Photo by Kristin Partin Photography
My husband, Ben, is my favorite person. Because of this, and the fact that he just built one of the coolest pieces of furniture ever, I couldn't think of anyone who would be better to write my first guest blog post! He has great advice and I'm so excited he agreed to share it! Enjoy, friends & Happy Friday! :)
BEN: "We have a saying at my work. "First, you must break it and then you can make it better." It is so true. It's not only applicable at my day job, but it's also applicable to any task in which you are actively creating something. If you replace a vinyl floor with hardwood, sometime in between the cheap plastic and the classy polished wood floor is a gluey plywoody mess. If you are cooking dinner somewhere in-between fresh ingredients and delicious meatloaf is a ketchupy bowl of raw meat that needs to be washed. No one wants the messy in-between, but it is necessary.
(our original set up)
I have another saying. "Try Stuff." A more long winded explanation of my saying would be to not let fear or lack of experience stop you from doing something you would like.
Now you are saying, "What does this have to do with a corner entertainment center? I don't care about your favorite sayings." Well my wife wanted a new entertainment center that would fit perfectly in the corner and I wanted one that could hold ALL my video games. Nothing fit our needs within our budget. So I decided to "Try Stuff" by building our own from internet plans and improvisation. I started off with 3 beautiful pieces of plywood and a bunch of pretty pieces of white wood from Home Depot. Then came the mess. And it lasted a long time. I was building the thing from September until early April. The mess lasted that long, because we were either busy on the weekends or it was too cold for woodworking! Also, I made a ton of mistakes. BUt the thing is even if you make mistakes, you can almost always fix them when you are woodworking (As long as there isn't glue involved).
I was afraid of my table saw before this project started. I watched how to videos for weeks before I gained the courage to use it. That is not an exaggeration. Oh but then when I used it I fell in love with the plasticy metaly box thing from heaven. It make cutting planks consistently the same size soooo easy. Then I was afraid to make shaker style doors. After a week or so of watching YouTube videos, I tried it. It took forever because I keep messing them up (I had to go buy more wood too), but in the end I think they look imperfectly satisfying. This corner cabinet is the closest thing I have to my child besides my niece and nephews.
Well after a combination of "Trying Stuff", "Breaking Stuff", "Learning Stuff" and "Fixing stuff" it was finally done and ready for my wife to work her magic with a paint brush. She went simple with the style (plain white) and I love it. I tried helping her paint but I did not have what it took :) Our partnership on projects like these is my favorite thing about our relationship. I make stuff then she makes it beautiful. Without her finishing touches then stuff I make would be... unfinished. Just like me. She completes me! And without the stuff I make Mandy would be painting the electronics in our home. (Mandy once asked if she could paint my PlayStation. I was glad she asked but I declined.)
How we felt when it was done:
Home Depot, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Pure White), Americana Decor Wax (Ultra Matte), Marshalls (Knobs)
And we didn't stop with just the entertainment center! Ben built a custom video game holder that perfectly fits his Nintendo 64 games. Stay tuned for a post coming next week that will detail how Ben built this & I personalized it by painting on our favorite Pokemon! :)
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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