Once upon a time a dear friend gave another friend (who happened to love primitive country decorating at the time) a beautiful solid pine tv armoire. For free. Just because she loved her.
Perhaps also because the giving friend's husband may or may not have purchased a tv too large for the armoire.
But just maybe.
It was a much-loved tv armoire, residing the main living space of not one, but two of the receiving friend's homes over time. It was perfectly suited to holding a tv, of course, as well as all the family's videos (yes, this was in the days of the VCR) and other unsightly paraphernalia.
Unfortunately just a few short years later, the receiving friend started to feel really badly – because she no longer liked the look of the once-adored pine tv armoire.
It was dark.
And quite primitive.
So, with a nod of agreement from the giving friend, the receiving friend selected a lovely shade of aqua/robin's egg blue/turquoise (a Behr colour match of a Beauti-Tone paint called Quayside 601-4) and happily set to work painting right over that solid wood tv armoire.
Some were aghast at the nerve!
“How dare she paint solid wood!” said the naysayers.
But the receiving friend knew: if she didn't love the look of the piece, even though it was a sentimental one, it was just taking up space.
So paint it she did.
The blue tv armoire and its shelving companions lived happily in their new pretty/modern country/vintage/industrial space for months.
But then the receiving friend noticed something…
If she looked closer, the tv armoire looked sad.
So, using her tried and true easiest furniture antiquing and glazing method (only this time with Miss Mustard Seed's FABULOUS Antiquing Wax), she went to work to give the armoire some depth.
And there was some improvement.
If she looked really hard.
But from a distance – like sitting on the couch – nothing.
So the receiving friend did what any normal do it yourself-er would do, she pulled another trick out of her bag.
She broke out her Dark Walnut Stain, a foam brush and a white rag.
To stain the armoire.
After it had been waxed.
She was taking a walk on the wild side.
Stay tuned for further decorating adventures with the tv armoire…
Voting on our door-turned-entry table is up now. You can vote once per day between now and the 23rd of September.
Don't feel you have to vote that often – we'd love it if you ALL just checked out The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge page and voted for your favourite JUST ONCE!
Did I say “pretty please”?
All of the Upcycle Challenge projects will be on display at the Fall Home Show and are available to bid on in an auction that benefits Habitat for Humanity.
If you'd like to go to the show – and see our pretty red door and all the other fabulous projects in person – we have 5 pairs of tickets to giveaway. Just leave us a comment below indicating you'd like a pair. We'll pick the first 5 locals who want to go and we'll drop your tickets in the mail before the weekend.
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