With the holidays coming, I started thinking I'd really like to have a mantel to decorate. Problem is, I don't have a fireplace and I have no room for an actual mantel. In fact, the place I really wanted to put the mantel is way too small for any mantel I've run across. What to do? If only I had a sort of tall-ish piece of furniture that is sort of small but has a nice top.... hmm. Wait a minute! What about the crappy dresser in the garage? I bought this little dresser off Craigslist a few months ago for $20. I didn't look very close when I picked it up, just pulled out the top couple drawers and looked it up and down, said ok and loaded it up. Not terribly smart.
When I got it home I discovered the bottom 3 drawers were way too warped for everyday use, so I left it in the garage and stewed on ideas of turning it into a bookshelf or something. Now I'm glad I left it alone. It took maybe 2 hours total (note to my worrying daughter, I spread the 2 hours over 3 days, so I didn't overexert myself) to sand, paint in ASCP Duck Egg and wax in clear, plus do a stained and polyurethaned top. It may not be a mantel, but I think I got some bang of of my $20 and a little paint:
So, now I can hardly wait to decorate for the holidays. Not sure what I'm putting on it for Christmas yet, but I'll have fun playing around with it. For now, an all-seasons look:
The bonus to this is that unlike an actual mantle, this has storage capability so I loaded it up with candles, gift wrap, ribbons, bags, tissue, all of which I don't access often enough to be bothered by warped drawers.
I'm linking up at Met Monday and Show & Tell Friday. Have a fantastic week!