I see old TV cabinets every time I visit thrift stores. They have usually been marked down a time or two and are really cheap. The poor things are becoming obsolete and I just want to rescue them all! I always think what great storage pieces they could be if only given the chance.
Awesome friends, I finally found one that would actually fit in my jeep:
Although it was more than I wanted to spend at $50, I knew Furniture Fixer Upper Day was coming and I thought this would be a fun one to rescue. Well today is the day! (Be sure to look for my friends’ makeovers at the bottom!) I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
The size of this cabinet makes it perfect for extra storage in just about any room of the house, and so I set out to transform it.
First I removed the innards:
They were held in with several screws. I also removed the back since it screamed TV cabinet.
Then I busted out my HomeRight spray tent and sprayer. It can get quite windy around here so it isn’t the easiest place to spray furniture, but this past weekend was unusually calm so I took a chance. I sprayed one coat of Behr’s Bit of Sugar made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) I make a fresh batch to use in the sprayer since it is a bit thinner when I first make it.
Then I gave it two coats of a mix of Annie Sloan’s French Linen and Bit of Sugar:
I did add just a tablespoon or so of water to the mix to thin it first.
Cleaning your sprayer is so much easier if you have this tool HERE. I use it with a five gallon bucket and clean up is super easy.
After it was dry, I decided to add a damask stencil to the top panels:
I used this one HERE. I used spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place, spraying the back of the stencil. Then I used a small brush and my white chalk paint to fill it in. I tried to brush away from the edges as much as possible. I used the full pattern at the top, then flipped it around and used a portion of the same stencil on the bottom of the top panel so it would fit.
Then I added my favorite… stripes to the bottom using FrogTape for a little more interest:
You can see how I easily measure out my stripes in this post HERE. I only added one coat of paint, and then removed the tape as soon as I was done.
I sealed with something new this time: Clear Coat Satin Finish by Dixie Belle Paints, using this brush made especially for sealers to apply it. I bought it a couple of months ago and had finally decided to give it a try.
And here she is:
I quite liked the ease of using a brush-on sealer this time, and I noticed no yellowing so far. That has always been my fear when using brush-on sealers with chalk paint, and probably why I had taken so long to try it out. I’ll try it on something white next and report back. UPDATE: It works awesome over white pieces and NO yellowing! 🙂
This color combination is so soft and it is nice and neutral to match any color scheme.
I picked these handles up at Hobby Lobby…
These are one of my favorites of theirs!
For the insides, I cut three shelves out of 12″ X 48″ pine pieces from the Home Depot, using my miter saw. Then I cut two supports for each shelf out of the scraps:
I cut those 2″ wide.
Everything got a good sanding, a coat of primer, and two coats of Behr’s latex enamel in satin in Ultra Pure White. (Leftover from my kitchen cabinets.) I used that since the shelves might take some abuse over time.
Then I predrilled the shelf supports and the inside of the cabinet before attaching them to the inside with screws…
Ready to see how the inside turned out??
This sad throw-away is functional again!
You can see I added a new beadboard backing that I had cut to the size I needed at Lowes…
This is perfect for linens, games, clothes, or even as a pantry if you don’t already have one!
Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper Gal pals are sharing furniture makeovers of their own today:
If you liked this makeover you’ll like this one too:
See how I transformed this thrift store screen HERE.
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I made with this old backing to a mirror I turned into a chalkboard:
UPDATE: See what I created with this HERE now!
Have a great weekend! 😀
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