This basement is not without its challenges, mostly because of my own mistakes; exhibit A is the red couch fail. That has now been resolved with a lovely leather sectional, but this corner:
...was still there. The dumping ground of old office furniture, curb alert items, a treadmill, a nightstand that was replaced but still in good condition, and stuff that the hubs wants to keep.
This sat for a few weeks, mocking me every time I sat down. It was time to do something about it and the plan was to use my Suburban Pickings. I had my own version of American Pickers with my Curb Alert post where my picks were a weathered and chippy table, a lamp table, and these two little drawer units.
The drawer units were your basic put-it-together-yourself variety, and who doesn't need more storage? They sat in my garage for a few weeks:
I had a nightstand of the same color wood and thought they might work together somehow.
The first thing necessary to start working on the basement corner was to get everything out. The bookcase was left over from my husband's Gator office (that still lives...no painting yet).
Here's an idea of what the drawers and nightstand are going to become:
Yes, they aren't the same heights. Yes, I could take off the casters to make them closer to the same height. Will I? No - because I have an idea (ruh roh).
The color of the wood is obviously going to get changed...white? black? distressed? glazed? How about this:
Ahhhh...oil rubbed bronze metallic spray paint. This stuff even makes cheap wood furniture look good.
The little drawers were going to get cute labels, but in the end, the paint/stencil combo on the spray paint was soooooo not working out. Simple numbered drawers it is then. Even those came out a little wonky, but if you don't look too hard at them, it's not so bad:
|check out that green, green grass!|
My big idea was basically to put a top over the whole shebang and leave the little cubby; maybe put a basket in it; maybe just let it be an open space.
I had a hallelujah moment when this was spotted at the back of the garage:
This was from a headboard I built quickly for a condo I staged and we had been lugging it around through 3 moves. It was a little spider-webby on the back:
This was a seriously long piece of plywood, prestained and poly'ed and ready to go...once it was cut to size. Good thing I bought my husband that table saw years ago!
Isn't this a pretty piece of plywood? I spent a little more for hardwood plywood, and it makes a difference when staining. I stained the two cut edges and it looked good enough to not need the finish edging.
I put the two drawer units on the underside of the top and thought it would be a good thing to screw them down so the table top didn't slide.
Laziness ruled the day and only one screw was put in - seems to work:
This is now a storage/sofa table that makes it easy to put a plate down (we generally eat on the couch - nothing formal here):
I wanted to get this done by our 12th anniversary, but that was a little ambitious. I surprised my husband with it today and he loved it, of course. He's so supportive of my crazy creative chaos!
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