Repurposing a Console TV
I am so excited to have the opportunity to post at My Repurposed Life. So, thank you gail, for allowing me this opportunity!
I have repurposed a few things, including a dresser into a bench and an old TV console into a tv stand.
The repurposed console TV had been my grandmother’s. I’d seen a few things on Pinterest that you could do with an old TV console, and decided that with my dad’s help, I could make my family a new TV stand that was better for our space.
This is not a picture of my grandmother’s console TV, however it is a picture of a console TV that looks very similar to my grandmother’s.
I unscrewed the back, tube, and speakers. I pulled everything out and recycled those parts with the garbage man. I also removed the speaker covers.
There were some things that I wanted this TV stand to have. I have two small children so I had to have doors. With all of the devices that we have, it needed to have shelves. And I also wanted a place to hide cords.
The cord hiding place actually ended up being fairly easy to make, because there was a lip around the bottom of the interior of the console anyways. My dad just put a piece of thin plywood on top, cut a hole near the back for the cords to come out of, and air-gunned nails to the original lip. Now all that cord mess, even though I do try to keep it fairly organized, is hidden under this is piece of plywood.
For the shelves, he just put a couple of guides on the sides of the console (after he had lined the sides with plywood), cut boards to fit inside, and air-gunned nails into that.
The doors were a bit trickier. Partially because I wasn’t really sure what I wanted, and he and I have very different visions of things. He’s more old school and I’m way more modern. But I think we came up with the good compromise.
He took two pieces of plywood, and outlined them with a small, plain trim. That was air-gunned on. We used some decorative trim and put that on the inside of the original plywood to give it more of a finished look.
It was important to me that I could baby proof this stand, so we chose to knobs near the interior of both doors so that I could latch them. I have recently found out that knobs are 50% off all the time at Hobby Lobby. I wish I would’ve known that then, I could save some money!
The TV stand that we had been replacing had this swivel top. It was a board with rollers, which were located in cutouts on the bottom of the board. I really like the idea of being able to turn the television.
We just removed the swivel top, and screwed it into the top of the console TV, the same way it had been screwed into the old TV stand.
I was a bit worried that it would look funny because that swivel top was smaller than the top of the console, but I think it gives a nice look. Since they are both painted the same color it doesn’t really stand out to me like I thought it might.
I think it looks pretty cool! By the way the paint color is Yellow Star BHG615.
When I think about changing something, I always just think, “I’ll Just Paint It”. That never is the only part of the process, but my mind likes thinking that way in order to start and finish things. I try desperately to organize my life in order to fit this blog into it! I organize my time with less sleep, my food with freezer meals, and spend as much time as possible playing with my two girls. Truly, it’s a miracle that I’m able to get anything done because I also work full time. But, where there’s a will, there’s a way! I live in Indiana with my husband and two daughters. Lily is one and Bailey is two.
Thank you Rachel for sharing your repurposed console t.v. with us today. I love the doors, great job!
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