It was a couple of days after hurricane Matthew had hit. Trees and power lines were down everywhere. People seemed dazed and a little confused. No power, water damage and trees on houses and cars were a popular theme. We lucked out with minimal damage.
After the storm had passed, and we were on our way to our daughter’s house. I found this little gem.
I knew that this was veneer over fiber board, and that it had obvious damage. But…I saw potential. And the price was as right as it would or could ever get!!!
I decided that some of it’s parts were just not worth saving, the side doors on it were pretty bad. So I removed them and this was the results.
I have a habit of getting really excited at this point and I usually forget to take pictures. Also, we have just moved into this house, so finding things is a bit of a nightmare. So, I used spackle to fill the holes down both sides where the hinges had been attached (yes, the kind you would use to fill holes that you make in a wall). Of course I also removed all of the pulls and hardware. One thing about painting a piece like this that I love is that I can experiment with it (mostly because all that I would lose on the financial end, is my time and a small amount of materials). So, yes to drywall spackle.
I used my standard Zinsser water based primer on this and I wasn’t sure if it would adhere to some places on what I am now calling the TV console, but it did!! Also I wasn’t sure if I had enough paint to paint this thing…so I took all of the samples I had that were of a neutral nature and mixed them together.
After going through all of my saved chips, this color is the same, or at least extremely close, as a color called Drifting Dune. It is a beige-grey-white. It works! I did three coats of paint with a sponge roller.
If you are going to paint a surface, you don’t need a sprayer for that nice flat finish. They make it look easy, until you realize that just like spray paint in a can…there is overspray, and clouds of paint. I have learned all of this the hard way.(I am not saying don’t use a sprayer. I am just saying when you are doing a small job, sometimes less is more.) Sponge rollers will give you a nice flat paint finish and you don’t have to construct a paint booth to use it.
Here is the finished product!!
Yes, it took a little work, but look at all of that storage and shelves!! Plus the TV fits so well! More proof that furniture doesn’t have to cost a fortune! Oh, and by the way, the knobs are from Hobby Lobby 50% off. My total investment in this piece is: $12.00 for the knobs, and if I count the paint at around $3.00 for a full sample, a couple of bucks for the primer,… this baby cost me less than $20.00 and isn’t rotting in a landfill!!!
From My Garage To Yours!!