TV Cabinet Makeover

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.

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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:

HomeRight Spray shelter

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:

Frogtape for delicate surfaces is perfect for adding stripes

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 sealer to apply it. I bought it a couple of months ago and had finally decided to give it a try.

And here she is:

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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. 🙂

This color combination is so soft and it is nice and neutral to match any color scheme.

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I picked these handles up at Hobby Lobby…

These are one of my favorites of theirs!

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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??

Tada!!

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…

 

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

This is perfect for linens, games, clothes, or even as a pantry if you don’t already have one!

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper Gal pals are sharing furniture makeovers of their own today:

1.  Girl in the Garage

2.  Prodigal Pieces

3.  Interior Frugalista

4.  Petticoat JUNKtion

5.  Just the Woods

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! 😀

XO,

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  1. Mary Kaiser says:

    Wowza! It is beautiful now. I see them all the time at the thrift store, I wish I had a spot for one in my home. I might just have to go look for a way to redesign my rooms so I can get me one of them and refinish/re-purpose it! Love all your ideas.

    • Thank you, Mary!! I see them all the time too, but they are usually so incredibly big. This one was perfectly petite! Enjoy your weekend! XOXO

  2. Wow, you’re really churning them out 😮 🙂 You’ve made this a totally different “style” which is fabulous – and those handles that came with it now look much better – French style methinks! Well done.

  3. Christina in SW FL says:

    Christy this is absolutely remarkable! You are so right, these entertainment centers are everywhere and, usually, very heavy. I adore the bead-board backing. Someone is going to snatch this up in a hurry!

    • Thank you, Christina! Although this one is quite petite for a TV cabinet, it is still very heavy! Hope it sells quickly! XOXO

  4. It is Gorgeous! ❤️❤️ I had one similar once and wanted to add shelves but the sides were one board, not very thick – so I could never figure out how to make it happen. Your piece would be a perfect piece for any room. Love ❤️

  5. I LOVE this! Absolutely gorgeous And it is a nice versatile size.!

  6. Beautiful. Always love the stripes. Never disappointed with what you do.

  7. I feel the same about them, Christy. Just too cool to pass up transforming them. You certainly did this one justice. Beautiful!

  8. Lori Sawyer says:

    I’ve used that sealer on several projects and no yellow! I look t these cabinets all the time but don’t have space til we move next year

    • Good to know, Lori! It was so much easier than waxing! XOXO

    • Cecilia from Georgia says:

      Lori, I am glad you shared that the sealer works. I bought some but have been chicken to put it on anything. Now I can use it with confidence. I have learned so much from the bloggers and the followers. Thanks!

  9. Barbara Holmes says:

    WOW!!! You are amazing. This came out beautiful, love the stenciling and stripes. I love seeing all your projects.

  10. Christy, Just beautiful! As always, you took an ugly old beast and created a classy looking gem!!!

  11. Great makeover. Amazing! You are so talented!

  12. I love your stripes. I want to stain darker a wood piece and then paint stripes on it. Would you paint first and then stain the whole thing (which would darken the stripes) or stain first, then paint on stripes. Just wasn’t sure about painting over stain.

    Thanks!

    • Thanks, Lisa! If you wanted to paint stripes over stain, I might consider spray painting the stripes on with a regular spray paint like Rustoleum. It should adhere to the stained surface. Maybe try a test piece first? Good luck!

  13. Robyn Wright says:

    Christy! WOW! That is so beautiful!

  14. Marcie Lovett says:

    Wowee wow, what a beauty! Amazing what some paint and beadboard can do.

    All the rain we’ve had has put a cramp in my painting – I’ve got to get a tent! I think I might actually use my sprayer if I had that cleaner, too.

    • Thank you, Marcie!! The tent is awesome and it is huge! HomeRight also makes a medium sized tent that is the same height but narrower. It would easily hold a nightstand for painting. And yes, that cleaning attachment makes cleaning easier! XOXO

  15. Such a great makeover Christy!! I love that you turned it into storage. I see those TV armoires ALL the time but I’m not brave enough to bring home the big stuff anymore like I used to!! Big, heavy…daunting! I’m too old for it!! 😉 I always say to myself, if only I had movers to move all these great (big) finds! I wish!! haha xoxo

    • Thank you, Nancy!! The ones I usually see are gigantic and I can’t haul those things home either, but this one was perfectly petite! If it fits in my jeep, it can come home ha ha! And wouldn’t it be great to have someone to call on for those big pieces?? XOXO

  16. What a great update for this TV cabinet. It’s ready to be enjoyed for many more years!

  17. sharon austin says:

    Love it! I could totally see that in a trendy salon/spa for storage.

  18. Oh wow, if only the former owner could see their tv cabinet now! Love how you breathed new life into this dated cabinet, Christy. So pretty!

  19. Debra A Wise says:

    Gosh, Christy, so breathtaking! Such an amazing transformation!

  20. Janet Schen says:

    Oh my goodness! The cabinet is just beautiful. I love the stencils and the stripes. The beadboard backing gives it a vintage vibe that I adore. It’s just gorgeous! Fabulous makeover!

  21. WOWSER!!!! AGAIN!!!….of course!!!! Yes, you can see/find so many of those cabinets. I use an old one for my sewing fabric. I wish people would understand they are useable and STOP sending them to the landfills!!!!
    You did a great job on this one…dark and ugly to bright, light and beautiful!!!!
    Addie XXOO…..have a good weekend!!!! God Bless!!!

    • Thank you, Addie!! Good for you for finding a new purpose for yours. I have our old one in the garage and it actually is holding fabric also lol, among other things! If only we could save them all!!! Happy weekend!! XOXO

  22. Oh my gosh! How pretty! The paint combo is perfect.
    I’m still trying to figure out where I can use one. I was going to get one for the art studio but then I found a set of lockers for $50. A little clean up, reattaching with new screws and it’s perfect. But oh those tv cabinets…so many possibilities!

  23. Shut the front door! This is a game changer! Youd never even know that it was one of those dated TV things. I love it! Its so pretty now.

  24. Amazing! What a change for the better!

    Christy, what kind of spray adhesive would you recommend? I’ve never used it before and I want to use it on a stencil.

  25. Brenda Johnson says:

    You always do such an excellent job! It’s so fun to see what you will do with something that looks so bad, like turning a pumpkin into a coach!
    I didn’t think you could use chalk paint in a paint sprayer…do you just thin it more?

    • Thank you SO much, Brenda! When I make a fresh batch of chalk paint, it is a bit thin already so I usually make a new one when I use it in the sprayer. The sprayer comes with a tool to measure if your paint is thin enough for the sprayer. You may need to add a little water if it is too thick. XO

  26. Peggy Sanders says:

    I just love it. It is really pretty, great job.
    Also Love your blog.

  27. Cecilia from Georgia says:

    The cabinet is beautiful!! I see these all the time and I hesitate to get it because the last one I saw looked like it may have been fake wood (like a composite). It looks good but it appears that it is a type of laminate. I was given a bunch of drawer fronts off desks and they are the same composite/laminate stuff. I guess I could try one out and see how it takes the paint like you did the little sewing bench. Do you only choose solid wood pieces? I love everything you do.

    • Thank you, Cecilia! Parts of this one are pressed board as well, although I didn’t realize it until I was helping to load it and it was super heavy. I do try to stick to solid wood when I can, but chalk paint works great on any surface! XOXO

  28. Love this idea! They keep showing up in our thrift stores too at high prices but this idea might make a moderate sized one work! Thanks for showing us a great idea to repurpose something so easily found!

    • Thank you, Allison! They are everywhere here too, and I wish I could save them all, but most are just so big! This one was just the right size! XO

  29. SO pretty, Christy… love the color, accents, AND bead board! Perfect!

  30. This turned out so super cute, Christy! I always think the same thing about those old TV armoires – most people just don’t have the vision or desire to upcycle them into something functional again. I also love the GIF you made! 😉

    • Thanks, girl! Honestly this was a lot more work than I expected, but I had never tackled one before so it was kind of fun. Glad you liked the GIF! XOXO

  31. I love this converted entertainment center! I have a beautiful one that I want to make into a bench someday. I just have to figure out how.
    ASCP French Linen is my absolute favorite color of all time. I never dreamed it could look so delicate/feminine mixed with a bit of white. I have 2 of those same Damask stencils and love them. I used it to make a raised stencil on my bathroom vanity door insets. To hive it a more stream-lined delicate look, I omitted the outer parts that swoop up and the lower parts that swoop out – stopping the stencil on the side after the leaf-like parts in the middle – leaving just the center portion from top to bottom. I’m having a hard time describing what part I used but it changed the entire look of the stencil (which I’ve used on a hutch, roll-top desk and numerous other projects). I’d never thought of flipping it & repeating just the bottom portion below the entire stencil. It looks very nice.
    I’m impressed that you were able to convert the old e-center into a beautiful linen cabinet/storage. Your color and stencil choices are magnificent!

    • Thank you so much, Christie! I love French Linen too, and I discovered how pretty this color was mixed with white when I was running low on it and decided to add white to be sure I had enough for my project. Now I mix it with white every time! Love that you use only parts of stencils too…most people don’t think to do that! XOXO

  32. she turned out gorgeous!! so beautiful!

  33. Hello. I a big fan of you. I saw your Christmas tree last year and it was outstanding. Could you please tell me the name. I know you said it was Walmart. Thank you for your time.

    • Thank you, June! You may have mistaken me for someone else regarding the tree as I do not have a Walmart tree. So sorry! XO

  34. Another fabulous makeover! Hooker Furniture used to make enormous entertainment armoires and they were very high quality. It seems a shame to ditch a good piece of furniture and you have given this one a new life.

    • Thank you, Donna! I see beautiful ones all the time for dirt cheap…if only they weren’t so large, because it really is a shame that they no longer serve a purpose! XOXO

  35. Absolutely amazing! The color is the bomb! So many different uses for storage in these entertainment centers! I’m planning on downsizing my home very soon but my main concern and reason for putting it off is storage. Storage in smaller homes is always so very limited! 🙁
    This has given me new encouragement that maybe I can make a small home work. I’ll just put one of these in each room lol! Great projects to keep me busy as well, win win! 🙂

  36. That is just BEAUTIFUL! I love the shelves!!!

  37. LOVE it! I also love and bought the same handles.Gorgeous as usual – your work is such an inspiration. This should sell in no time, but I don’t know how you let such beautiful pieces go. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Susie!! I absolutely adore these handles and you cannot beat the price when they’re half off! I just dropped this off at my booth today…it is hard to let some pieces go for sure, but easier when I don’t have a spot for them! XOXO

  38. Beautiful! I love this make-over…so gorgeous!

  39. Darlene Badgley says:

    You are amazing and so talented!! I have a question?? How did you add the shelf supports inside the entertainment center? I’m just wondering if there is a problem with the screws showing in the outside, if so, how do you cover them up?
    Thank you so much for posting results all of your beautiful furniture pieces…you’re inspiring!!!! 💕💕

    • Aww thank you, Darlene!! I used screws that stopped just before going through the outside of the cabinet, so there was nothing to cover. This cabinet sold already in my shop…guess I should keep my eyes out for another! XOXO

  40. Naomi Alvarado says:

    Morning,
    I absolutely love your diy’s, 💜. Thank you for sharing all your wonderfully creations. I’m glad I found your blog and Instagram two years ago. Blessings from Nazareth, PA

    Naomi Alvarado

    • Thank you so much, Naomi! I am so glad you found me too! Thank you so much for choosing to follow along with me! Best of luck on the giveaway! XOXO

  41. I just love the transformation! And, I am so intrigued with the idea of spraying the chalkpaint. How do you decide which pieces to spray and which to paint by hand? I just love your blog, we recently moved from Hampton Roads to sunnier Florida. We left all of our furniture behind, and I am thrifting my way thru the area and having a blast. You have been such an inspiration!

    • Thank you SO much, Susan! I don’t spray pieces very often because I actually enjoy the quiet lost-in-thought process that comes with painting by hand. However for this piece, I was in a time crunch and needed to get it done. The sprayer certainly is much faster! And how fun that you got to start from scratch and look for new furniture. I often think how fun that could be! XO

      • Thank you so much, Christy! I agree with you about getting lost…but after getting lost in 2 bedroom sets, a 3 piece china cabinet, dining table, dresser turned entertainment center and coffee table I need to find my way out! I just ordered your recommended sprayer, tent and cleaning tool. Oh, happy day! Our color schemes are so similar. You have been such an inspiration!

  42. The transformation is amazing. I love everything about it, especially the color. I hope others will be inspired to rescue all those old TV cabinets out there, instead of going to the landfill.

    • Thanks, Lizzy! I see these cabinets all the time for super cheap, but they are too big for me to get them home! This one has actually sold already, so I’ll have to be on the lookout for another one! XO

  43. I wish someone would start a business to remove half of the back side of these large armoires. I have a beauty but it’s for the huge computer monitor.

  44. I’ve looked at this post several times now knowing full well I had seen it before but something kept brining me back to it. Every time I see it I wish I had one to makeover, not even realizing that I do have one. Sitting right here in front of my face every single day and it just didn’t dawn on me to use it until now. I really need some extra storage in my main bathroom. It’s not a big bathroom but it’s not small either. I think it will actually fit well and will give me a place to really keep my towels where they are needed. My cabinet is sort of a plain Jane but with a little bit of embellishment I think it could be exactly what I need!

    • Oh funny! It was right in front of you the whole time. No wonder you kept coming back to this post! Good luck with your transformation! XO

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