When we bought the house, we had a feeling that the previous owner would leave some things behind. There was just so much on the property. We were quite right - as you can see in the posts here and here and here.
In my house tour, you got to see this wall unit that was left in the living room.
Oh, just so you can get an idea of the sheer size of the unit, here's a picture of the same wall right now.
Fortunately, the whole unit was on casters so we were able to roll it around the room while I painted. Pat got a friend to help him haul it outside. Somewhere in that process we realized it was a custom unit and super solid. It would be a shame to waste it, but it was just too massive for us. At that point, an idea struck to cut away what we didn't want/need and use the bottom center portion as a TV stand. (we really wanted to replace the super traditional couch table we had been using as a TV stand.)
Home Depot was in order.
Pat suggested blue (and I had NO problem with that) but figuring out what shade was harder to tackle. He wanted to go with something kinda dark. However, as we went through the paint samples, I stumbled on this one.
Aruba Blue and that seemed perfect since we vacationed in Aruba many moons ago.
While we were in the home improvement store, we picked up the hardware (handles and hinges) and some hardware cloth for the inserts on the cabinets. Once home, my job took full effect.
Yes, it was my job to paint. And, paint I did.
After that, Pat got the handles, hinges, and hardware cloth on the piece (I had planned on helping with that, but he jumped the gun on me.)
We wheeled it back into the living room and waited for someone strong enough to help lift the TV to come over to the house.
I shared this picture on Instagram of it with TV and some Christmas decorations.
However, it currently looks like this.
Oh, and here are some detail shots.
The color just doesn't come across as beautifully as it does in person. Let me assure you, it's fabulous! I'm so happy we have the tv up off the floor and that we were able to use one of the many items that were left here. Upcycling for the win!
So, what do you think? Better right?
I think so.