If it’s any consolation …

Now that TVs are all flat and slim and sexy and easily mounted on the wall, you may think there is no need for a traditional entertainment center. You are both right and wrong. True, you may no longer need a hulking armoire to house your 300 lb. TV. But you probably still need a place to stash all your remotes and DVDs and consoles and gaming equipment and whathaveyou.

Or, in my case, you would never in one million years allow your husband to mount a TV to the wall himself, not after the Garage Shelf Tragedy of 2009 wherein half of your Christmas ornaments were destroyed and your car got dented, but that’s a story for another day.

Hush now, let us console ourselves with these consoles. (See what I did there? I’m sure you did).

Heather at Bake Create Love saved this electric orange dresser from itself with a walnut stain and it now serves proudly and beautifully under the TV. (I love that she’s watching Saved By The Bell. PS: Did you watch “The Unauthorized Story of Saved By The Bell” on Lifetime? Should I be ashamed to admit that I did? What did you think? Mostly I just felt sorry for poor little Screech).


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Annnnnnyway, this next console actually began life as a sophisticated stereo system, decades ago.  However, it was most recently suffering in the garage as a workbench with a drillpress screwed to the top! Oh honey no.

Jen rescued it with a lot of love and tenderness and now it’s back inside where it can do the job it was intended to do in the first place. See more at All Things New.

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From Howdy to Bonjour!

(Please enjoy this Better After Flashback from 2011. Happy Saturday!)

Have you ever heard someone say “I love EVERY type of music! Well, except country and rap.” I’m almost inclined to agree, but I actually like quite a bit of rap. Country … is … not really my thing. Sorry. Same with design. I love EVERYTHING, I really do. Modern, transitional, industrial, minimalist, bohemian, you name it. Except country and rap. (If you don’t think “rap” is a design style, you haven’t watched a lot of MTV Cribs. Usually involves at least one framed Scarface poster).

So I would probably have avoided this very hunter-green, country-fied sofa table, but once again, white paint saves the day. It looks so elegant and very French-country, which is worlds away from regular ol’ country. I can’t speak for French-country music though.

From the fantastic Alicia at Thrifty and Chic.

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In The Pink

Hey hey, pink stuff yay!

I’m not a poet, and I know it. You don’t have to tell me.

But if you like pink, then rub your hands together with glee, because I’ve got some pink makeovers for you today.  And if you don’t, well you probably know someone who does.  And if you don’t, you’re either lying to me, or you don’t have any friends. And if you don’t, I’ll be your friend.  And I like pink.  So here we are.

Kimberly was living in a two bedroom home and pregnant with her third child.  Needing another room, she converted this narrow space into her three-year-old daughter’s bedroom, fulfilling a life-long dream to decorate something pink pink pink girly explosion! So fun.

But don’t you worry, this is only a temporary arrangement until they move to a larger home. You can see more of her super fun style right here at MissFurnellie.


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I bet you’ll never guess what Better After reader Sara did with this playhouse.  You’re right. She painted it pink! How did you know?

She received it free from a neighbor and fixed it up for her girls. Um, my neighbors never give me anything this cool.  All I get from my neighbors are notes asking me to please remember to close my bathroom blinds at night.  (Haha, I’m kidding.  They ask me to keep them open).

(Just kidding again). (Sorry in advance for your nightmares).

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I love the sweet little treatment Jen gave to this yard-sale dresser. She had learned that it was at least 50 years old and didn’t want to sand it for fear of lead-based paint. Also it was the color of depressed urine. No thanks! Primer, paint, and a little hand-painted work on the drawer details, and it looks better than new.

Check out all of her tips and helpful product recommendations for doing the same on her blog All Four Love.


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Extra Credit Credenza

I’ve featured Reeves and her fabulous refinishing work several times, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized what a young’n she is. She actually started her blog in high school! It was part of a project during her senior year, and she used it to chronicle some of the makeovers she had done.  Cut to now, and she’s a 20-year-old student paying her way through college with her furniture. That’s amazeballoons! Give me a virtual fist-bump, Reeves!
I love her style, and I love what she did with this scuffed up MCM credenza. Not wanting to hide that lovely wood grain, but needing to revive the thirsty wood, she opted for gel stain. Gorgeous! I have a vintage record player that is also a color I don’t love, I call it “Dusty Mud,” and while I would never paint it, I am tempted to try the gel stain. Its claim-to-fame is that it can go on right over an existing finish.  My problem is I just don’t want to move the dang thing, it weighs like 8,000 pounds.
Back to Reeves. She did a simply glossy white on the top, which is the perfect modern touch, and you can see more at The Weathered Door.


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PS: Happy Veteran’s Day! Big thank you to all who have served, and a big thank you to their families too.

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