This week an old Dresser got turned into a TV console!
Well along with all of the holiday get-togethers, decorating, and blog posts for the season we have been quite busy with custom orders! Wow, we were pleasantly surprised to have gotten a lot of orders right before the holidays, but it just goes to show how hard work will pay off.
We tackled a new project for a wonderful new client right before the Thanksgiving Holiday. She bought an old dresser (that had a matching end table as well) from a local Goodwill. Her idea was to make it into a TV console for her living room!
(Here is the before at the Goodwill store, it was just asking to be picked up!)
We had seen projects just like this before on Pinterest and blogs and knew we would be able to make her inspiration come to life. Our client also had a pretty clear vision of what she wanted. She showed us a picture of a quilt she has in her living room which she wanted to use for the color scheme. We decided on doing the body of the old dresser and end table in a beautiful navy blue with a weathered looking top and antiqued pewter handles.
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Our only dilemma came along when we picked up the piece and realized it wasn’t entirely real wood. Therefore the tops were not going to be able to be sanded down and re-stained…Darn… However (silver lining here) we played around with layering paints to get a weathered look and found the perfect mixture of paint and wax for a beautiful weathered looking top!
First and foremost we had to do our prep work. Fortunately there was only a couple places to fill(we use this wood filler.) but the biggest part was removing the two middle drawers in order to make shelves. After taking the drawers out, we had to remove the drawer slides. After that, we had to meticulously measure and then cut plywood for the bottom, back, and sides to make a perfect shelf. We just used strong wood glue to glue all of the pieces together. Luckily for us there were little cleats(or skinny mounting boards) in the back that we were able to glue the back board to.
Because this piece is going to be used for a TV console, the client wanted small holes drilled in the back for cords from cable or dvd players to fit through. So we took a circle saw that fits on the end of a drill and put about 1 inch holes in the back of each shelf.
Once the shelves were firmly in place, we primed them so the wood grain wouldn’t show through when painted. (We wanted a smooth look all around.)
Vicki did an absolutely wonderful job on these shelves! We were so ecstatic with the final look and how well they worked out! Our next step was to get the paint on! Two coats of the navy color went on all the drawers and the base of both TV console and end table.
Then a full base coat of Annie Sloan’s ‘Coco’ went on the tops.
Next, to get that weathered look for the top we dry-brushed ‘Old Ochre’ and then ‘Paris Grey’. (For more information on dry-brushing see our post here.)
Once the dry brushing was complete, we used clear wax and then Annie Sloan’s new ‘black wax’ over everything. This made the color turn a bit more on the grayish side so it would tie in with the hardware we were going to paint.
Just look at that beautiful texture and all those colors! The black wax did a great job of getting in all the nooks and crannies and accentuating the piece even more.
The hardware was original to both pieces, but we didn’t like the brass color of it. It wouldn’t go with the look we were trying to achieve. So we grabbed an Antique Pewter Kit and followed the directions to give the hardware a much needed update!
We love the contrast the newly ‘antiqued’ pewter handles give the piece!
This old dresser and end table are now definitely statement pieces for the home, and will be really fun to have in the living room! Plus look at all that storage our client has! I would love to have all those drawers, plus shelves I can decorate and easily put the dvd player or cable box in.
And Voila! The hard work paid off, the two pieces look stunning! And we got to try something new. It wasn’t the most fun to paint the inside of those shelves since it was hard to see, but a short brush and a small roller is all it took to get in there.
We were so happy with how these turned out! They are so neat now after being so outdated before.