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After an entire year, I am happy to report I finished our media stand makeover. Don’t worry, the makeover did not actually take a year to complete. It only took hours, but it kept getting de-prioritized by other basement projects. When the time finally came to buy a new TV for the basement, I buckled down and got the media center done.
I am in LOVE, serious head over heals love with my media center!!! I saw potential in the retro dresser, but never imagined how awesome it would be. I had an idea after finishing its sister, the tri-color dresser, for storage in my studio. I love the tri-color look in there, but there is something so seductive and awesome about the two-tone media center.
This was the dresser before:
My inspiration was this dresser from Room & Board in navy and walnut. I loved the colored case with wood drawer fronts. I even bought an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Napoleon Blue, a very similar color to the inspiration, but something made me hesitate slapping it on the dresser. It was too primary. Then, I made way to my local Annie Sloan paint dealer and fell in love with Aubusson Blue. It has a lot more green in it, but it is not quite teal.
Before ever discovering ASCP, I stripped the dresser, so I was working with a blank slate (seen amidst the chaos above). I painted the dresser case, base, and the frame around each door in Aubusson blue. I sanded and re-finished the drawer fronts in walnut stain. Love the richness it brought out in the wood grain. I applied two coats of polycrylic in satin finish to the entire piece, both painted and stained parts. I could have used wax on the painted part, but I am impatient, so I always reach for the polycrylic.
It was a joyful day when we moved the media center in place and topped it with the new TV. Instantly, this room, which we always meant to be our form of a media room, felt complete.
Because the utility room is directly behind the TV wall, we will be storing all the media components behind the wall. That leaves all the dresser drawers for storage. I imagine over the years the boys and my hubby will manage to fill it up with video game paraphernalia.
As much as we love the look, we are now itching to mount the TV directly on the wall. I think it will make it look less top-heavy. For now, we are enjoying TV and movies for the first time in our family room.
The media center rounds out the room. I am so glad we went with white walls, so we could have more fun with the furniture. Now that I got a teal-ish fix with the media stand, I am more convinced than ever the ink blue fabric is the right choice for the sectional.
We are also crazy in love with how much floor space we still have in this room, even with the media center, chairs, large sectional, and ottoman. When the boys play spills out of the play room there is plenty of space for them to move around. We have trouble getting them out of the basement now :)