Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Accidental Olive Media Center

Trev and I have been quietly and patiently hunting but not really hunting for a new media center for our living room for quite awhile now.  We didn't need a new one but, we did need a new one if you know what I mean. We purchased the original chinese cupboard when we were first married and it worked in our first house and then travelled with us to this house. The problem with it for our purposes is it only allowed us to half store our audio equipment.
We are semi-professed audiophiles and almost always have some kind of music playing in the background which varies greatly depending on our moods.
We love jazz music and just finished listening to dinner jazz (I am writing this post Wednesday night) on one of our favourite satellite radio stations but have switched over to the new Kings of Leon album. Some nights it could be Peter Frampton and others Dean Martin. We spend a great amount of our nights drinking wine and listening to music to calm down after our long days. We required a media center that could happily house all our components and record player included (we like to kick it old school some nights a-side and b-side)
I went to a home a few weeks ago of a lovely woman and her daughter to pick up these end tables  and a neat skinny dresser. They asked if I would like to see some other antique pieces they had for sale and since they didn't give off the axe murder vibe I agreed.
Wowza, they had the goods. They were however above my price range at the time so I left with a full car but no big pieces.
About a week later the daughter asked if I would like to submit an offer as they really needed them gone and hadn't had other interest. Lucky me, my offer was accepted and 2 vehicles worth of furniture later everything was home.

I had NO intention of keeping any of the pieces until my obliging husband mentioned the 1 oak buffet looked like the perfect size for between our tower speakers in our living room.
After finally finding the tape measure (who takes those things for crying out loud?) it was going to be perfect.


Here is the original buffet (sans drawers)


we were really considering leaving the wood finish. it was half stripped but the top had some weird black stain that would have needed a lot of work.
to my paint workbook i went. i didn't want white, grey would blend into the walls
another green piece? why the hell not! 
i couldn't get that annie sloan olive out of my head. i am in love with it 


and just as a refresher, this is our original cabinet



So here she is, our accidental love her very much OLIVE media center








i played around with the vignette on the top for quite a bit until i got the right tones and balance without visually looking like a cluttered disaster. aged brass, green, terracotta and antique silver.

 



the hardware was a challenge. the original hardware was yucky and i had a heck of a time deciding on something that would blend with our room but stand out on the piece without being oppressive. i had a mixture of wood knobs in my stash that i played around with until they worked. i love the huge ones in the bottom drawer. the 2 center wood knobs are actually hobby lobby

 

this piece saw 2 coats of olive, 1 coat of clear wax, mms antiquing wax and grecian gold rub n' buff on the barber poles and smaller details. these really stand out around 4 pm when the sun is shining in giving it a whole new look depending on the time of day




Have a great day everyone


27 comments :

  1. Glad to see that our cabinet found a loving home! Looks awesome!!!!

    -Sarah

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    1. glad you like it sarah. it ended up being to perfect to leave us.

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  2. Wow - I really love the olive. I have been trying to figure out what to do with some knotty pine furniture and I think I know now... You have really inspired me!

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  3. I can't tell you how MUCH I LOOOOVE the olive color AND the piece itself! It is perfect there and the color is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, love it and the vignette too.

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    1. thanks pinky. i am thinking about doing a little tutorial when i am done with my show on the headers as i have had a few people ask about it

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  4. PS, love your new header too. I am loking for someone to change mine for me:)

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  5. Olive is so pretty. It turned out perfect and I love the chair next to it.

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    1. thanks khammany. the chair i had recovered 2 years ago in a grey olivey velvet that ended up being more perfect with this console.

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  6. It looks great, Meg. And it's even more awesome next to the darker olive chair !! Loving it!

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  7. What a great makeover on that cabinet. It's the perfect color for your room.

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  8. STUNNING! & perfect there! I sure wish I lived close enough to buy one of your drum tables :-(

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    1. thanks merri jo. maybe one day i will figure out the furniture shipping and i can send it to you :)

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  9. Glad to see that I'm not the only one in blogland with tower and center speakers. The cabinet is perfect and that olive is irresistible!

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  10. Glad to see that I'm not the only one in blogland with tower and center speakers. The cabinet is perfect and that olive is irresistible!

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    1. i know what you're saying karen. they are beasts to work around but non-negotiable to us. thanks for visiting.

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  11. I cannot believe how that brings out yet ties together the other items in that corner. Even the jungle around your gorilla. (GORILLA!?) It was a Wow After picture.
    I, too, am a sucker for anything sage-y or olive-y. You did a beautiful job.
    Oh - I also like your Chinese cabinet. You doing anything with that or could I take it off your hands... Just puttin' it out there!

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    1. gorilla yes. his name is king kasaringa. i have just moved the chinese cabinet into my furniture storage for the time being and hadn't really given thought to selling it to be honest. i like it in black so wasn't going to paint it and the back is partly cut out of it right now.

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  12. Olive is one of my favorite paint colors...love the way that piece turned out! Love the look of that whole corner!

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    1. thanks martina. it really changed the look.

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  13. Olive on that piece is fabulous!

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  14. this is my favorite blog party to visit. omg the power of paint and its ability to charm! bravo to you!

    hope you can hop over when you have a chance to read my interview with a hero of mine, rachel ashwell.http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2013/09/couture-prairie-interview-with-rachel.html

    smiles.

    michele

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  15. In love with Olive now. Love the makeover, Meg.

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  16. I am absolutely and completely IN LOVE with your home! So unique!!!

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    1. thanks, i feel the same way every time i virtually visit yours :)

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