I’ve attempted to age furniture before but never achieved the results Amanda did with this table. The piece had potential, with its interesting shape, long legs and oval top, but Amanda’s restrained paint job and new knobs gave the table a new charm and elegance. Great work, Amanda! — Kate
Time: Two days (spread out over time)
Basic Steps: I started by filling any unwanted nail holes with basic spackling (had on hand) and then completely sanding the table using medium and very-fine sandpaper. I would recommend investing in a $3 to $4 non-electric hand sander. It saves loads of time and aggravation to the hands. Next I primed using Rust-Oleum spray paint (much faster this way) then painted on a lovely olive green that I found at the Re-Store. It was the perfect shade that tied into my green couch. It took about three coats to get the desired look.
I allowed it to dry completely (this is where the project may take two days). Then the fun began in making it look aged. By using fine sandpaper, you can give the edges a nice aged look without destroying your paint job. Using the hand-held sander worked wonders during this process. All it took was one rough stroke to get a nice aged look. The last step was my version of an antique glaze. I got a sample size of nutmeg paint, diluted it with water, applied it with a brush and then wiped it off with a rag. You will want to remove the paint as soon as you apply it with the brush; it dries quickly. Working on small patches at a time works best. — Amanda
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It’s nice to see that other people have as much media — books, records, DVDs and so on — as I do, and that they also struggle to find an attractive way to store it all. Melissa has made a lot of smart decisions with her media reorganization, probably the best of which is investing in a piece that can hold everything. Even though there’s a lot being stored in here, the colorized books and storage boxes help unify the collections and keep the visual overload in check. Nice transformation, Melissa!
Time: 4.5 hours
Basic Steps: We started by removing all of the items from the utility shelf and cabinet and moving those pieces to other rooms. The shelving unit from IKEA required a lot of assembly, so the first half of the project consisted of putting it together. It was simple (only required the use of a screwdriver and small hammer), but tedious. Once the assembly part was completed, we moved it against the wall and attached it to the wall with screws. After that came the fun part.
We lined the bottom row of the unit with our records, which made a nice, balanced line, and allowed the majority of the weight to sit at the bottom (vinyl is heavy!). Once that was done, we placed the television, cable receiver and stereo pieces in the center cubes. Because the unit is black with very geometric lines and the backing wall is plain white, we organized our most vibrant books by color, and arranged them to create a rainbow effect. We then put our CDs, DVDs and random small electronics in the IKEA storage boxes and placed them in three of the unit’s cubes to break up the black/white with splashes of bright lime green. To balance out the modernism of the shelf design, we then added some of our vintage cameras and a few very old hardcover books. Finally, we placed a couple of plants and a small wood sign on the top. — Melissa