I have been promising this for a while. I have had it almost finished for about 3 months now, but I had to paint one part before I showed you all. I did all this right before we put our house on the market and we needed a piece of furniture for a showing so I had to bring it in from the garage. You know how it is when you bring something in.. it never gets finished. Then we moved, and brought it in to set up the Wii for my son while I was unpacking and I finally MADE myself finish it.
[update: I finally took a decent picture of the tv stand, only a few years late; )]
This thing was pretty ugly and kinda falling apart, but for $15 I didn’t expect much.
The first thing I did was bleach it down! Then removed the top drawers and cut out the vertical board that divided the drawers. When I say we I did one, then gave up and my husband did the other and his looked much better… should have just let him do both!
See where I cut them from? Now there is a nice big open space on the top for our dvd player and stereo!
Next I painted the whole thing with the wonderful Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I love that stuff. It is a little expensive and I keep seeing tutorials for homemade chalk paint so I think next time I’ll give that a try! But I would totally recommend this. I didn’t have to sand a thing! That’s what I’m talkin about!
After touch ups here and there I worked on the drawers, and distressed the whole thing (this was the fun part)!!
I originally intended to replace the ugly handles, but they really weren’t that ugly once you got them off of the ugly wood color. So I kept them just the way they were.
I absolutely LOVE my dresser/TV stand. It’s great storage and much cheaper than buying one from a furniture store… plus I like how it looks better anyways : )
Total cost was probably $30 considering I used the paint and wax from Annie Sloan on this AND my Coffee Table with more to spare!
You can see my full living room reveal HERE
I love it! I have no idea where you found the time with two kiddos running around; color me impressed!
Meg and Mum's says
I have an almost identical one of these sitting in my garage! Same carving in the top drawers and all. You've done a beautiful job :)
The DIY Show Off says
LOVE IT! You did a beautiful job on the paint technique!
Jenfier Harrod says
Man that sounds a bit hard to cut the dresseer apart for the shelf to go in.
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That turned out beautifully!!!
that turned out great this is exactly what I need in my living room I'd love it if you would add this to my party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com
Looks amazing. I've been looking for the perfect dresser to transform into an entertainment center. so far no luck. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.
P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.
I really like this, I don't think I would have never thought to do something like this. Great job. I'm a new follower, I would love a visit when you have a chance.
Stacey Of Embracing Change
I think it looks wonderful. I also use Annie Sloan on everything! Thank you so much for sharing!
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I love it! It looks beautiful!
So beautiful! I think the handles look lovely against the old white!
Love this! My son just bought his first house and something like this is exactly what he needs under his huge TV on the wall. Glad I saw your post at Fireflies and Jellybeans :)
You did an awesome job!! I'm working on the same exact project :) Have an old dresser except that it is black so I'm a little nervous as to how its going to turn out covering a dark color..
So glad that I saw yours first, gave me some insight about the shelf part.
Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk says
Really nice!! TFS
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It looks beautiful! So glad you linked up with us!
Northwest Texas says
You did such an amazing job on this. You must have a real gift. I would not have the patience and I certainly don't have the skill. Thanks for sharing the great photos.
Great job!! I have some old pieces I want to paint and distress. What do you mean when you say you “bleached” it before you painted it?
Janelle Feylo says
Do you still check this? I know it is 10 years later since you originally published, but I guess it’s kinda cool that people are still reading!! This is beautiful, you did an amazing job! I am currently planning to do the same. Wondering how your piece held up over the last 10 years, but also did you have to level the inside of where the drawers were (basically what is now under the baskets) against the frame of the dresser? Thanks!