Mid Century Modern TV Cabinet
Here is how it looked then. It had some pretty deep scratches in the top.
Sometime later, I got all of the recent finds out and gave them all the same gray primer. When I know I’m going to paint something, I tend to want to cover up the wood tones so it can speak to me about it’s new purpose in life.
I’m not sure if it wasn’t speaking, or if I wasn’t listening, but here it sat in the basement shop for over a year.
Here's how I worked some magic on this repurposed tv stand into a cabinet or side table, perfect for a pet bed. . . .
Disassemble TV Stand
I drug it out of the basement when we had some nice weather last month. I got right to work on it. Sometimes I wonder why I make things more difficult than they need to be. I removed the screws from these side pieces, thinking they would pry right out. NOT! I banged, and pried, and hammered and worked….these pieces were glued in place and they didn’t want to go anywhere.
After a lot of sweat equity and huffing and puffing, I got both sides removed. I’ve done several of these cabinets (the ones you see above in the truck) and generally I have only put thin plywood in the bottom. But because I removed those pieces, there was some ugly pressed wood showing that needed to be dealt with.
Add Thin Plywood
You can see that I have inserted new sides cut from thin plywood, along with a new bottom to make the cabinet have a cleaner look. The sides needed to be notched out on the top near the back. I think it just gives it such a cleaner look, well worth the time and effort.
Make Your Own DIY Chalk Paint
The weather was a little too cold to break out the HomeRight Finish Max, so I just mixed up some DIY Chalky Paint to use as a primer.
I applied 2 quick coats with a chip brush.
So, I love it when this happens. I dug around in my stash and found the perfect piece to use on the back of this t.v. cabinet. Granted, I would have preferred the grooves go vertical, but I’ll settle for horizontal bead board. I cut the end off on the table saw. It was late, so I actually brought the bead board in the kitchen to do it’s primer coats.
Paint Many Pieces at One Time
The next day it was warmer, and I had another painting marathon, this time with the Polished Pearl. You can see I did the modified desk and hutch at the same time.
Not shown, I used my Ryobi Airstrike Stapler to attach the bead board on the back, then I used my Finish Max to give a quick coat of Minwax Polycrylic.
And here she is in all her glory a perfect specimen of a repurposed tv stand!
Repurposed TV Stand
It makes a great side table.
Repurposed TV Stand Dog Bed
It also makes a fun pet bed! Let’s take one more look of the before and the after—I would love for you to pin it!
How would you use this cabinet? It’s very versatile, don’t you think?
UPDATE! I changed up this old t.v. cabinet again!
What you’ll need:
- Piece of boring furniture
- Paint of your choice
- Prima IOD Clear Décor Stamp (Louis)
- Stamp Block
- Décor Ink (Rouen)
- Baroque Vintage Art Décor Mold #1
- Paper Clay
- Gorilla Wood Glue or drywall mud (what I used)
- Paper Towel
- Baby Wipes
- Emery Board
- Chip Brush
After testing the stamp and getting the technique down, I started stamping on top of the t.v. stand in a semi-random pattern.
Distress with orbital sander
I used an orbital sander to distress the ink slightly to make it match the look of the distressed cabinet.
I jumped right in making some paper clay molds the same day I got my package for another project I have in the works.
Distress small spaces with emery boards
Then, I did some distressing on the old t.v. cabinet with an Emery Board . The best deal is on Amazon by the box.
While distressing the cabinet I remembered that there were two small medallions that I removed and thought that two of the pieces would work perfectly in their place.
Paper mold applique
I used some of the IOD ink and a cheap chip brush to give a nice green highlight on the molds.
You can attach the mold appliques with Gorilla Wood Glue-which I have a LOT of, but I wanted to sort of fill around the edges of my appliques, so I used drywall mud.
For more ideas on paper clay mold appliques, visit my friend Debbie at Refresh Restyle. She did some fabulous projects using the IOD molds.
It gives the old piece a little pop of color, eh?
I think that using these extra large décor stamps on furniture and fabric projects is brilliant! You can even do these stamps on walls and more!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.