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Vintage Media Center Makeover

Vintage Media Center Makeover

Vintage Media Center Makeover

THE UGLY DUCKLING GETS A MEDIA CENTER MAKEOVER

During a “sale-ing” trip to the Habitat for Humanity Restore, Tasha was drawn to this beat-up piece of vintage furniture with a media center makeover on her mind. The store classified it as a desk, which worked in our favor, because desks were 50% off that day.

media center before

It was in bad shape, reeked of cigarette smoke & had gnarly gashes & scratches. My wife tried her best to convey her vision of transforming this into a beautiful & functional media center for our formal living room.

 

Since I’m still a protégé at furniture makeovers, it was difficult to see past the ugliness. With my wife’s vision & with the half off price of only $25.00, we didn’t have anything to lose with this media center makeover.

vintage media center makeover

MEDIA CENTER MAKEOVER – WHAT WE USED: 

  • Wood filler
    • We used Elmer’s Pro Bond Wood fill in Golden Oak.
  • Palm sander
  • Zinsser’s Primer {Primer & Sealer}
  • Valspar’s Furniture Paint
    • We got ours tinted in the color Fairmont Penthouse Mosaic Blue.
  • Rub ‘n Buff
    • We used Antique Gold.
  • Matte Black Spray paint
    • We used this for the inner hardware.

Although the media center was beat-up, unloved, & slightly ugly, it had GREAT BONES! It was structurally-sound & made with solid wood. You’d never be able to purchase a media center(similar to this one) made of solid wood for $25.00. Vintage Media Center Makeover Challenge Accepted!

 Just to prove a point & put things in perspective, this media center/buffet (below) is somewhat similar to what we purchased. The only difference is that this one is not made of solid wood & retails at IKEA for $449.00! Our desk is made of solid wood for a cool $25.00!

expensive Ikea buffet/desk

PREPPING THE MEDIA CENTER FOR ITS MAKEOVER

Clean, clean & clean some more…

Sometimes the simplest of tasks can take the longest. This “desk” was caked in decades of dirt, dust & cigarette smoke. Almost an entire roll of paper towels & an hour later, we finally removed the decades of filth.

media center before with doors and drawers open

Wood fill x 3…

My wife handled the tedious task of filling in all of the deep gashes & scratches, by using Elmer’s Pro Bond Wood Fill. Since we were going to paint later, we were able to use a lighter shade of wood fill from our DIY stash. The deeper gashes took 3 “layers” of wood fill.

Sand it smooth…

We sanded the entire piece with our electric hand sander.  If you look on the right-hand side of the picture below, you can see what the completed wood-fill looks like on the leg, après sanding.

partially sanded media center

But sanding didn’t kill the smoke smell…

Since wood is a porous material, the gross cigarette smoke smell remained, even after sanding. Even though the paint we chose was a “2-in-1”, we decided to apply 2 coats of Zinsser’s primer to “seal” the unpleasant scent. If you hate the smell of cigarette smoke, you can relate.

FIRST COAT OF ZINSSER’S PRIMER

1st-coat-of-primer on the doors

SECOND COAT OF ZINSSER’S PRIMER

2-coats-of-primer on the body of the media center

THE LAST STEP OF THE MEDIA CENTER MAKEOVER

This media center makeover wouldn’t be as awesome without 3 coats of Valspar’s Furniture Paint in Fairmont Penthouse Mosaic Blue. (FYI, this paint is only the base & needs tinted by the paint dept.)  

3-coats-of-paint on the media center makeover

FIRST COAT OF PAINT

1st-coat-of-paint

SECOND COAT OF PAINT

2nd-coat-of-paint

THIRD COAT OF PAINT

beginning-of-3rd-coat

VINTAGE MEDIA CENTER MAKEOVER

 

My favorite part is the makeover that the hardware received. My wife had the idea to use Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold to give the existing hardware some TLC. The contrast between the updated hardware & the new color of the media center is perfection.

hardware-before-and-after

If it wasn’t for my lovely wife’s vision, I would have walked past this piece of furniture. Working as a team, we transformed this ugly duckling into a beautiful swan. Don’t you agree?

With a couple supplies & lots of patience, we saved this vintage piece of furniture. Even with the cost of products used to rehab this $25.00 media center, it’s still cheaper than the piece of furniture similar from IKEA for $449.00. With a little hard work, patience & taking small baby steps, you can easily transform & rehab an unloved piece of furniture. 

Team Work Makes The Dream Work!

Love, Peace & Happiness,

Hippie & Sparky

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