Monday, September 21, 2009

It All Started in the 60's

That's right, you guessed it....hand-me-down furniture.  This lovely lady was handed down as a whole bedroom set made by Broyhill and originally made it's debut as a nightstand.  I can't believe I have lived with it looking like this for as long as I have.  If you think something in your home doesn't look all that bad, just take a photo of it.  As you can see from the photo, it is dwarfed by our very large TV.  You can still see the remnant of white paint in the back from when we first inherited it....9 years ago.  For lack of anything better to use, I decided to paint it brown so it would "blend" in.  Hmmmm....I don't think becoming THE eyesore of a room helps it accomplish that.

I had been wanting to do something about this poor lost soul for some time when I stumbled upon a tablecloth on clearance at Target.  It was just the thing I needed to give this old gal a new look.  I, of course, enlisted the help of my sister and she came with staple gun in tow.  She measured from the center out and began "pleating" and stapling as she went.  Since she made it look so easy, I just let her keep her groove on.  The bonus of using the tablecloth was that once we cut it to length, we didn't have any piece to sew.  The top piece was folded under before it was stapled.  We used the finished edges for the hem and where they met in the middle. (For easy access to all electronics.)

Once you have your fabric stapled up, go back over the staples with your hammer to make sure they have all been pushed in to the wood.


Next, you will want to have some trim to cover all of your staples.  I found some great trim at JoAnn's on clearance for 99 cents a yard!  Just grab your glue gun and get to gluing.

Be sure to fold the edge over on the end and apply a good helping of glue.


I worked my around and the result was this:

Now, here she is...in all her glory.  It isn't my first choice to have the TV be such a large part of the living room, but this just shows you what adding a little bit of fabric can do to change the vibe. I love the texture of the fabric and how well the trim ties in with my couch without being loud.   Hopefully, the 60's have finally left the building.

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6 comments:

decdiva1 said...

LET ME BE THE FIRST TO COMMENT, SINCE I PLAYED A PART IN THIS MAKE OVER- I LOVE IT! LOVE,LOVE THE TRIM! I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT IT FOR A "BLOG WORTHY" .99 CENTS A YARD! YOU GO GIRL! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK ON THE BLOG. YOU ARE SUCH A CUTE WRITER AND OF COURSE GREAT PHOTOG AND DECOR8R!!!
LOVE,
YOUR SISTER (MAN-HANDS) LOL!

Leen said...

wow, I love the fabric (tablecloth! why don't I think of these things?), trim, and the entire piece. It's looks great!

Tamera said...

Thank you, Leen! Happy to have you here!

Let it Shine said...

Brilliant! Looks great! Love the trim!

Take care,
Alyshia

M castillo said...

I like the background! It looks so good!

Anna See said...

This looks great! Way to go!