You have to check out this T.V Dresser Makeover
I have been looking for a dresser to turn into a television stand for awhile. But I could never find something that was really what I wanted. A friend gave us a dresser (that I have yet to makeover ) but I wanted to use it as a regular dresser (since we didn’t even have one) instead of using as a television stand. All of the dressers that I could find were just WAY too expensive. I didn’t want to spend $70-$100 on a dresser that I would have to add work to. It just didn’t seem very financially smart.
When we first moved into this home we had a wood stove. It was not certified. So I took out the wood stove, the pipe and the the red brick behind.
(I will be doing a complete living room reveal soon)
After we took out the wood stove we used a wall mounting bracket and we placed our television on the wall behind. We had a little coffee table holding our DVD player, but that didn’t last long because my toddler kept pushing the button. But then my grandma gave us a TV stand. But it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. The kids kept on pulling open the doors and ruining the movies inside. They kept on breaking the stupid door on the front. Recently, we bought a beautiful brand new television and we couldn’t get it mounted (until last night).
So this is what our television area looked like. The broken door, the movies everywhere (all the time), the wall mounting bracket above the television with NO TV on it and the DVD player and cable box on that awkward white thing. So this was just NOT pretty. Not at all! (Ignore the other messes.)
I finally came across a beautiful dresser on a “For Sale” Facebook group. It was $40 and I was super excited. It was perfect. But then….I realized that she was an hour and a half away! Why she was in my cities “For Sale” group I will never know. All I knew was that we were going to have to take two cars all the way to this city more than an hour away. ONE for the kids and my husband and One for me and the dresser. I couldn’t go by myself because the person needed help lifting the dresser. Since having two children I am otherwise useless when trying to lift heavy things. BUT my husband refused to go by himself because he knows he has NO opinion on the dresser and I am very particular. SOOOO we opted out on the dresser and I was incredibly bummed. BUT I really didn’t want to have a three hour trip with two cars for a dresser. Just didn’t make any sense. When my hubs came home from work that evening I said that I wanted to go to Goodwill to see if there was anything for a television stand there. I wasn’t really expecting to find anything, but HEY why not?! So I left hubby with the children and I went to our Goodwill Outlet. It’s the stuff that Goodwill couldn’t sell. Some of it is REALLY gross but often time you can find some really awesome stuff. That is where I found the cart for the Red Cart Makeover! It was only $1!
So anyways, I walked in and my eyes were immediately drawn to a huge dresser! I ran over there, because there was NO way that somebody wasn’t going to snatch it up. And I looked at the price tag expecting it to be out of this world! It was only $10 and I was ecstatic. I found a Goodwill worker as quickly as I could and they helped me load it into my van. I had to remove one of our seats and move it out of the way so the huge dresser could be put in.
I got home and my husband was very impressed with the size and the price. We had to take out all of the drawers to be able to carry it in. That thing is HEAVY! You can tell that the dresser has seen better days. I understand why most people would be totally freaked out by this project. The time stamp on the price tag was about a month old! But how can you pass up $10? You know this thing was just beautiful in it’s prime!
So the first thing that I decided to do with this massive dresser was to sand and stain the top. The sad part was that a lot of those marking weren’t prior stains, they were actually scratches. So there was going to be a lot of stuff on the top that wasn’t going to be able to disappear completely which is kind of a bummer, but not a deal breaker.
It was really weird to sand and stain all inside around the kids. But the dresser was WAY too big to take outside in the cold and then bring back inside. It was much easier to work in my living room. I used a dark walnut stain (which is my favorite stain) and I happened to have the stain, so that was nice not to have to purchase.
I then took out all of the dressers and I then took off the two front doors. I used a calk to fill in the holes of where the door hardware was.
Once it dried I sanded and stained
I then took off all of the hardware from the drawers
And I spray painted them a glossy black
And then I sanded the drawers.
(Make sure to use a wet clothe to clean off all of the dirt and dust before painting or staining.)
I had some left over paint from a previous project so I used that. It is Walmart Chalk Paint called Cashew.
I had to wait over night for the paint to dry.
So the next morning I put back on the hardware and put it back into the drawers. I used the fan on top to make sure that the stain was completely dry. The fan is pointing away from the dresser because my toddler just had to have it blowing in his face for a game he was playing
I finished by cleaning out the shelves and all of the drawers. My brother and Dad came over to help my husband mount our massive television.
I would say that the end result is amazing and I am really happy with it! I ended up spending $10 on the dresser and $0 on the whole transformation!
I will be excited to share my entire living room reveal soon!
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