A free cupboard upgrade

I love a FREE cupboard.  This is the 2nd one that I have gotten and been able to redo.

I got one at a garage sale that we redid.  You can read about it here.

About a month ago, a good friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was getting rid of a tv cabinet.  She showed a picture of it and said it was free to the taker.  It looked like it was in perfect condition and since I needed a new stand for my tv in my office, I said that I would take it.  All I had to do was move it.

No problem.

Hubby and I went and got it and put it down in my office.  I have my tv on top, it’s a little tall for a tv stand with it on top, but it’s doable.

This is what it looks like with my tv on top.  It had a few scratches on the bottom but not that bad.  The black top fits in perfectly because I’m doing black accents in the basement.

This is what it looks like inside.  I think the tv is actually meant to go inside but I have other plans for it.

I decided that I was going to add additional shelves inside and use it as storage space for all my crafting supplies.

I measured the current shelf and then went to Home Depot and picked out some cupboard plywood.  I had them cut it for me, picked out some black paint and then came home eager to make over my new cupboard.

I thought I had taken some pictures of the wood when I was painting it but somehow they are missing.  Anyway, I painted the wood black and after I let it dry for a couple of days, I put a clear polyurethane on it.  I wanted the new shelves to feel like the rest of the cupboard.

I applied 2 coats of the poly on both sides and the edges.  I let the shelves dry for 24 hours in between coats.

I then inserted the new shelves into my cabinets and filled it with my stuff that had been taking up space on the air hockey table.

I love how it turned out and all the storage space it gives me.  I especially love that I can shut the doors and all the stuff will be hidden.

I have a 3rd shelf that I could paint black and replace the natural one with.  I’m not sure that I’m going to do that as I like it with natural on the top and bottom and the black ones in the middle.

Here is a before and after:


















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Decorating plans always change

After I finished the walls in this room in the basement
My plan was to switch out the light. I want this chandelier to go in my office.
I had been looking for lights online and came across this one from southofmarket.biz
I love the look of it but wasn’t crazy about the $2000 price tag.
So onto plan B… I went to our local consignment store thinking maybe I would find something similar. I didn’t, but I did find this.
Cute, huh. It wasn’t what I was there for but it was only four dollars and I could picture myself using it all year; pumpkin for fall, Christmas tree for Christmas, shell for Summer. I think you get the idea.
So back to the light.
I then went next door to an antique store and found this.
It caught my eye right away. Well, not really right away, it was at the back of the store and I had to look at EVERYTHING else in the store before I got to it, but once I saw it I knew it was the one.
In my mind, I envisioned it painted black. Just the outside top part, not the inside.
I especially liked the big glass bulb. That was exactly the look we were going for.
So, the more we got to looking at it and thinking about the process of painting it black and what parts we were going to paint and how it would look, the more we weren’t sold on the idea of it going in that room.
First of all, that room is dark already. It sits at the front of the house so it is completely underground. That means it doesn’t have any windows and therefore doesn’t get any natural light. The only light that will be in this room will be from whatever lighting source we put in there. We were thinking that maybe painting this light black would make the room really, really dark.
Not good.
So then we got to taking it apart and discovered that we could have the light without the shade on it.
The big round glass bulb would stay on without the shade. The shade was just sitting on there. Yes!!! This gets us closer to the look we were going for in the beginning. We could just paint this main light part black. Or maybe we could paint it another color to give it some pop. How about red. Yes, we love red; that would be perfect.
So now the plan was to have no shade and paint the light red with the bulb.
Then we got to thinking and talking again.
We talked about the uses of this room. This room will be housing our air hockey and Foosball table. It’ll be sorta a game room. Well, games attract kids and grown men acting wildly, for the most part. Do we really want to have the round glass bulb exposed to all of that rough competitive play. If it were to get broken, we would never be able to replace it. I would probably never be able to find another one like it and then I would just be disappointed and mad.
So, onto plan C.
We had to find someplace else in the house to hang it. Someplace where it hopefully wouldn’t accidentally get broken. Someplace where it would look good and be functional and someplace that needs an update but isn’t really on our list of things to do yet.
Hubby found the perfect place. This is our stairway leading to the bedrooms upstairs. We hate this light. In fact, we think it may have caught on fire or at least tried to at one point. One of the white things that the bulbs screwed into was black. So anyway, it’s cheap builder grade and just plain ugly.
We could put our new light there, it would look great and would definitely be out of anyone’s reach. And…. we could have it finished in a day.
Hooray!! I love projects we can finish in a day.
So we painted the new light red, just as we planned.
This picture actually makes it look a little pink but it’s red, trust me.
Hubby took down the old light
We immediately threw that one in the trash.
And hung up the new light.
We really like it there. It gives off plenty of light and should be safe from being broken.
We want to get one of those cool filament bulbs for it, but for right now, it works with just a plain old bulb.
Now I still have to find the perfect light for the game room.
My job is never finished.
Here’s a side by side of the same light.  I love the transformation:

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Paint glorious paint

I just love paint. 
 If you have a room that has become dull to you and it just needs a good pick-me-up; paint can be your bestfriend.
I love the newness and freshness that a gallon of paint can provide.
I am especially loving all the painting that I have been doing in my basement.  We have been in our house for 10 years and have worked in the basement off and on during that time.  I never thought that we would ever have paint on the walls.
With each room that I paint, I feel such a sense of accomplishment.  I just hope my family will appreciate it as much as I am.
Let me recap a little bit.  In May I decided I wanted to finish the drywall in our full basement.  I started with an inconspicuous area under the stairs and have worked my way up from there to a closet, hallway, my new office/craft room and now my old office/craft room. 
This is what the room looked like before.
This is what it looks like now.
We finally finished the bay area so I was able to prime that part, let it dry then paint.
I got all the edges painted.
My son even helps with some of the painting when he got home from school.
The finished walls….. I’m doing the entire basement the same color.  It’s from Home Depot and it’s called Peanut Butter.  I think it’s been a great color for the space.
After I let it dry tonight, I’ll be able to go back tomorrow and add a 2nd light coat if need be.

The walls are finally primed…… mostly

In May I woke up and decided that I would like to finish the drywall in our basement.  This has been a project that my husband and I have been working off and on for several years.
We had everything drywalled but hadn’t taken the time to finish the drywall.
I started out with a very inconspicuous area so if I messed it up terribly it wouldn’t be too noticeable and we he could fix it.
Well, long story short, I didn’t do too bad and was able to finish an area under the stairs, a hallway, a closet and my new craft room/office. 
I got the back room, which was my craft room/office; completely cleaned out and then summer hit, the kids were home all day and that’s about as far as I got.
This was my office before I cleaned it all out.
It was a fun space.  I had hung plenty of shelves for storage and tacked lots of the kids artwork to the walls.
Let me stop here and give you a word advice: when you tack artwork to unfinished walls and then decide to finish them, you will have to mud and sand all the holes…. let me repeat; you will have to mud and sand every single hole that you put into the walls.
I wish I had had this vision before I stuck all those tacks into our unfinished walls.  I know better now and am being much more picky about what gets hung on the new finished walls.
So I got everything cleaned out of there and all the artwork taken down, which took forever.
I had to work on this room in shifts, or weeks rather, maybe it was more like months.  Remember, the kids were home for the summer and to me summer means hanging by the pool, spending time outside and going on vacation.  It doesn’t really mean working my tush off in the basement.
School finally started again and after a few weeks of getting back into our routine, I was able to head back downstairs and get some work done.
I got everything mudded and sanded and mudded and sanded again.

The chandelier that you can kinda see in the above picture I purchased at a garage sale for like $8.  I know, what a steal right?  I love it and since I moved my office/craft room to the larger room, I wanted my chandelier to go with me.
So I have been checking out Pinterest for ideas of another light fixture to go in this room.  I found lots of great ideas but this light really jumped out at me.
I just love the look of it. When I checked the website that sells this particular lamp and realized it was almost $2000; I decided I would have to find something similar.  That’s right, I said two thousand dollars.
 I checked out some local home improvement stores in my area for something similar with no luck.  I then checked out our local goodwill and an antique mall.  I didn’t find this exact style but I found this:
It’s ugly but when I first saw it my thought was that it has potential.  So I’m standing in the middle of the antique mall texting my husband to see if he thought we could spray paint it black.  After much explaining and sending him a picture of it 3 times because the screen on his phone is so tiny he couldn’t see it; he finally said ‘yes’ he thought it would look good painted black and that it would be a good light for that room.
I love the big bulb most of all. 

I showed it to my mother who said she loved the color and didn’t think it needs painted at all.  I think she’s stuck in the 70’s. 
I can’t wait to see how it looks once hubby is able to work his magic with the spray paint.
So today I got myself busy and got the walls primed.  We have one area, the bay window area, that had to have the corners fixed so it didn’t get primed yet.  I’m hoping to be able to sand those corners tomorrow (and they won’t need a 4th coat of mud) so I can get the entire room primed then hopefully painted by Friday.
We’ll see if that all works out.  Sometimes home improvement doesn’t like to follow the time line we want it to.

The important thing is that I’m making progress.  It’ll be finished one day and I can’t wait for that day to happen.