If you were able to pick up on the fact that I was channeling "Doc" from "Back to the Future", you and I are really going to be friends!! (But if not, we could still be friends anyway!) :)
I found all sorts of good things at the thrift stores this weekend, but this was the only big thing I got.
It was $25 and tucked away in the back. Outside of being dirty & dusty, it's in near perfect condition. It's the perfect size and width for my room, too. I wasn't so sure about it at first, so I went to another thrift store and then came back for it. I don't know if it's just me, but I find that I get really cheap when it comes to buying stuff from thrift stores. I was seriously looking at this thing for like, 2o minutes, trying to decide if it was worth $25. I even sent a photo of it to 2 people to get an opinion of whether or not it was worth it. Isn't that crazy? I found a small galvanized storage desk thing marked $3.99 (that still had the tag on it from Home Goods!!!!), and I felt like it was priced too high 'cause I was thinking more along the lines of $.99. I think I really get ridiculous when I go to these places, and I need to get over it. I bought a floor lamp 2 weeks ago for $.99, and now I don't think I should have to pay a penny more for anything else. I should've got that storage thing.
Anyway, I'd been debating between a china cabinet or sideboard/buffet for my dining room, but decided to look for a sideboard since I really need the additional surface space. It has a shelf in the inside, and should give me the additional storage I need, at least for the time being. I really love the hardware, too, so I think I'm going to try the solution of vinegar and salt that Jenny used to see if it will clean these up.
I don't think I was 100% sold because I really wanted something with legs on it, and not a piece that sat flat on the floor. After looking at the bottom, I realized that I can probably just take the "lip" off from around the bottom and add legs instead. I think that's a little more up my alley. What do you think about adding legs???? For those of you who are kind enough to leave a comment, please also tell me whether you think I should remove the lattice from in the middle. I originally thought yes, then no, and now back to yes. Once I take them out, that will be it, since I'm going to have to break them.
I'm thinking about something like this . . .
but I'm not quite sure where to find them here. I'll have to do some research.
I don't really know what the plan is for this yet, in terms of color and paint (type). I'm thinking black, white, red, grey or yellow, but I'm open to suggestions. I've been thinking about repainting my dining room (white on the bottom & something different on the top), and I need new curtains, chairs, and a rug, so I don't really have a scheme to decorate around. For now I just applied wood putty to fill the dents in the front (what you see in the photo), and I'm going to take my time looking at different inspiration rooms. I should be able to find something I like, because my book is bursting at the seams. For those of you who are kind enough to leave a comment, please tell me whether you think I should remove the lattice from in the middle. I originally thought yes, then no, and now back to yes. Once I take them out, that will be it, so I need to make the right choice the first time.
And on another note, for those of you who, like me, been debating the merits of oil-based vs. latex paint, let me direct you to this post by Kate @ Centsational Girl. She just refinished a great china cabinet and has relayed her experiences along with the product(s) and technique she used. If you're a DIY-er, I highly recommend that you bookmark her post for future reference. She has a great site and has done some amazing transformations in her own home, so you should really look around while you there, too.
**I wrote this on Friday night and it's now Sunday (and you should be reading this on Monday), so I also have to add that I emailed her TWICE over the weekend to ask some additional questions about the product(s) and she was really nice & very helpful. Thanks again, Kate!