When I posted the Children’s Bench with Storage, I had no idea that both projects could easily be a DIY TV Stand. It just goes to show that color makes all the difference—it can make or break a good project. As soon as I finished this DIY TV Stand and put it in The Sugar Shack it hit me. How perfect either of these two projects would be to hold a big screen t.v. Your components could go on the shelf with remotes, movies etc stored in the handy drawers below!
How To: DIY TV Stand
So, here’s the original table, and the TWO pieces of furniture I made by cutting it in half. Either could be used as a t.v. stand. Which do you like better? After making the white kid’s bench with storage, I learned a few things and built the new diy tv stand differently.
Cut Coffee Table in Half
This is the second half of the coffee table. Just like the first project, supports needed to be added for strength.
Add Supports for Strength
For this latest project, I used scrap wood that I removed from my kitchen backsplash.
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The repurposed coffee table diy tv stand needs the horizontal support as well as the five vertical supports. The vertical pieces are scrap 2×4’s.
Reuse Original Feet
Because I used 2×4 pieces for the feet on the first project, I was able to use the two leftover feet for the back portion of the diy tv stand. I began by squirting Gorilla Wood Glue on the feet.
I had to add washers to the screws to keep them in the original holes. The original hardware was a bolt—I needed wood screws to reattach the feet.
Enclose the Back of DIY TV Stand
I spread the wood glue on the boards where the thin plywood back would rest.
For added strength, I used my nail gun to “tack” the thin plywood back in place.
Paint with Paint Sprayer
As always, I started painting using my Super Finish Max and a couple of coats of my favorite chalky paint primer. It’s so amazing how the black piece looks so totally different. More modern and chic, don’t you think?
The drawers were painted just like the white ones on the kid’s storage bench. I used that scrap plywood to the right to protect in inside of the drawers as I was painting them.
Move Black Furniture Out of Sun
This is very important—when it’s warm and sunny, move your black painted furniture to the shade so the paint can set up. The black paint attracts the sun and isn’t the best for paint while it’s drying. NEVER do a second coat on black furniture that has been heated up by the sun. The weather was particularly warm for this time of year, nearly 80°.
This former coffee table does not look heavy because of it’s cheap design. However, it was nearly impossible for me to move it—even without the drawers. So, I used my small furniture dollies. What lifesaver!
Spray Surface Vertically
An important tip for you to remember. To get a good finish on the top of the diy tv stand, I laid it down. The paint sort of “falls” on the top of the stand while it’s upright. Laying it down on the dollies, I was able to get a really smooth finish. In addition, I was able to see places I had missed while the furniture was upright.
Add Semi-Gloss Topcoat
Finally, I did a topcoat using semi-gloss paint and my Super Finish Max paint sprayer. After this paint cures well, it will be quite durable.
After the first coat of topcoat, I moved the furniture to the shade again.
DIY TV Stand
This is when I knew it should be a tv stand! It’s sooo pretty. It does set a little low, but for a large tv, I think it’s perfect! I spray painted the handles, put them back on, then did the two topcoats of semi-gloss. They blend in so well.
The coffee table was about 48” x 36”, so by cutting it in half, this diy tv stand is about 48” x 18”.
To see how I actually CUT the coffee table in half visit the post Kid’s Bench With Storage. Which is your favorite? Would you use it as a bench with storage or a DIY TV Stand?