My dear sister saw a post on CraigsList for free furniture. She knows how I love to makeover furniture, especially free furniture!! So, she insisted that her hubby go with her to pick up a load of furniture just for me. I know, she’s awesome, right?? In the load was a dresser, several end tables and a couple of smaller things. The dresser was butt ugly. I mean, really really ugly. I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of it before I started transforming it. But, that’s the way I roll – I just get so excited to start my project before I think about pictures. Usually halfway through, I think oh yeah! I should photograph this!
Anyway, imagine a MDF laminate grayish color dresser with stickers all over it, the veneer peeling up in places and that’s what it looked like. However, it was solid. Ugly I can work with, disrepair not so much. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this piece, but I remembered how much I like creating the larger wine bar out of an old entertainment center, and wanted to try it again on a smaller scale.
I started out by taking out the top two drawers, thinking I was going to keep the bottom two, but later changed my mind. My Dad helped me with the cuts for the X to hold the wine bottles. Then we added a vertical piece of wood to form the left side of the space for the wine bottles. That left a really tall, but narrow space, so I decided to put a shelf in.
For the top I bought a piece of pre-cut sanded plywood from Lowe’s. Here is a direct link: 3/4-in Oak Plywood, Application as 2 x 4. I had to cut a little off the length to get it the right length to hang over the edges just enough to instal the stemware holders on the underside. Lowe’s calls them Rev-A-Shelf Cabinet Organizer. My Dad used his router to put a nice finished edge on it. I didn’t want nail holes marring the top because I originally thought I was going to stain the top, so I used liberal amounts of wood glue to adhere it.
The next step was to add a little piece of trim right under the top to hide the rough edges of the tops of the X and the vertical piece of wood.
The last and most fun part is painting the piece. I decided on grey again. I just love to use grey for furniture because it is neutral enough for most people to imagine it in their homes, but it’s not plain, boring white. I really, really dislike painting furniture white. But, I do it often because that is what sells the best.
When I got ready to paint, I realized that I had never made plans to finish the bottom of the wine bar after I took the bottom two drawers out. Luckily, I had a piece of sanded plywood hanging around, so I cut it to fit and attached it to the bottom to finish it off. Or, so I thought. Once I got it in, there was a big gap showing where the bottom shelf didn’t quite meet up with the front piece. Grrrrr. this time I didn’t have any trim that would work, so I headed off to Lowe’s again. I brought home one piece of trim, nope – too narrow. I got it right the second go around, and attached it to the front for a completed masterpiece. Hmmmm, still not quite finished – in my mind. I wanted a it to have a little extra oomph, so I added the patterned paper to the two shelves with mod-podge. Ok, done for real now!