Last fall, no not 2014, but the fall before—September 2013 I picked up some goodies from the Hardin County (Kentucky) ReStore. I don’t remember what I paid for that cabinet with the cute legs, but I know it was $10 or less. It may have even been one of the free items I got from them.
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. . . . 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It makes a great side table.
Repurposed tv stand as a 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!
You can see the latest changes in my post Cling Decor Stamp Ideas.
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