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Dresser Dilemma!

Not too long ago we were blessed to have found the perfect dresser to convert to a TV stand. We thought that maybe the inside could be used as shelves to hold the components but upon closer inspection, the materials there seem to be very bowed and of very thin materials. I would post a picture of it, as I've taken a few from my iPad - but when it pops up on Hometalk the picture is upside down - I'm not sure if that's a bug or not... Anyway, they look like they can be replaced, but the material would have to be somewhat thin to fit in the slots. Being inexperienced in this area, we're not sure where to go from here. Has anyone else run across this? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 5, 2012

    It seems someone else posted a project like this just a week or so ago. I think they said the dust covers were flimsy, but held up to their components. As for the photos, there is a way to edit photos added onto Hometalk. Not sure, but I bet there's a way to rotate using it. Yep, I just checked and it called "orientation".

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 5, 2012

    Thanks for your reply, Becky! Ah, I see. These are warped in the back though, so my concern is that the components would be blocked and overheat. :( Ah, I'd have to wait until I'm on a PC before I can do that. There's no feature on a mobile. (iPad) I tried to rotate it before I sent it and it was still upside down. I'd post it now, but I have a feeling everybody will get a crick in their neck. LOL! I'll try and update e post later with a pic. :)

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 6, 2012

    You're welcome. How about you post it, I'll save it to my computer, turn it around and repost it right side up for you. Then you can delete the wrong side up one. Or I can start a new thread for with the right side up picture in the original posting for you by copy and pasting your original post so you can delete this thread.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Sep 6, 2012

    April, you can post it, because we have a new photo editor that will allow you to rotate your photo if it shows up upside down :)

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 6, 2012

    Becky - That's so sweet of you! But I don't want it to be of too much trouble. :) Miriam - Will the photo editor work even if it's mobile (for example: the iPad)?

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 6, 2012

    I really don't mind at all April. I work from home, when I feel like it, so I'm at my computer off and on all day long.

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Sep 6, 2012

    April - that i don't know. Let me check with Yair.

  • Yair Spolter
    Yair Spolter Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 6, 2012

    Hi April, since ipads do not have flash you will not be able to post the photo directly or rotate it, but if you post it from a pc I can take care of rotating it for you.

  • Just turn the I pad upside down then take a photo. Post it upside down, and it will come back right side up?

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 7, 2012

    @Becky - Thanks for your kind offer, I really appreciate it! I may have to take you up on it! @Miriam and Yair - Thanks for the collaborative help, and the information! I figured as much that it probably wouldn't have the capability, but I had to ask in case it was handled a different way and I missed something. Hopefully this post will help other iPad users who are wondering the same thing. @Woodbridge - Hmm, interesting idea. Originally I took the photo in landscape mode, so I'm not sure what Hometalk and the iPad consider upside down in that mode. I'll experiment and then give an update.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 7, 2012

    *Update* Okay, I've done an experiment and it seems that Woodbridge was right on target in guessing the problem. For some reason - in landscape mode - it wants you to hold the iPad with the camera to your left (and the button to your right.) I know I should know these things, but when I took the picture initially in the app - it looked the same no matter which side I took it from. Strange... As for the dresser...Upon further research - thanks to Hometalk! - we've figured out a way to get the job done. We were going about it all wrong. I shoudlve researched first, but our problem was more specific. I originally wanted it to fit in like the old warped boards, but realized that in order to get them in would require it to be too bendable - which of course would compromise the tensel strength too much. We've opted for birch cut to size - as it is a close match to the wood that is already in there. Will post pictures as soon as we move it to it's destination! :)

  • KMS Woodworks
    KMS Woodworks Nederland, CO
    on Sep 7, 2012

    don't forget the vents in the back for air flow...some at the bottom and the top for a natural convective flow

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 7, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder, KMS! We've already drilled holes for the wires in back. :)

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 7, 2012

    How many vent holes? Two per shelf or?

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 7, 2012

    Oh good, I'm happy you've figured it out. I was gone most of the day yesterday so didn't get a chance to check back in as I normally would have.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 7, 2012

    @Becky - Thanks! No problem. I understand how busy things can get. Hopefully I can post pictures of it tomorrow. We're just going to make sure everything works.

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 7, 2012

    Looking forward to seeing it. I have a MCM dresser I planned on turning into a flat screen TV ET center, but we decided on a different arrangement in our Gentleman's Parlor so the piece is now used as decor storage in the Ladies Parlor. I've yet to stain it though. Our daughter's wedding got in the way ;^) and then everything else did too. Someday.....

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 7, 2012

    @Becky - Thanks! We're putting it in the room today. Oh, that sounds nice! And it sounds like you you have wonderful plans for it. Looking forward to seeing it when you do. Congratulations on your daughter getting married! Things must be crazy busy for you during this time. :)

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 8, 2012

    Oh great! Yes we're very busy catching up on things we didn't get done for planning the wedding, but then we also got a few things accomplished around the house that we'd been putting off. Like real stairs. LOL Yes we lived here over eight years with construction grade 2 x 10 stairs. Here's a picture of the dresser. I had to fill where it looked as though a puppy had chewed on a couple drawers so I'll be staining it a dark walnut to hide the filler.

    I've not taken the time to figure out what photographs to put in the frames yet, I'll use some of my own photography, but I did find an awesome MCM lamp to replace this one.

    I've not taken the time to figure out what photographs to put in the frames yet, I'll use some of my own photography, but I did find an awesome MCM lamp to replace this one.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 9, 2012

    Thanks! Were thinking of lining the bottom drawer now and were still experimenting on where to put it. I can imagine so. I'm glad to know you're getting many projects done. Wow! I know what you mean - there's been things we've been meaning to do for years and have just gotten around to them. :) Wow, that is one beautiful dresser! That would look great in dark walnut! And I like how you've arranged the pictures. :)

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 9, 2012

    Oops... P.S. Will try to post a pic of the dresser as soon as we get the drawer possibly lined and in.

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 10, 2012

    Thank you April. Glad you didn't laugh at the fact I hung frames before I had pictures to put in them. I've gotten a few strange looks. I hope you find something that works for your dresser soon.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 10, 2012

    You're very welcome! :) Nah, not at all. It's good space planning. Sometimes it's good to just set things where you'd like them to go so you can get a better idea of the overall picture. Thanks! Then I can put the drawer back in and it'll look complete. :)

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 10, 2012

    You're welcome. I should have know that like minded decorating folks would understand my picture-less frames.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 10, 2012

    Hehe, but of course. :) I could probably match that in we've hung curtains that don't even match before reprinting the room. But it helps us to see what a whole new palete looks like.

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 10, 2012

    Count me in on doing that one too.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 10, 2012

    Hehe. Good to know I'm not alone in these things, :)

  • Z
    Z
    on Sep 11, 2012

    Nope.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Sep 11, 2012

    :)

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