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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

An Obsession with Bamboo

We at MoS have a few design weaknesses, and one of them is definitely faux bamboo furniture. We absolutely love it! And we absolutely love DIY projects. Faux bamboo furniture is classic- it was popular in the 60's, and by scouring eBay, craigslist, and estate sales, you can find some great older pieces, often at affordable prices, that are just begging for a little DIY love. Or, you can spend $1,550 on this nightstand from Williams-Sonoma Home. Yes, it has a Carrara marble top. But when you think about a pair costing well over $3,000, that is hard to justify!

Night stand, $1,500. http://www.wshome.com/
Especially when you can get something similar for so much less. All you need is a bit of DIY inspiration (we're always inspired by Eddie Ross's amazing before and afters, http://www.eddieross.com/), a little bit of time and patience to search around for a good deal, and a little (ok, sometimes a lot) of elbow grease.
Enter this chest I found at the Goodwill Outlet (yes, the final resting place for whatever doesn't sell at the Goodwill "retail" stores). The one in Charlotte is located at 2901 Freedom Drive. I almost didn't see it because it was obscured by a baby bathtub (really!) sitting on top of it. But thankfully I did a "twice over" and saw the potential beneath the bathtub. $12 later, it was mine. First order of business was to CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN it. Next, I sanded it to remove the yellowish paint and scratches. Then I cleaned it again.

Next came a coat of primer.

Finally, time to paint. I originally painted it a white white and painted the original hardware black. But the white was just too white.

So I went over it with a couple coats of SW Honey White, and that was perfect. Stark white can be a little blinding sometimes! And, voila! The finished product:
So $12 for the chest and $3 worth of paint, I have all of $15 invested and love it (take that, W-S Home)! And best of all, I can pretty much guarantee that no one else in the world has a piece like this! I am thinking it is just right for my entryway. What do you think? Share your comments and DIY tips in the comments section! We'd love to hear what you're up to!
Tip: Styling your furniture is the icing on the DIY cake! Don't forget that adding personal items like a pretty lamp, a vase of flowers, or some fun coffee table books is the perfect finishing touch for your DIY masterpiece.

12 comments:

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

It looks amazing! You know, I actually like yours much better than the one from WS Home. What a steal!

Jennifer said...

That is adorable! What a great idea...I am going to have to copy you. If only there was a Goodwill outlet in New York. Just another reason for me to travel down to Charlotte soon. Seriously, I am going to search Ebay for Bamboo furniture now. So cute...keep up the good work MOS girls!

Anonymous said...

I love it! What an inspiration.

Julie said...

I agree - it looks better than the one in W-S home. I'm going to go bargain hunting this weekend myself.

Betsy said...

Looks great! Perfect size for an entryway and I love the black knobs.

kristan said...

wow! you have the best finds. nicely done. and holy crap... i used to work with eddie ross at the food network. too funny!

tarheel said...

oh my gosh, I adore that!! I live in Charlotte and have NEVER gone to that Goodwill, but now I'm reconsidering...

Rosa said...

Excellent work! Bravoooo!!!

Rosa
absolutelygirlythings.blogspot.com

michèle said...

beautiful job - It is so satisfying to save money and give new life to an old treasure - and bamboo is elegant, sturdy and really hot at the mo. It is appearing everywhere - garden patches, floors, cutting boards - even bicycles like "Bamboo Bikes" in Brooklyn (I heard about them on NPR)

Stephanie said...

I found two faux bamboo nightstands at circawho (circawho.com), a local re-sale shop that I LOVE, and I have been trying to research the best way to restore them. DIY projects make so much sense in this economy and you feel so proud of the end result! After reading about your DIY project...I'm now confident in tackling this with no prob! THANKS.

threepinkdots said...

This is so fabulous! I have to ask, where did you buy the pull knobs? I have a Dorothy Draper chest that I have refurnished and need the pull knobs. Thanks!!!

Nicole Torres said...

I know this an older post, but I love bamboo and faux bamboo as well. especially when its free!
I was lucky enough to br given this one. It was going to the dumpster. So take a peek and visit
mypassion4designs.blogspot.com
for my before and after faux bamboo
nightstand. Thanks for all your work, love it! -nt

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