TV unit, vintage furniture, black fire surround, dark grey walls.

Charity Shop Bargains – No.2

I had a little de ja vu this week and it went a little something like this…

I was being ‘troubled’ by the  television area in our lounge.  I’d stolen both of the cupboards we previously used to put the television on to use in other areas in the house, so I just had it sitting on a vintage drinks trolley but it was driving me mad.  The television was far too big for this dinky trolley and because the trolley is mostly frame rather than solid back and sides, I could see cables EVERYWHERE!

I decided to take a trip to our local British Heart Foundation charity shop to see if they had anything I could use in this space.  The last time I went there was about a year ago when I found a solid wood sideboard cupboard, which I shared with you in Charity Shop Bargains – No.1.

Restored sideboard, furniture restoration.

Just like the last time I went, Keith was working from home and I wanted to get out of the way for a bit and just like the last time, the perfect piece of furniture was sitting just inside the doorway.  It was just meant to be!  The chosen piece of furniture is a chest of draws.  Aside from the top, it’s all solid wood – I think the top is veneer.  Not having a solid top never puts me off buying furniture, because if worse comes to worse I can usually make it work by having a piece of marble or granite cut to size.  I have done this for our bathroom vanity cupboard and an old cupboard I am currently using in the lounge.  You might be surprised to hear that having something cut to size was still cheaper than buying a new piece of furniture.

Upcycled vanity cupboard, marble top, family bathroom.
This cupboard was bought from a junk shop for £15. The top was replaced with marble at a cost of £160.
Restored chest of drawers, river washed granite top, furniture restoration.
This chest was originally a dressing table with broken mirrors. I removed the entire top section and had a piece of granite cut. The cupboard was £25 and the granite was £220.
Restored chest of drawers, river washed granite top.
If I had the granite cut with a straight edge, it would have only been £170, but I paid extra for the bevelled edge. This is a beautiful granite called river wash – it has a slight texture to it.

Anyway, back to this weeks bargain.  It just needed a touch of work – it had a thin layer of varnish that would need to be sanded off and those handles would have to go.

Charity shop bargain, restored chest of drawers.

Charity shop bargain, restored chest of drawers.

Charity shop bargain, restored chest of drawers.

So I got to work and finished it off in a couple of hours.  I already had the handles too, which was a bonus!  A few years ago I had taken them off a broken cupboard we were getting rid of and tucked them away for another day, another cupboard.  Here it is, all finished…I’m happy with how the top came up so it can stay, the pull out draw at the top is a quirky feature that adds a little interest and I think the handles are just perfect!

TV unit, vintage furniture, black fire surround, dark grey walls.

 

Restored TV unit, vintage furnitre.

And when I stand back and take in the view, I like how it is sitting in the space.  A great improvement on a dinky drinks trolley and the best thing of all – no cables to be seen 😉

TV unit, vintage furniture, black fire surround, dark grey walls.

TV unit, vintage furniture, black fire surround, dark grey walls.


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