This is the story of the shelf that was left behind. It is one of those things I inherited from my son when he left. The shelf had been placed right above his computer desk. Although it is a nice size and very useful, I felt that the dark color was way too heavy for the look I was after.
So being a good up-cycler I was going to change it to reflect me! I was going to change the look of the shelf with...
Did I paint it, like you all think I did?
No, I used book pages!
Sometimes in life you get what you wish for. I had wanted this cabinet from the first time I laid my eyes on it. It was vintage and full of dust but that did not deter me. What I thought would be an easy project turned out to be exactly the opposite.
This has to be from the Seventies and once housed an actual television inside those ornate doors. Our neighbor had given it to my dad and he kept it in the foyer but I felt it had potential ... I mean look at that scroll work. And so I wanted to revive this vintage TV cabinet.
This project came about, out of necessity. We have a spot next to our front door which is like a tiny porch, well it's not really a porch just a place to stand after you walk up the stairs to get to the door.
Anyway it was looking kind of lonely and empty... till I found this torn old rattan chair and got an idea to re-purpose it into outdoor decor and give the front of the house some curb appeal.
Last week I shared the reveal of my girls' room with you. But I have a confession, even when a room is finished, there is always room for improvement. In this case we needed a chair for the computer desk, because that ottoman that my girl was using was just not cutting it. I needed to find a better solution pronto- that poor ottoman was getting squashed.
After a quick trip to the basement I found not one but four of these chairs. Well I only needed one, but thought I should redo two of them. Because you never know... And so I ended up getting two unique makeovers from one type of chair.
This has to be the most frustrating project I have ever tackled! Just look at it - all simple and shy! And it was saying to me "come and make me over, I am just a humble little bench."
Never have more false words been spoken! Because sometimes things may look simple but they are not! And so, this is the tale of the not so simple transformation of a bench. A Mid-Century Modern bench at that!
I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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