This project began as an amazing find by my bestie, who just so happens to work at an apartment complex and is in a position to
grab see all the 'stuff' people leave behind when they move! She knew that I had been looking for something small to use as a buffet for my back porch transformation and when she saw THIS:
Well, she knew that it was just what I needed!
With her help, I initially sanded it down and painted it white, but I wasn't really happy about how it looked against the brick on the house. It sort of just blended in and the cottage-style table I had refinished for the dining area was also white. Ugh - boring!
Here's the only picture I can find of it in white, but you can get a feel for what I'm talking about. At this point, I was also still trying to figure out what to do with the missing drawer front . . .
And then I spotted THIS beauty in the Pottery Barn catalog last summer and was inspired!
So . . . I stripped off the white on the top and stained it a dark walnut. Then I painted a coat of ochre on the doors and sides before covering everything but the inset panels of the doors with a bright green.
I distressed the whole thing with my sander so that the various colors would show through and rubbed the whole piece down with the leftover stain, to give it a more aged/weathered appearance.
Just like my flag project, I was able to use paint samples (and already had the white), so this project cost me very little to complete. Certainly much less than the $999 price tag on the PB inspiration piece! Here they are side by side. What do you think?!
I solved the drawer problem by removing the drawer altogether, painting the inside and using two wicker baskets on the inside instead! They work great and I didn't lose any functionality of the space! The baskets were about $7 each.
I did change the handles on the piece as well, which were regularly $5 each at Hobby Lobby, but since I waited for a sale - I got them both for $5 instead!
It's turned out to be such a cute and serviceable piece that I just love it! And with 100 degree weather predicted this weekend, we'll be spending all our time out back (in the pool) enjoying it too!
Happy summering y'all!
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