Trashure is my word for treasure found in the trash (aka. one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure). Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! As I showed you last week, this Mid Century Modern credenza is going to get a new life as an entertainment console. Woot! Just wait until you see what my blogger friends have for you too.
Here’s the story behind my find. I was being a good girl and not even going out junkin’ during our city clean-up. Why, you ask? Because my garage shop is a wreck from our remodel and I have NO ROOM! Plus, I only like to keep on hand what I can work on in the next few weeks.
Anyhoo, it was our quadrant’s time to set out trash and I promised myself that if I saw something en route from my house to errands that I was allowed to pick it up. Only catch was it had to be AFTER all the pickers had already gone through. Otherwise, all was off-limits. So here’s a sampling of some of what I found in one day…eep!
Do you blame me? I ended up giving the crib away, but was satisfied it didn’t go to the dump since nobody wanted it. The frame was a no-brainer and will find new purpose in our home remodel (stay tuned), and the table was a project for Miss E, my next to youngest daughter.
Now, doesn’t it look better? You can find it available in my shop. (SOLD)
The next day, I found this…
Remember, this stuff was left a week after pickers had went through. Crazy! My head spins at all the waste there is because I didn’t go through the other quadrants during their time of clean-up. I would need a pole barn to fit it all!
Funny thing is that on one day I picked up that cast iron table and a few days later the owner set out the twin to it. I grabbed it and had a set of two. Isn’t it weird that I had already redid an exact table like them years before.
The beat up cedar chest will be getting a makeover soon, but today is all about how that credenza is being turned into an entertainment console. Boy, is it in rough shape, but oh so full of potential!
My sander and I went to work unveiling that gorgeous walnut veneer. It was such a shame that it isn’t in better shape because it is full of pocks and holes like someone had attacked it. I filled up those holes with wood filler and sanded again.
Since I am turning this credenza into an entertainment console, I needed to build in the spot where a drawer was missing. My husband, JC, cut me a few pieces of wood with our table saw. I used my brad nailer to attach them inside the missing drawer space for support.
Next, I added a panel of luan to reinforce the drawer space bottom and raise it to make it flush with the frame and glued it down with Liquid Nails. To enclose the space, I added a couple of pieces of wood to the sides using Kreg Jig Master System and my drill to create pocket screw holes for easy assembly. (I love that thing!!) Last, I drilled a few holes in the back for wires with a hole saw bit.
In no time I am able to get a coat on and not have to worry about debris getting into my finish.
I started with a base coat of Kilz Primer & Stain Blocker because in addition to the holes on the top, there were also chemical stains in green and red. After that, I used two coats of Glidden White Semi-Gloss, much like this other credenza and Mid Century set I did.
Next was the drawers turn. After sanding and filling with wood filler on most of them, I wanted some of them to be stained and some to be painted. For the stained drawers, I used my favorite Early American by RustOleum. That stain has been used in several different room in my house and project pieces.
All the drawers were finished with a topcoat of Modern Masters Masterclear in Semi-Gloss.
Last, but not least, the pulls were in great shape, but weren’t any thing great like solid brass. I sanded them down and painted them with this Pure Gold by RustOleum.
I also added new feet to the legs and painted the caps on them the same color for a fun touch.
Here’s the new look and function for this once credenza turned entertainment console. It is a true cast-off trashure find…
I love the serpentine style drawer fronts on the one side.
And the painted fun on the other side livens up this trashure party. tee hee.
So, maybe next time you’re driving around and you see a sad looking piece of furniture, you may snatch it up, eh? tsk. You know it. Has this entertainment console stole your heart? You can find it also available in my shop. (SOLD)
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Up next, I’m whipping up a crafty creation for you with a broken bird feeder. Head HERE TO SEE.
WAIT!! You don’t want to miss what my blogger friends have worked on for you today. Check it out…