Monday, May 24, 2010

A Repurpose Repurposed


A couple summers ago, a friend went to an estate sale and bought a bunch of stuff all in one big lot.  She had no use for this piece and was going to throw it away, but thought of me instead. 

I think we all know by now, Rose will take anything! (kinda like that old Life cereal commercial…”Get Mikey, he’ll eat anything!”)


Her husband brought it over and apologized up and down for “dumping” it on me.  He even offered to take it back and throw it away! 

I, on the other hand, was totally enamored with this piece.  Just look at it!

It was obviously the cabinet of an old console television.

Check out the legs, the curves are to die for!

What intrigued me most was the fact that someone had already put their hand to this piece and repurposed it into a curio cabinet of sorts.


Check out the paneling.


The metal shelf brackets and the glass shelf.



And what about the interior lighting they added?

Pure GENIUS I say!


This piece was obviously well loved and I could just imagine the pride the crafty person must have had in their workmanship.

I was not about to let it go to the dump!  This piece just needed a bit of tweaking to make it useful again.


Some black paint and a wooden shelf (one that could slide out as needed) was all this baby needed to update it.

And of course, a new home…..

at my daughter’s house to hold her TV, cable box and stereo.


This would have been the happy ending to this story, but alas, this bought only a couple years for this piece.

My daughter won a 50 inch flat screen TV in a raffle recently.

It doesn’t begin to fit on this TV stand.

Enter this curb-shopped dresser.  It’s missing some drawers.

test pics 011 

Time to upgrade to something larger…

I’ve been working on the replacement media center.  (no, I didn’t load the picture wrong, this dresser really is standing on it’s side here)

I’ll post the new piece as soon as it’s complete.


In the meantime, does anyone have ideas for this one? 

I have a couple, but am not sure exactly which direction I want to go in with her. 

She’s just too nice to put down yet.  (maybe this time around I’ll actually trim the raw edges of the paneling so they don’t show up in pictures)

Gotta go now, it’s trash day somewhere!



  1. I'm probably not the one to ask. I always need bookshelves so I would make it into bookshelves...Would love to see what you make of it.

  2. I would love to see it painted white and distressed a bit so the paneling would show up better (very cottagey). It would be really great if you had an old glass front door that could fit on it. Whatever you do, you're right. It does have more life left in it.

  3. I say go antique white with some distressing and maybe use it as a wine bar or side buffet table? Whatever you do with it, it's gorgeous as is and I'd love to have it find life in my home. :)

  4. I would go white with some glaze to bring out the details on the edges. Then I paint the inside a color, maybe gray or blue gray or aqua. Glass doors would be great like Gina said. If not add some baskets. So cute you could use it anywhere.

  5. I dunno...Im loving it just the way it is. Itd totally fit right into my home looking just as it does now.:)
    One thought if you really do want to change it up would be to add some sort of framed door. And use one of those black rubber doormats to make it appear as if its got decorative scrollwork on the door opening. Im sure this isnt coming across as Im seeing it in my head but I wanted to share anyways.:)

  6. I'm like Melissa. I never have enough shelves so would probably use it for that. I agree with you, it's much too nice to be retired. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

  7. wow! I like it! I have no idea, my brain hurts, from the heat!
    I can't wait to see how the dresser turns out! I know it will be fabulous!

  8. How about in a bathroom to hold towels and rags? It could also hold nifty soaps and shampoos...fix it all up pretty like!!

  9. Rose that looks so nice as is... I too am thinking nicely framed glass doors... you are right it is far too nice to be retired... love the legs. Whatever you do with it, I am sure it will look fabulous.

    Can't wait to see what you are going to do with the sideway dresser.

    Hugs, Deb

  10. Wow everyone, there seems to be a consensus here on white and glass doors...hmmmm
    I love the wine bar idea too..hmmmm
    Thanks for all the great suggestions everybody. Glad you all agree it's too soon to retire this beauty.
    As soon as I get the new one over to my daughter's house I'll be able to take this one back and start the project.
    I'll keep you all posted, for sure!

  11. That turned out amazing!! Maybe in the bathroom if it's large enough with towels stored on the bottom and soaps in a bowl on the slide out shelf?? I don't know- your the genius in this situation! ;)

  12. Rose, you lucky duck- i love that piece, and it turned out great, i love the legs, the deteal,the lines all of it, Awesome.I love that dresser too, give me a garbage pick up spot, or goodwill any day, I love it all- Just became a follower-look forward to more of your curb pick ups.

  13. I love the transformation of the first piece! That is truly an amazing makeover. Good for you for breathing new life into old things.

  14. you know, if you took out the shelf, and found or built an aquarium to fit inside, this would make a wonderful home for an iguana or snake. You even have the lighting capability for their heat lamp.


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