Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Credenza: Part I

We have been looking for a credenza forever, probably since last August. Our old one was this particle board, mass manufactured, hunk of junk that held a tube TV. After we got married, the hubster quickly banished the tube tv and bought himself a man-sized flat screen for our living room. The particle board thingy just didn't work any longer and I Craigslisted it for $20. Ever since then our media/gaming/DVDs have been sitting on the floor a la dorm style. Look at all of those ugly cords, ack!



I do not prefer the look of the traditional entertainment center and have been pining for a cool credenza. A fellow blogger, Dana over at Mid 2 Mod, has lately been posting loads of ├╝ber gorgeous long and low mid-century credenzas on her Facebook page. Every time she does, I day dream of finding one on the side of the road, since that would be the only way I could afford such a fabulous piece!

This past Saturday, I was heading to the store and dreading the thought of dodging the masses at Wally world, when I saw a beacon of hope, which was really a nice big neon yard sale sign. I hung a quick right. As I did the yard sale drive by, I spotted a vintage looking credenza at the end of the driveway. I hit the brakes and hopped out.

I wasted no time checking out the credenza and its unique look. I ran my hand along the top and promptly acquired a large splinter in my thumb! Yes, the piece was rough, but it was solid and ripe for a redo. I asked the lady how much and she said 5 bucks. This is my kind of price range! She and her husband even loaded the credenza into the back of my ride, how nice. 

I turned around and went right back to the house. I had to get the monster splinter out of my thumb and unload my new find. Unloading would require the help of the hubby. Oh man, what was he going to think of this beat up piece of furniture? I backed into the drive and he came around the side of the house and said, "That was a quick trip to the store." I told him that I didn't quite make it because I saw a yard sale and scooped up our new 'entertainment center' (not 'credenza', he is a man's man and probably would have immediately said no if I used such a word) for 5 bucks. He helped me move it from the trunk to the garage and gave me kudos for the cheap find and said he'd help sand it down. SCORE! He didn't say no at least and he offered to help with the redo!

Here is a teaser picture:



As a lover of mid century modern furniture, I started wondering who was the manufacturer of the piece? When was it made? It had these odd leather straps on the slide doors, which at first didn't make sense. There was a hole in only one of the sliding doors. Why wouldn't the other have a hole to make it easy to pull either door open?

I began doing some Google and 1stdibs research and things started to get interesting!

Come back tomorrow for part 2 and full pictures of what turns out to be a nice mid-century find! CLICK HERE FOR PART 2
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8 comments:

  1. I know what it is!!! But I promise not to spoil it. :)

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    1. Thanks Joe, I knew you and Dana would know the maker of this piece!

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  2. My SIL and I were immediately on the phone talking about your score. (That's his comment above mine.) OMG...I won't spoil your reveal either...so I'll just say again...OMG. Really happy for you. That's a major find for $5.

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    1. Thanks Dana! All of the credenzas in your store are so beautiful! Thanks for being excited for this redo! I might have a few questions for you and the SIL about this piece.

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  3. I'm excited to see what it looks like, because we are looking for a credenza too.

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    1. Hi MBFS, I am excited too. This will be our first redo, yikes!

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  4. I love when noun words become verb words... craigslisted. Can't wait to see the reveal!

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  5. I was so excited about your find that I forgot to thank you for the mention! :)

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