I will always let you know where I sourced my furniture pieces, as everyone asks “where do you get all of these pieces from?” And I have to say it’s getting easier as time goes by, friends family co-workers etc now approach me with items they have. It’s great! And sorry to those I haven’t picked up from yet…please don’t give them away or sell to someone else I promise I’ll be there!!!!
It really is great finding fantastic deals on Kijiji! But in saying that there are people who have a crazed idea of what a deal is. Some ask a silly amount of money for items I’m surprised they aren’t giving away to places like Habitat or bringing to the dump (which I suppose costs money, so right back to my first suggestion…give it to Habitat).
Then there are some who have a great item that they just need to get rid of and want to make a couple of dollars. These are the deals I love to find! Like this great dresser. I paid $25 for it and the lady was more than happy to see it go. If I had to guess at the age of the dresser I’m gonna go with 1950’s it’s solid oak and weighs a ton, and I mean a TON! Look at the lines of it though, aren’t they great?!?!
When thinking of TV stands for the new house I had envisioned something about dresser height. I didn’t want it to tall as I hate looking up to watch TV (sorry, no offence to those who have it above their fireplace, I don’t know how you do it!) I wanted a good eye level height when sitting on the couch. Ideally the TV would be on the stand it came with so that it can easily be seen from sitting at the kitchen island as well, but for some reason the stand went missing…but we won’t talk about that.
Lets be honest, I am always and I mean always on Kijiji (besides Instagram and Spotify) it’s the app I use most! And so when I saw this pop up I jumped at it right away, thank goodness Kory was home to help me out, as this one was not easy to move. (sometimes I have no choice but to go get these items by myself, not always fun but a necessity). Our truck is a big 4×4 as well, so it’s heavy lifting up high to boot!
It wasn’t easy working on a whole bunch of projects at once, although I find that I never only have one project on the go anyway, it’s usually at least 5 or 6 or let’s be honest…15. With a new house to fill up soon buying all new furniture was out of the question, I had to be resourceful and come up with some fantastic ideas to fill up all of the beautiful rooms that were in the works. The only new items we did buy were couches, Made in Canada of course. Any old items that did come into the new house were either painted (table) or refurbished (cabinet), nothing came in looking like how it left the little red shed that’s for sure.
I hadn’t discovered My Painted Door (FYI all my paint is from there now) yet so I was only using latex Behr paint. Which is great paint don’t get me wrong, easy to work, covers well and cleans up no problem. But no waxes or finishes for the top coats etc. I do like to try all different types of paints, I’ve used spray chalk paints, milk paints, mineral paints and of course latex paint for my furniture projects.
So this piece I covered in china white Behr paint. I had ordered handles for the kitchen cupboards, making sure to have extras and that what was used on the final piece. Always ready to reuse/recycle I kept the brass knobs for another project, but the ugly leafs going in opposite directions did not make the “keep” pile.
I did sand all of the yellow paint off of the top, as I knew I wanted to stain the top a nice dark chocolate colour and that means all of the old had to come off. I used a Verathane gel stain in espresso, I wish I could find more colours in that product as it was so easy to work with. The sides I just sanded off the old paint as much as I could, not worrying about getting it all, knowing the paint would adhere to the remainder. In the end I was super pleased with this dresser and it was the exact look I wanted for our living-room.