March 4, 2010

notice anything different?

The wall unit is done! I'd love to put that sentence in huge bold block letters, but I don't want to scare anyone off. But before we get into the afters, let's see the before and the durings.

Before. I love this piece but with its curved edges it was stuck in the 80's.

First things first, I turned the back side into the front by adding trim to the raw edges.

I closed up the open areas by adding a kick board and a top moulding.

Next came the primer and paint...

...and finally the bead board wall paper from Home Depot. Which brings us to the afters. You may or may not be able to tell from these photos, but I nixed the idea of using plywood as a solid backing for the bead board. Rather, I left the bottom of the bead board wall paper loose, so I could easily slide our cords around with out having to cut through anything. It wasn't until last night when we were reassembling everything that I realized how genius the bead board idea really was--no more ugly cords! I didn't even know how much I'd hated them until they were gone.

Mason jars make great bookends! ;)

I love this shot of our "Feckin' Book of Everything Irish." I'm finding books to be a great way to disperse multiple colors throughout the room.

It's still a little nekkid, but I'm working out what I want to include in all those cubbies. I just ordered this gorgeous filagree cross for the super tall cubby on the left.

And for the bottom left cubby, I'm really thinking I'd like some glavanized watering and milk cans to play off the zinc lid of my mason jar, as well as the zinc tray that will go on the coffee table. Something like these from Pottery Barn, but I'm hoping I can find them on the cheap (these are going between $14 and $50)!

Only a few things left and this room will finally be finished! As of right now, I'm on day 20 of Project Living Room (not including the week we spent in Las Vegas, and the week I spent in bed sick). It seems like it's (almost) all down hill from here!

One more time for the cheap seats in the back!

I'm linking up to:
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Reinvented
Project Parade @ The DIY Show-Off
I Made It Without My Hubby @ Shanty 2 Chic
Make Your Monday @ The Twice Remembered Cottage
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Also, check out my tips and tricks for painting a big piece of furniture on the cheap in the TUTORIALS section (or by clicking here).


  1. Much much better! It looks great, especially with all your cute accessories!

  2. Amber,
    The revamp of the wall unit is fantastic...what a difference a bit of paint makes! Check WalMart or Target for those galvanized watering cans...not vintage but usually around this time of year the spring & summer stuff should be arriving. Otherwise, check Craiglist or garage sales (my hubby brought home one that he found at a garage sale for 50 cents!) You can see it on my blog-back in October '09 posting. Love it!
    ~judi ;)

  3. That is a big change.. you should be proud.

  4. GORGEOUS!! Love your transformation! I love Ball jars so you sold me on them as bookends too!!

  5. This looks great! And I love the pops of green!

  6. Great transformation... love the black and green together!

  7. What a great makeover of your unit. Love the addition of the beadboard and hiding the cords. I would love to hide every cord in our house.

  8. Very cute re-do! I love the green candlesticks, too. They really pop out in front of the black. It looks great all together!

  9. How smart to use the back side!! Nice job!

  10. Anonymous8/25/2010

    They have medium size crosses like that one at the dollar tree. They also have little birds. Everyone is buying them and revamping them. So cute! love your entertainment center. Great job!


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