In the meantime, I decided I had to redo something to get my fix. So, this past weekend I went into the basement and pulled out the tv stand. Dh got this thing at a yard sale across the street. *Sorry, no before photos.* I think the people may have even given it to him just to get it out of the house. I hated it when he brought it in because it wasn't in the best condition. It needed re-staining or revamping or something. But, I kept putting it off. I almost painted it white at some point last year after reading Cindy's My Romantic Home blog, but never got motivated. I have a problem with motivation. I'm motivationally challenged. I like that term so much better than the label lazy.
It's not a bad table/tv stand. It's solid wood and has a swivel top so you can rotate the tv in any direction. When I'd gripe at DH about his ugly tv stand, he'd just say, "Use it while we're here and toss it when we move." So, that kept me from doing anything to it. Until this weekend... I stayed up too late Friday night reading blogs about spray paint projects. On one of the blogs, the author made a comment about solid wood. I started thinking about how our garage sale tv stand is just that - SOLID WOOD. You don't find solid wood stuff very easily. If we tossed it and then tried to replace it in a few years, we'd end up paying too much money for a crappy piece of particle board furniture.
Saturday afternoon, I took the screws out of it and took it apart, then got to work sanding it. I was just going to sand off the glossy finish, but the boys decided to help me and R sanded one spot until it looked like brand new wood! The rest, we did a pretty good job getting down to a fresh clean slate.
I picked up some Krylon Satin Black spray paint at Walmart on Sunday, then came home and got to work. I gave everything two good coats of black paint. I sanded the edges and roughed up a couple of other spots. Is it crazy to sand, paint and then sand again to expose some of the wood color?
I told DH last night that I'd forgotten how much I like doing stuff like that. I guess it's just something about accomplishing a task. I suppose I've changed a bit over the years though. I used to think everything needed to be a wood finish with stain. When we got a table from mil eleven or so years ago, we silently cursed the three layers of paint that we had to sand and scrap to reveal the beautiful wood underneath. Some things are just better painted - like my newly painted black tv stand.