Thursday, May 30, 2013

Turning a Dresser into a TV Stand

We have a guest post from my friend Abby, who has a handmade crochet business called GouldThreads. You can check her out via my sidebar or her links below! She's sharing how she and her husband turned an old dresser into a TV stand.

Hi Monkey See Monkey Do fans, I'm Abby from GouldThreads.  I blog about my crochet (and some knit) creations but also enjoy other crafts and DIY projects.  Today I'm here to show you how to turn an old dresser into a new TV stand

My husband and I were given this old entertainment stand for free about 6 1/2 years ago when we were first married.

 I've never loved it but it was free and I just couldn't seem to find anything else that I liked enough to pay several hundred dollars for.  After having 2 children our living space seemed to be shrinking (or filling with kids toys) and the huge entertainment stand was becoming a space waster and an eye-sore. 

Still not finding anything worth buying in stores I was thrilled when I came across this post on Pinterest showing how an old dresser was converted into a side table.  I decided to use the same concept to make a new TV stand. 

In an instant I thought of an old dresser that has been sitting in our basement for the past 4 years.  The dresser was another freebie given to us by some family friends.  We have never actually used it as a dresser so I knew this was the perfect solution to my entertainment stand problem!

We chose to paint it white to keep it neutral and removed the top drawer to make space for things like a DVD player and game system.   We purchased 4 or 5 cans of "Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X Coverage" in white.  We also purchased some new knobs to replace the old brass ones. 

First we removed all the drawers and knobs.  Next we used the spray paint to cover the entire dresser and the bottom two drawers.  We decided to leave the top drawer out to leave space for our DVD player and other TV accessories. 

Once we put our drawers back in place we noticed an unsightly gap that was visible when the top drawer was removed.  Fortunately my father is a wood worker.  He was able to add a piece of wood to cover the gap (see before and after photos below).

Before: unsightly gap at the top of the drawer

After:  strip of wood has been added to the top of the drawer

After spraying the new strip of wood and adding the new knobs the dresser was almost completed. 

Finally we drilled three holes through the back of the dresser where the top drawer used to sit.  These holes allow easy access for our cords to be plugged into the wall behind the unit.  Because the wood was very thin here we needed to put scrap wood behind the area we would be drilling to keep the wood from splintering.  If we were do this project again I would have put the holes closer to the bottom of the open shelf to better hide the cords but overall I am really happy with our new TV stand!

It takes up a lot less space and has plenty of hidden storage space for movies and kids toys! 

I believe the overall cost for the paint and the new knobs was about $30!  If you don't have an extra dresser laying around your house like we did you could also search yard sales and estate sales for inexpensive dressers to repurpose for your own house! 

Thanks for checking out my tutorial.  Remember to swing by and find Gouldthreads on Facebook, Etsy, or check out the Gouldthreads blog

Thanks, Abby! I love how your TV stand turned out! I think all that storage space is amazing and I love how affordable the project turned out to be. 

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1 comment:

  1. The TV stand dresser turned out lovely and functional. I'd love if you'd come share at Inspire Us Thursday


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