Do a chevron table top on a repurposed t.v. cabinet using shutter slats! Vintage TV cabinets are generally well constructed, and make great new furniture projects.
Repurposed T.V. Cabinet
Do you remember this repurposed t.v. stand (from the ReStore) that I showed you last week? If you remember-- I painted with my new Homeright Finish Max Pro?
I’ve got some details to share with you today.
The bottom of the cabinet was too deep and I decided to add a shelf. You can see that I have already added cleats to the side made out of scrap wood and secured with some Gorilla Wood Glue and my nail gun.
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I added a thin piece of plywood that I notched out to make the shelf. Not shown: I added a small board for support in the middle (back)
Paint Sprayer Booth
Then I put it in the paint booth for a quick paint makeover with my HomeRight Finish Max Pro . All this will make it ready for the chevron table top.
Designing a Chevron Table Top
Did you wonder why I covered the top of the t.v. cabinet with paper while I was painting it? This is why. I had been working on the top of this cabinet off and on for a couple of weeks trying to get the pattern right. After I finally got it right I traced all of the repurposed shutter slats on one side so I could easily replicate the pattern without a lot of thought.
I used the slats from two closet doors I’ve had in my storage shed for a year or so.
Louvered Door Slats
I cut the slats in 5” lengths, then lightly sanded them to remove the shine. If you don't have access to shutter slats, you could try this project with Paint Sticks
In this picture, you can get a better feel for how I traced them after I finally got the chevron table top pattern the way I wanted it. Seriously, I put them on and off so many times trying to get them to look right that I didn’t want to have to do that all over again.
I removed the paper and painter’s tape and followed the pattern I traced using Gorilla Wood Glue to secure all the slats in place. In order to get them snug, I let the first two set up before I continued the pattern.
Gluing Slats on a Chevron Table Top
I found this method worked easiest for me. I placed a row where they should go, checked them for placement, then flipped them all over, squirted some glue on each one, then carefully turned them over and laid them in place.
Because I'm so challenged when it comes to math, I'm sure you can do this much easier.
Mark & Trim off Excess Slats
I used a metal yardstick to help me mark the cuts for the pieces than hang over the sides of the wooden chevron table top.
I saved all the cut-offs and were able to use many of them to fill in the areas that were left.
NOTE: I cut my slats on a compound miter saw—using a full slat from the door shown above to do all the small cuts. NEVER place your fingers near the saw blade to hold short pieces of wood. The small pieces you see are the end cuts after I cut the slat.
Chevron Table Top Pattern
Voila! I love it!
Stain & Seal
These are my tools to stain the top after it was glued down. I used Minwax Wood Finish in Walnut, a cheap chip brush, a latex glove, and a small rag to wipe the stain off.
I used the cheap chip brush in able to get down into the cracks of the wooden chevron pattern, then wiped the stain off with the small rag, going with the grain of each slat.
NOTE: painter’s tape around the front and sides.
stained, and loving it even more! Don't you think the stain brings out the chevron table top pattern?
Add a Bead Board Backing
I added a cheap piece of bead board paneling for the back. So, here’s where I’d like to tell you that the piece was too small and I had to piece it together. Well, in fact that IS the truth. The piece was too small because someone cut it wrong <gail looks around to find the guilty party>
You know the old saying measure twice, cut once? I actually measured this THREE times. I seriously don’t know how I cut it wrong—I think I’ll blame it on my poor math skills. So, I simply cut another small piece to make up the difference.
I simply glued the two pieces together and used painter’s tape to hold it until the Gorilla wood glue set up, then I removed the painter’s tape and laid down a piece of white Gorilla Tape.
Repurposed T.V. Cabinet with Chevron Pattern
I love the walnut stain with the Naval (Behr) paint.
Let's see how versatile this repurposed t.v. stand with the chevron table top is!
Repurposed T.V. Stand Pet Bed
Well, looky who’s there! It’s my little Louie! This cabinet would make a great pet bed. Louie doesn’t have a pet pillow because he sleeps with me, but a king sized bed pillow fit perfectly in this cabinet.
Note: the pieced bead board is on the right, you can’t even tell it has been pieced. I painted the back of the board blue, and painted right over the white Gorilla tape.
Louie was such a good boy, he let me take all kinds of pictures. This repurposed t.v. cabinet is very versatile, how would you use it? Do you love the wooden chevron table top as much as I do?
ps I'm spending some time over at Sew Woodsy, helping Jon and Katie take some time off for their sweet baby Ryder. Check out my post Upcycle Furniture Roundup
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.