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$15, three rooms, big changes

You guys might remember my sa-weet garage sale find from a few weeks ago.  A $15 buffet that I wanted to paint teal, turn in to a TV cabinet, and love forever.

Then, one of you dear readers, ruined my teal dreams for me.

Yeah Lauren, I’m looking at you.  You and your mom.  Right in the eyes.

You saved me from making an expensive mistake, but I still long for some teal furniture.  Lauren and her mom figured out that my cabinet was actually a pretty expensive piece of furniture fetching about $1,000 on ebay.  We did find the Broyhil company “stamp” on the back upon further inspection, so we have left it unscathed.

Room One
This was our TV stand before.

It was fine; nothing wrong with it.  There was little decent storage, but it absolutely worked.  I ended up selling it to our neighbor for $20 and they couldn’t be happier about it.

Room Two
This was Jack’s tiny bookshelf in his room.  Homeboy is such a reader, that he outgrew this thing while still a fetus.  About 75% of his books lived downstairs on our old IKEA bookshelves.

All of the library books we bring home get stored in the basket.  That way, we never have to hunt down various books when the books are due.

Room Three
The basement, where most of Jack’s toys and books live.  This part of the room is not something we use every single day, so honestly it was a bit of a trash heap.

Step One
Remove everything from the old TV stand, dust, vacuum, and set up the buffet.  The buffet had been kinda ignored for years, and the wood was pretty dry and kinda scuffed in places.  I filled a small bowl with olive oil and a few drops of grapefruit essential oil, and massaged the mixture in to the wood with an old rag.

*Updated to add the grapefruit oil is just for scent.  You can use plain ole’ olive oil with no problem!

While doing this, Troy said “do you know what you’re doing?  Did you read that on the internet or something”?  To which I responded, “yeah I found it on a website called how to ruin your $1,000 piece of furniture”, gave him a “did those words really just come out of your sandwich hole” look and went back to oiling up my buffet.


Here is a spot on the top before:

And after a nice little oil massage:

Mucho better!

Here is a side by side shot of one of the drawers in front.  The left half had been oiled and the right side hadn’t gotten the treatment yet.

We then moved all the DVDs from downstairs in to the buffet drawers.

I originally bought this piece of furniture because I said it looked like it was straight off of the set of Mad Men.  Troy asked if I thought owning meant Jon Hamm would come over and make out with me, and I told him that girl can dream.

Jon Hamm would have not asked me if oiling up the buffet was a “thing or not”.  Jon Hamm get’s it. I’m just saying.

Step Two
Bring one of the bookshelves from downstairs, up in to Jack’s room.  All the books came up too, and thankfully now all of Jack’s books are in ONE place.  The only downside to this is that now I no longer have a place to hide the books I am so sick of reading.

Step Three
Reorganize the stuff left on the shelving downstairs.

Boba Fett is available for home protection.  For a price.

And for the bonus, Jack’s old bookshelf has been made in to a shoe shelf in the basement inside of the garage door.  No, folks, that is not beat up wood paneling.  That is beat up real wood!  Jealous?

Troy has been asking for a shoe shelf for months.  I’ve resisted since we had a shoe mat there, and homeboy can’t even put his shoes ON it.  As in, he need only slip his shoes off over the mat.  Can’t do it.  Gun to his head, the shoes end up on the carpet NEXT to the mat.  We’ll see how successful the shoe shelf actually is…

Overall, we ignored Jack for about five hours, but we finally got our big projects done.  $15, three rooms, big changes all around.  We’re happy, Jack is happy now that we are paying attention to him again, and most importantly, the buffet didn’t get painted teal.

:shakes fist at Lauren and her mom:

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21 comments on “$15, three rooms, big changes”

  1. I am in LOVE with that stand you thrifted for $15. LUCKY BITCH ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Well now I wonder if just olive oil would work or where I would get grapefruit essential oil ? Inquiring minds will want to know : )

    And just a thought..if you really wanted teal you might just paint the accented part of the wood on the left part and either paint the hardware your teal or replace it with some sort of teal knobs ? That way you’d retain the original wood look for the most part but also nourish the teal part of you inside ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The grapefruit was just because I love the smell – definitely not mandatory! Growing up we had a lot of antique wood furniture, and my mom would make my sister and use lemon Pledge all the time. I love the smell, but didn’t have any lemon essential oils, so grapefruit it is!

      We’re going to be putting in wood floors upstairs next year, so I’m going to get a bright teal area rug. I don’t want to touch the cabinet since it is worth so much money.

  3. I love to rearrange. As we are moving from a smallish apartment to a smaller house this month, I will be in my glory trying to get everything situated.

    And I am sure you can find somewhere else to hid those never ending requested books…

  4. Nothing like rearranging furniture around the whole house! Good for you for trying a little DIY.

  5. Looks great! I always have set things in my head and refuse to move things around after they have already found a home but we need to do the book case and other moves around the house. I guess I have to wait until I find such a wonderful piece of furniture ๐Ÿ™‚ Great work cleaning it all up and if the shoe shelf doesn’t work out, I am sure you can sell that on craigslist too and the project will come up at a profit although you might already be there since you sold the old TV stand for $20 after only spending $15 on the new one! It should be how to rearrange the whole house and make $5 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Are you serious about selling Boba??

    Love the buffet just the way it is.

    • Goodness no, Boba is a member of our family! ;-D He has been in Troy’s life for years and years.

      I meant since he is a bounty hunter, he can be bought. ;-D

    • I can certainly understand that! He would have a nice home w/me…we’re like humongo SW fans – even named our son Luke. (If we have another one, and it’s a girl, we may name her Leia.) So, if one day, y’all ever decide….


  7. If you are not planning on selling it…paint it! It might be worth 1000$ on ebay, but if its never going on there, follow your teal instincts!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Not planning on selling it now, but I don’t want to ruin any chances for the future. Sadly, I’m not going to paint it, but something big and teal will be in my life soon!

  8. I’d be totally scared that beautiful piece of furniture would get ruined as my TV stand. But that is gorgeous!

    • Troy put soft stuff on the base on the TV. The buffet had already been used for years and years as a functional piece of furniture, so I’m not too stress about it.

  9. LMFAO! ๐Ÿ˜‰ We’re both teal whores too, so I feel you on wanting the pop of color. You’re always finding cool stuff at thrift stores, so I’m sure there’s a piece of laminate crap out there just waiting for some TLC and a paint job. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. OMG, this post is so amazing! Your humor kills me!! I’m forwarding this post to all my friends – thank you for brightening my day and for the great ideas ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Tuesday!!