Some furniture fun for your Monday
You guys know I am an obsessive furniture-shifter-buyer-seller-rearranger-extraordinaire. The living room has gone through so many furniture shifts and shuffles to get where it is today (not done!) One of the perks of having this little ol’ blog is the cool people I have met on the internet – and today I have one of their stories to share with you and it has to do with some of this shifted-around furniture. Who doesn’t love a good furniture story?
Back in 2011, JT and I found and spruced up an old cabinet to fit our current living room configuration. (More on that here).
Then in 2012, spurred on by the purchase of the “Man Chair” and needing a place for it to live, the TV cabinet met a new family on Craigslist. (Another side story here) I didn’t say anything on the Craigslist ad about my blog, but through the power of the internet and our tulip table being posted on Modern Vintage Decor’s Facebook page, a connection was made. It’s new owner, Erin, contacted me and sent me some pictures of the cabinet in its new life – a fabulous bar cart.
Here’s Erin’s story.
I started by putting in felt on the bottom (with rubber shelf liners underneath) then added a magnetic closure with metal plates since the existing ones weren’t very reliable and caused the doors to buckle inward. I filled in some cracks with wood putty and stain (especially on the top of the doors where the old closures wore at the wood). I attached the wine bottle holder then the stemware rack and then filled it with my goodies!
I have speakers in the lower section and put on a small command hook to hold the auxiliary cord that goes into the headphone jack of my ipod/computer/phone. Also, all the hardware was purchased through Home Depot (mostly online) or I had it on hand. The wine bottle holder was about $11 and the stemware rack was $25. So, with those and all the little extras (minus the cost of a power screwdriver/drill), the makeover cost about $45. Not bad for a custom bar!
I think it looks great and I am so appreciative that Erin took the time to share her story with us. The moral of the story (because there has to be one, right?) is to never be afraid to find or customize your furnishings to suit your space and your life. What worked for us in our house (TV cabinet) worked better for Erin as a bar cart. And another moral of the story – life’s too short to drink bad wine and good wine needs a pretty place to hang out. Yep, I just made that one up.
How are things with the rest of the internet? I’m back from the beyond, turns out I had bronchitis and not just the common cold. So needless to say, bronchitis plus a crazy week at work = not much done at Living Analog besides sleep and cough. Now that I’ve got my energy back I’m hoping to get some things accomplished in the basement (studio and just general storage stuff). I’ve spray painted some things to share with you soon and also there’s something exciting happening in the STL furniture shopping scene. Any guesses? Cheers – CT
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How cool that she figured out who you were and shared her bar cart transformation with you. Glad you’re feeling better!
Thanks Dana! I thought so too. Cheers – CT
Very glad you are feeling better as well! I think the internet is a mad,mad world. It is amazing that your two stories actually ever connected at all. Ahhh-mazing.
Thanks Rebecca! I think the fact that we connected may in part be also due to St. Louis — it’s a little big town.