Furniture Makeover: Outdated Dresser To New TV Stand ~ Turn a thrift store dresser into a blue painted TV stand with storage using chalk style paint.
I now have a new TV stand for the basement family room area that was very inexpensive compared to buying brand new. It also is exactly the colour I wanted to match the décor and colour scheme in this living area. Best of all I love how it turned out!
I had researched loads of other similar projects that other bloggers have shared on their blogs as well as on Hometalk. I have to admit I was so inspired by the numerous furniture makeover projects. But I was quite hesitant to do one of my own and there was a really good reason as to why.
This is what my father did for a living. He was what you call a ‘true master craftsman’ when it came to working with wood and furniture. As a furniture refinisher he could take a damaged antique or just an old piece of furniture and give it new life again. Conversely, he could take a new piece of furniture and make it look vintage. He was contracted by interior designers, furniture stores and moving companies and was very busy throughout his career. I remember him spending hours stripping furniture, matching custom colours of varnish and paint and spraying furniture in his shop.
My father is in his late eighties now and still living independently. During when of my visits with him I told him I had bought an outdated dresser at the thrift store and was painting it. His eyebrows went up immediately and he asked me how the stripping was going. When I told I wasn’t stripping it first before painting his eyebrows went even higher. I explained that the dresser I bought was well made but it wasn’t made of quality wood. I also explained that I was trying a very popular paint known as chalk paint. After researching how this paint works I learned that you don’t have to strip the wood and nor do you have to prime it first. This paint seems to adhere to the wood on its own as well as fill in any small grooves and imperfections quite nicely.
So what was the end result of my first Furniture Makeover: Outdated Dresser To New TV Stand? I have to say it turned out exceptionally well and even my father was very impressed with the final result! Here is how I did it…
Instructions for Furniture Makeover: Outdated Dresser To New TV Stand
This is the before picture. As you can see the dresser has what I call “good bones”. It is quite a large piece. It was very heavy to carry out of the thrift store. After I paid for it I had to go back with my daughter to help bring it home. It took three of us to lift it into the back of the SUV.
The first thing I did was remove the drawers. Then I removed the two doors, the handles and the hardware. It was pretty easy to do with a screwdriver.
The next thing I did was wash the dresser using the cleaning product T.S.P. to ensure there was no grease or particles on the furniture.
Then I mixed the paint. I decided to make my own chalk paint because I wanted to create my own custom colour. I had previously recovered an old ottoman that I had purchased at the same thrift store with this gorgeous navy blue fabric. I explain how I did this in How To Recover An Old Outdated Ottoman. You will be so impressed to find out how easy that is to do too!
I also have a blue accent wall painted navy blue in this room and I wanted to paint the dresser with the same colour. I chose the colour Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore. How To Make Color Custom Chalk Paint tells how to make your own. I can’t believe how easy it is to make and paint with!
I used a 4” foam roller with a long handle and 2” flat paintbrush for the edging. I applied two coats of paint with a 24-hour drying time between each coat.
I wanted to purchase new hardware to give the new painted dresser a whole new look but I couldn’t find any that matched the holes that were already in place. I didn’t want to bother with drilling new holes and filling the old ones so I had to go to plan B.
I chose to spray paint them instead with a bronze coloured spray paint. Since each handle was made from brass with a piece of wood in between I needed to use a primer first. My favourite spray paint primer that is the easiest to use with the best results is the Kilz product (not sponsored). You will notice that I placed a tack in each hole where the screw goes in. I didn’t want it to fill up with paint making it difficult or impossible to reattach the newly painted handles. I applied one coat of primer and two coats of the bronze paint.
Here is a close up of the handle. I think they look fabulous against the navy blue!
The last step was to apply two coats of Minwax Paste Wax (not sponsored) with a soft cloth. I allowed for a 24-hour curing time between each coat.
I chose not to replace the two doors and I love that I now have extra storage with the drawers.
To add a final touch I sewed a runner for the TV stand in a coordinating fabric.
That is me resting my feet on the recovered ottoman enjoying my new furniture makeover!
If I can do it with my father’s approval… might I add… so can you! With new products and materials on the market it makes so doable to have fun creating whole new pieces of furniture from items that otherwise would end up not being used at all or in landfill sites.
Here is a pinnable image for pinning for future reference and for sharing…
Here are a couple of other projects I previously shared using the Kilz primer and chalkboard spray paint. Another super easy painting technique with great results!
I spray painted these milk cartons first with the primer before I applied two coats of black chalkboard spray paint to make these awesome herb pots.
This chalkboard was made from an outdated dry mounted print I bought at the thrift store! I just spray painted with one coat of primer and two coats of black chalkboard spray paint.
Are you inspired? Have you tried any furniture makeovers? I would love to learn your tips and ideas.