Drab to Chic!
Before I get started, I just want to let you all know I wouldn’t normally post twice in such a short time period. However, I felt the launch deserved a post all on it’s own and now it’s time to hit my first DIY/home decor project. Enjoy!
I could not believe the response for my Launch Giveaway on Instagram… Everyone who entered picked which of my DIY projects they wanted to learn more about. I was blown away by the number of people interested in how I turned an old, ugly dresser into a beautiful and functional entertainment center!
I’ll be honest, I was kind of glad that this TV stand project won based on the winner’s choice. It is definitely one of my favorite projects that I’ve ever done in my home. It was really a simple project in comparison to many I’ve done. We all know many projects come with a lot of unexpected issues, but this one was very straightforward. So, before I start I just want to say thank you to everyone that played along with the giveaway and congratulations to Katie (@home2family) for winning the Starbucks gift card!
So how did I go from Drab to Chic with this Dresser to TV Stand project?
The dresser started out a dark honey color. It was awful to say the least! I found it at a local thrift store. It was being used as a table to hold store inventory, and I talked them down to $60 for it! This was a great deal because it is SOLID…and heavy!! Unfortunately, I did this project about a year ago before I ever even had the thought of starting a blog and posting my DIY projects. I wasn’t perfect with taking photos at every stage but I think you’ll get the point :)
This was the dresser with the drawers removed and the top completely sanded down to it’s original wood. I ended up staining only the top so on the rest of the dresser I just did a light sanding in order for the paint + primer to stick.
I then pulled out the drawer guides for the ones I was going to use as a shelf and left the ones where I was keeping drawers. These were held in place by finishing nails so they popped out fairly easy. The next step was to remove all the hardware from the drawers.
Once the hardware was removed, I moved on to staining the top. I only wanted to stain the top of the dresser and the beveled molding around the edge. So, I used painters tape to mark off the places I didn’t want to stain. I believe I used Minwax stain in Espresso (see, I didn’t keep up with it because I didn’t know I’d be doing this one day!). Anyway, I did about 3 coats of the stain because I wanted it very dark…you could do whatever you think looks best. I just used a rag (actually cut up pieces from my husband’s old white t-shirts work perfect for staining) and poured some stain on the top and started rubbing it in (be sure to wear protective gloves) and kept doing that until it was the color I wanted…super easy!
Cut up pieces from my husband’s old white
t-shirts work perfect for staining!
Next, it was time to move on to the first coat of paint. I knew I wanted the piece blue, but I also wanted to distress it so I painted the first coat a cream color. I got this color off the clearance rack at my local hardware store where someone had returned an entire gallon because it wasn’t what they wanted. I got the whole gallon for around $4! :) It didn’t have to be the perfect color because I was painting over it with the blue but wanted a lighter color to come through as I distressed.
You can see here the dark stain. I made it extra dark and love how it turned out!
After getting the two coats of cream paint on I moved on to the blue for the final coat. I do not know the exact color of this blue but any color blue is perfect in my book ;)
I decided to leave the shelf bases the original color because this isn’t real wood it’s just wood composite. This material wouldn’t take the paint the same so I left it for some interesting contrast. I painted the wooden pieces that separate each section the cream color.
Almost done! It was now time to spray paint the hardware. I spray painted these with one of my favorites…Rust-Oleum hammered spray paint. I used the black hammered color. I love this look because it brings a cool texture to the hardware versus just flat or shiny black spray paint.
The very last thing we did was purchase white beadboard and had the guy at Home Depot cut it the same size as the original particle board backing. Then, my hubby used a hole saw to create a place to run the cords for the cable box and other electronics. We ripped the particle board off and replaced it with the white beadboard just using a hammer and some simple finishing nails. It gave it that coastal touch that I love so much!
The last step was just to accessorize! I found the perfect size baskets and then styled the rest of the shelves with things from around my house like photos and magazines. I like to keep it simple!
I’m so glad that so many of you entered my launch giveaway contest, and thank you so much for all the votes on blog post ideas. I will definitely be hitting some of the other ones soon too! I’d love to hear what you think, and Pinning is always appreciated :) Make sure you don’t miss any future updates by subscribing to the newsletter! Have a wonderful day friends!
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