TV Cart rolls off, Marries Dumpster Drawer then Ties the Knot!

Happy 2014!   Have you made some resolutions?  I resolve to finally empty my garage of junque.  People, I am close.  Maybe if I get my work area totally under control, I can actually tackle my 2014 DIY list!

First project of 2014.

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Almost everything on this piece is a free to me, or roadside rescue, including the drawer I added to the top and the rope pulls. Yep, I pulled a ball of rope out of a dumpster.  People throw away everything!

This TV cabinet has been in my garage since at least 2012.  It was a free to me from a kind neighbor who was moving and didn’t wish to take this piece of furniture with her.  It is quite heavy and solid, so I added wheels, of course! I had to add a piece of MDF to reinforce somewhere to screw the wheels into, but that will fade to the background.

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I used one of my favorite techniques. Quick and easy.  This technique produces gorgeous, expensive looking results.  I painted the entire piece in CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut, I use a thinned coat.  I want complete coverage quickly.

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After my base coat has dried, I paint a contrasting color over it. On this piece I used CeCe Caldwell’s Texas Prairie Green.  (This is a retired color, but I bet most retailers still have some available).  Sometimes I do a very thin coat to have a much of the base color show through, sometimes I do heavy.  Either way, this is a finish anyone can easily replicate.

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Back to that drawer. I found the worlds ugliest Vanity last summer, but cannot find the pics!!! It probably was gorgeous at one point, but someone had covered the entire thing in a ghastly baby blue and white LARGE crackle finish.  They did leave the gorgeous Art Deco pulls in place though.  I ended up having to say bye bye to the body of the piece, but salvaged the drawers.  This drawer fit perfectly into the area above the cabinet!  I made two simple pulls with dumpster dove rope. BTW, thank you to my Instagram and FB followers who weighed in on the decision of Rope v pulls!

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For finishing,  I use  a piece of 300 grit sandpaper and went over the entire piece lightly.  This both lightly distresses the piece and produces a smooth, glass like surface.  I sealed this piece with CeCe Caldwell’s Endurance.  This is a hard wearing clear coat, very, very easy to apply.  You can even use a rag.   You can even watch how I use it on THIS video!

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The moral of this story (if there is one)….don’t discount a pile of rope, a hideous curbside Vanity and your neighbor’s free furniture. They could all come together and become something so much more than they dreamed they could be!  My TV Cab turned extra rolling storage will be at Paris Flea Market in Livermore, CA  for our February sale.Cart with label redouxinteriors


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  1. says

    This is a great transformation, Karen. I love anything with casters. I put some on our coffee table because the couch behind it is a recliner and I got tired of having to shimmy it to move it~best thing I ever did.

    Have a great week,

    Mary Beth

  2. says

    I’m amazed — and you’ve taught me a lesson. Where I may have walked right by that TV stand, you’ve shown me the importance of stretching my mind. Look for potential, I must remind myself, even if you don’t see it at first glance.


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