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Just because your dream look is out of your budget doesn’t mean you have to settle for second-choice furniture.In fact you can still snag just right In your space if you know where to look. Thrift stores, garage sales, Craigslist, and Facebook marketplaces are all treasure troves.
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Inspired by online browsing Kim Holbrook An ideal sideboard for her family room. “I was looking for a small alcove/media storage for her area,” she says, finding this on Facebook Marketplace.
This piece fits perfectly in a difficult-to-size area, but it was dyed butterscotch and the old hardware made the whole thing look dated. As Kim put it, the piece “cried for a makeover.”
To modernize the unit and highlight its beautiful details, Kim first removed the cabinet doors and hardware. Next she stripped off all the old stain and varnish. This process was made very difficult and time consuming by all the lattice work on the cabinet her door.
After sanding the entire piece, Kim applied a light gray stain that gave it a weathered driftwood look and topped it with a matte sealer. Meanwhile, she ordered sleek new drawer pulls in a contemporary gold finish.
The project required a lot of patience and sweat fairness, but it didn’t break our budget. Kim spent $250 on the sideboard and $60 on fixtures, but the result of her work is a custom piece of hers that looks like it’s sold at a fine furniture store.
“It was a fun project and I am very happy with the results,” says Kim.Her only advice to anyone following in her furniture makeover footsteps? [the project] It takes longer than you think.” Indeed, wise and always relevant DIY advice.