April 26, 2012

Mid Century Modern Makeover

It is finally reveal time!  Did I keep you waiting long enough?  I am so very, very please with the finished product!  


I turned the dresser into a media credenza.  I knew that my 5 year old Ikea cabinet was on its way out, but I thought I would wait till we were in our new house to start searching.  Until I stumbled on this MCM dresser at a thrift store last week.  


We keep a lot of stuff in our TV cabinet.  It holds all of our DVD's {that we never watch} our computer printer, all the internet stuff, and a few random other things.  I wanted to be able to keep the printer there so a small structural makeover was necessary.





The hubs was very excited about this cabinet {though he wasn't so excited when I said I wanted to buy it} but when I told him my plans to make it over he jumped right on board.  After measuring all of our media components we determined that we would need one big open space for all of them to fit.  I am not typically a fan of seeing my cable box, but there was really no other way.  So we decided to remove the entire drawer bank on top.  With a reciprocating saw he removed the two stile supports.




Then to make room for our printer he made the two large center drawers one large opening.  He used 1/4 birch ply wood to make a floor.  I didn't want to lose the look of the drawers in the front so he took the two drawer fronts and faced them on another piece of ply wood.  He then attached hinges and chain so the fake drawers fold down.




Since he had pretty much removed all of the important structural pieces, he used some of the scrap wood that he removed to add additional supports.  In our new house the tv will be mounted on the wall, but until then it has to support our very heavy tv.  


To make the top component shelf, he used 1/4 birch ply wood and attached it to the frame.  Then I sanded the whole piece down with my electric sander.  The wood was so dry I did not have to take hardly any of the remaining finish off.  I think it probably just had a clear coat of poly on it.  We choose a walnut stain.  I wanted it to match the moulded wood from my Eames chair.  I have never stained anything before.  I am more of the paint it girl.  But the stain was super easy to apply.  Brush on with foam brush, wait 5 minutes, then remove with a cloth.  Apply 2 coats of poly.  We bought the fast drying formula for both... because we all know how I am not a patience person!







All the components fit well and the printer and drop down door are perfect!







There were a few scratches on the top that I couldn't sand out, but they are so small you would have to look really hard to find them.



After I cleaned the hardware with soap and water, I used some Rub and Buff to give the hardware a new bright finish.  I love how it pops off of the dark brown.




I could not be happier with the way it looks in the space.  Every time I look at it I feel like I have graduated from Ikea, and now I have grown up furniture!  




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25 comments:

Jessamie Vincent said...

UUUHHH-MAZ-ING!!! This make over is seriously incredible! I love the drop down door for the printer. Genius. It's so good, I can't stand it! Oh, and don't feel bad, we never use our DVDs either...especially the workout ones.

Ange said...

Gorgeous and functional, wow you hit a homerun with this one! I love this piece! Great job!

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

Seriously clever changes!! Great job!

Decor & Harmony said...

Amazing restyle Tiffany :) Your media center looks great in the space.....okay stop reading my comment and get started on another project!

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Very clever, Tiffany! It looks perfect.

Rhonie K said...

Tiffany, I love it. I love Mid Century Modern pieces, and this was so smart. Thanks for inspiring me to look at furniture for what it could be.

Momma C said...

That turned out really neat! You have a great eye for what could be!

Shannon said...

That is really cool! You would never know it wasn't made like that. It looks very professional.

Christine @ Park House Love said...

It looks great! Genius idea to remove the top bank of drawers and also add chains for fold down doors. Awesome job to you and the hubs :)

Maury Kilgo said...

It looks amazing! I love the style. Your hubs did an awesome job with the reconfiguring!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! it is so perfect!!! i love it!

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

So cool! And so clever - I love what you came up with to disguise the printer!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Amazing job Tiffany!! It looks like that piece was always ment to look like that. Incredible!!

Tiffany said...

It looks awesome! I never find anything like that at a thrift store.

My Crafty Home Life said...

You are the queen bee today girl! Excellent job....and it will look fantastic in your new home.

Cassi @ Stop And Smell The Roses said...

Love it!!! I did something similar a while back (http://joeandcassi.blogspot.com/2012/03/new-entertainment-center.html), but I love yours so much more! The fold down drawer is genius and I love the color of the stain! Great job! Oh, and I love your living room as well!

Cre8ive Motives said...

That's beautiful Tiffany. Wish I could find something like that here :)

Hannah said...

Looks so amazing!!! Makes me want to hunt for one like that :)


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Anna@Directions Not Included said...

I am sooooooo incredibly jealous! Great find and it looks awesome! Can you or your mom come down to Florida and help me find a piece like this for our media stand? What we are currently using is shameful! :)

The House at Bluebird Lane said...

This turned out fabulous! Great job! Visiting you from Addicted 2 Decorating. I'm now following and look forward to seeing more of your creative transformations. Have a great weekend!
Sharla

Miss Charming said...

Not only does it look amazing but you (and your man) turned it into a functional cabinet for your t.v. I absolutely love it!

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

lol...growing up from Ikea...something I think we need to all strive for! I love how colorful the room is! I personally have struggled with getting outside of just shabby chic and incorporating color. I feel like I am just getting it now...trying to add a little more modern and abstractness to our home. Takes time to graduate from our old ways...but I love the feeling of accomplishment and growing and expanding in my decor comfort zone!

Michelle @Sweetsuite10 said...

This is simply amazing and gorgeous!
I need a new media console, and this has ensured I'll pay a little more attention to the dressers teh next time I'm thrifting.
Great job!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I featured this today at Mod Mix Monday!


http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com/2012/05/mod-mix-monday-49.html

Kim said...

Un-freaking-believable! And the room it resides in is groovy.Pinning both the console and the room!
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