but it's 6am here so maybe my brain is not at it's full potential. lol

    Jenn

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I'm going to come up with something fabulous for that cat tower then I'm going to market it and become a millionaire! Just you see!

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  7. If you don't like the doors, maybe you could leave them off? The inside wood drawers really caught my attention.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Teri! You know, the doors have just started to "disappear" from my sight so they'll probably just stay where they are. That's the way my projects go. Once they are 95% done - they pretty much stay that way! I don't know - I'm going to do some woodworking this summer so I may get real industrious and build some new doors!

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  8. That is awesome! My grandmother has a bed just.like.that. No dresser though or I would probably beg her for it, I love the little drawers!

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    1. Oh Gheez, Danielle! Your grandmother? Way to make the rest of us feel like dinosaurs!!!

      Only kidding! I'm very proud of my 70's decade! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  9. Very cool!! This baby got a new groove on!!

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  10. Um, WHOA. You are a brave, brave woman. I can't believe that before and after! It's gorgeous!

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  11. Totally inspiring!! I don't know if I would have had the guts to bring it home but next time I just might! Visiting from Roadkill Rescue (and yes it is one of my favorite websites of ALL time.)

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  12. Cannot believe I missed the reveal of your dresser. I think it turned out so great and the molding and distressing is a great addition. So glad you tackled it and decided to keep it. well done :)
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

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  13. Cannot believe I missed the reveal of your dresser. It turned out so well and the molding and distressing add the perfect touch. So glad you decided to keep it and tackle that beast. Well done!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!
    http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

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