Monday, November 14, 2011

Media Stand - ta-da!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Here in Toronto it remained nice and warm, and we had a very productive weekend. We also made some time for a lovely Sunday brunch at Bonjour Brioche in Leslieville (I'm pretty sure everyone knows about it...but if you haven't tried it you should. French goodies at their best!).

Our projects from this weekend are ongoing, however the Mr. took it upon himself to finish our media stand project last week while I was in Vancouver (great surprise!). Our original post is here where I asked you all - what should we do with it? The screaming majority of you said: Paint it!

Keep scrolling to see if we took your advice...

As a reminder - here's what it looked like before:
As you can see - it used to be the EXACT colour of our stairs! Must have been a trend...
The Mr. took this outside and sanded it down to the bare wood - it took a LOT of work.

Like I said above, most of you recommended I paint it...but I have refinished a lot of pieces with paint and it just didn't seem right for this stand. The stand is solid wood (we think it might be maple?), so we went with the vast minority of the little impromptu survey and stained it.

Staining was a three step process (once you got beyond the million-step-sanding process): Wood Conditioner, Stain (we chose Ebony), and Polyurethane protector. 

Here's how the Mr's hard work turned out:



I think he did an amazing job on it - I couldn't be happier with the results. I like the warmth of the stain, and the fact that it brings out the wood grain. I thought paint would look harsh against the very black TV and other electronics.  The sub (to the left) will be moved somewhere, and I'm hoping to get drapes up in this room to "fill in" that corner. In the meantime, we're happy oooh-ing and ahh-ing over our first stain-based refinishing project.



8 comments:

Sarah @ { rad: renovations are dirty } said...

My husband's been to Bonjour Brioche many times.. he's brought me home a few of their tarts, which were delicious. :)

The cabinet looks great, btw!

Tess said...

It looks like it was made for that spot in your house. Great makeover!

Kelly @ View along the way said...

Looks great! Even better when you didn't have to do it all yourself, right? :)

Anonymous said...

It is always nice to poll for suggestions but you made the right choice here. It looks really good and looks great in the room
Good job
Another completed project!!!!

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

It's amazing what a little paint can do!! Looks fantastic :)

Carol@TheDesignPages said...

I LOVE Bonjour Brioche. Brings back memories! Well I am sooooo glad you didn't listen to me and all the other losers who told you to paint it:) It looks stunning. Nice work hubs.

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

The most important thing is that you guys love it and it sounds like that's the case :)

lgrecreated said...

Nice work Hubs! So impressed! Turned out really great!

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