We needed an island for our kitchen, and because we rent we needed to be cautious about what would be acceptable to our landlord. We decided to 'install' a removable island that we built ourselves, to go with the theme of our room.
First item that we used was brought to us by our neighbors Gary and Carol. They found it on the side of the road after garage sale days were done and thought we could come up with 'something' we could use it for!
We CERTAINLY could!
Next stop was at the Habitat Restore for additional cupboards. Found this nice little lower cabinet with drawers and a slide out. I think our cost was $25.
Not sure just exactly how we were going to lay them out, we brought them into the kitchen to have a look. After several configurations were checked out, we decided on this one. Let the fun begin!
Next thing we needed to do was cut a plywood top to the desired shape. We added brackets to screw the top into, for bracing and stability.
The plywood top was cut and then the painting began. The countertop won't go on until we have it painted and in place. We also laminated the top with a grey speckled countertop laminate. Another FIRST for us. Worked slowly and after watching many you-tube videos we tackled it. Can't believe how well it turned out! Unfortunately we were so concentrated on the procedure that we didn't take any pics- oops!
Brought the pieces into the kitchen and attached them to each other.
Once again, got wrapped up in the project and didn't get many in progress pictures. Once the top was in place and secured, we added the metal banding around the countertop and reinstalled the old banding on the original unit. Hardware was replaced with authentic period handles and pulls. We added quarter round and trim to the base to make it look like it was a permanent fixture. The great thing about this build is that with the removal of some screws and a trim piece, the unit can be disassembled fairly quickly, and reinstalled elsewhere if we move!! The landlord actually saw it the other day and was WOWED! Guess we did okay ;)
When he brings home an old tv...
So, in comes Greg with this 'monster' television that doesn't work. 'I got it on Craigs List, it was a great deal!!' He was so excited to show me..and all I can say is...'uhhhhhhh?' For the life of me I can't fathom what he is going to do with it, but hey- I roll with it. He's a little crazy and I GET that!
So what follows is a conversion that can only be described in pictures...First thing Greg did was gut the tv cabinet. Now, without being too descriptive, lets just say- BE CAREFUL if you plan on doing this..check you-tube (or the internet or your local tv repair man for instructions on how to remove a picture tube! ) nuff said- no one got hurt! ;)
He was careful about removing the knobs and safety glass, as he wanted to reuse them. That glass was CRAZY thick! And the cabinet was so deep that Greg decided to trim it down to a manageable piece of furniture using the jigsaw.
So now it's been gutted and trimmed down. I am still shaking my head, wondering what is next. We painted the cabinet and polished knobs and trim. It looks beautiful...but I still don't get it...I'm not seeing the vision. A lot of what he did next unfortunately wasn't recorded with the camera. A piece of MDF was cut to the exact shape of the opening inside the tv trim. Greg then airbrushed (painted) the 'I Love Lucy' opening title on the mdf (while I slept, if I remember correctly) Next day it was time to insert said panel, reconstruct the knobs, and secure the back panel to the tv. Tapered legs were purchased at our local home improvement store and painted to match the TV cabinet. The rabbit ears/converter lamp was placed on the top, and VIOLA!, we have what looks like an old television that appears to be broadcasting I love Lucy! I have nicknamed her Lucy...and Lucy has a prominent place in our mid-century living room. 'She' is one of our favorite pieces...and I am so glad that Greg saw the potential in that old tv.
By the way, I still think he's a little crazy ;)
A bit about us...
I'd like to tell you a little about US...
We met in 2006, in an online art forum. I (Linda)was from Alberta, Canada and Greg from Wisconsin, USA. It seemed we were always drawn to the same forums and types of artwork, and our personalities (a.k.a. weird senses of humor) just clicked. Wasn't long before we decided to meet in person, and by 2008 we were married!! We reside in the small town of Waunakee in Wisconsin. As we both have day jobs, we do our art and 'projects' in the evenings and on the weekends. Both of us are 'fine art' painters who play mostly in watercolor, acrylic paints on paper or canvas. We have chosen a slightly different path recently, working with more wood, fabric, and recycled items, and we are having so much fun! Every project is a journey and we constantly learn and constantly change.
Our latest labor of love is to bring the feel of the mid-century back to OUR home and YOUR home. It is so much fun coming up with ideas and twists on the retro and mid century modern styles, and putting them to canvas, linen or wood. Throughout our site you will see vintage, retro, mid century and everything in between.
We hope you enjoy toodling around our site!