How is it week four of the One Room Challenge already?! As we approach the finish line, the weeks fly by even faster than before. If you missed my plans, the DIY Cable Railing, or How I Almost Got Murdered Over Paint, start with those first. This week I tackled a few main pieces for the room in a much needed MCM Furniture Glow Up. Despite one being a Facebook Marketplace find, I did not get murdered and will not be staring in my own episode of of Unsolved Mysteries this week. But we still have two weeks left, so you never know 😉 Ready to check out what I did this week?
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First things first. If you aren’t down with design lingo, MCM is mid-century modern and I am constantly inspired by it! A few years ago I was lucky enough to attend modernism week in Palm Springs and I fell even harder for MCM! Immediately I began looking for ways to incorporate MCM elements into my designs. So when I found this TV stand on Facebook Marketplace, I instantly envisioned it as a MCM credenza.
MCM Furniture Glow Up
The wall we replaced with our new railing always seemed like an after thought because I filled it with leftover furniture. For this makeover, I wanted to select the furniture pieces more intentionally to fill the space. This is what it looked like before.
Not bad, but it felt a little piecemealed together. The former TV stand got a good sanding and a fresh coat of stain.
To amplify the MCM look, I painted the sliding doors the same color I used on the fireplace.
Now, this former TV stand is the perfect MCM furniture piece for below our new railing.
2nd MCM Furniture Glow Up
I mentioned in the beginning of this post a few pieces got made over this week. That was not a lie. I also made over my vintage tool chest. This piece of furniture has appeared here before but was ready for a new look.
This side table is somewhat sentimental to me as it was handed down from my dad, but I felt like it needed a little something extra. At first I planned only to sand it and re-stain it to match the credenza, but quickly realized a two tone look would make the vintage brass hardware really stand out.
I could not be happier with the finished result! The white really brightens this piece of furniture up!
Compared to the last few weeks, I feel like I didn’t accomplish nearly as much as I should have. With the winter storm that rolled through bringing us about 6 inches of snow and temps in the teens, its a miracle I gave any furniture a glow up truthfully. All I wanted to do was snuggle on the sofa with my pup. Speaking of which, the new credenza is going to double as a closet for all of Marvin’s winter outfits. He might be a spoiled pup 🙂
Not only does the new credenza fit perfectly in the family room, but it feels like a proper piece of furniture. I am definitely not complaining about the bonus storage is gives us either.
Join me again next week to see if I manage to finish everything on my list and to make sure no one gets murdered! Next week I will be addressing the wet bar and hopefully our stairs.
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Don’t forget to stop by the One Room Challenge to check out all the other participants and their progress so far! There are so may talented designers in this group, you will not be disappointed!