Wednesday, July 2, 2014

TV cabinet re-do

It's funny how technology changes the styles of furniture we have in our houses.  A few years ago, everyone had these big bulky tv cabinets to hold our obnoxiously large box tv's. Now, we can just hang our tv's up on the wall. So when my dad gave me this old Ethan Allen tv armoire, I immediately knew I could turn it into a craft closet for all my supplies!  Let me tell ya, this thing is SOLID! It weighs a ton, which also means it is a good piece of furniture!
Here are the supplies I used:

  1. 1-2 cans Krylon spray paint Primer. 6.49 at Michaels
  2. Elmer's Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive. 4.99 at Michaels
  3. Americana Decor Chalk Paint in Everlasting. 8.99 at Michaels
  4. Americana Decor Creme Wax in Clear. 11.99 at Michaels
  5. 3 packages Everbilt 2 in. x 1-3/8 in oil-rubbed bronze decorative hinges. 3.27/pkg of 2 at Home Depot. After 2 trips to Home Depot getting the wrong kind of hinges, I landed on these. I love how they look on the outside of the furniture.
  6. Pewter Owl Knob. 5.99 at Hobby Lobby. 
  7. Approximately 1 yard of fabric of your choice. I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
  8. Plywood, cut to size for your shelves and 1x2's if needed to place the shelves on.

  • First, I completely gutted the inside, taking out all of the hardware and the nifty swivel stand the TV went on.
  • Remove the back and cover with fabric. Cut your fabric to match the size of the backing and spray the backing with spray adhesive. Staple the edges to make sure it stays secure.  Set aside.
  • Spray the entire piece with primer.  This is not necessary with chalk paint, but it does save a lot of time.
  • Apply 2 coats of chalk paint, inside and out and let dry.
  • SAND SAND SAND until your arm hurts! I like the wood underneath showing through, so I sanded the heck out this baby! I wanted it to look like an old, worn out piece of furniture, not like I looked lazy and only did 1 coat of paint, know what I mean?
  • Apply the wax with a brush, coating the entire piece. Take a cloth and buff it out.
  • Attach the back with fabric by screwing into the back with the existing screws.
  • Finally attach 1x2's to the sides with screws. Mine came with them, but I moved them around to fit my containers. Place the plywood on the 1x2's.

And here's the final product:

I'm in love with how it turned out! I've been waiting for just the right spot to put this old window pane and I think it goes perfect on top of this piece! 

1 comment:

  1. I love what you have done with this dated looking unit. Me and my partner enjoy taking old pieces of furniture and giving them the shabby chic look. We have loads of tins of chalk paint kicking around just in case! You have done a terrific job here. I particularly like the funky door knobs you have used. Owls? What a hoot!

    Jeanmarie @ RVM Australia