Bold and Blue: A Dresser to TV Stand Transformation

Bold And Blue Dresser to TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

When Carrie from Lovely Etc. first contacted me about taking part in her “Be Bold” challenge, I got nervous. I’m not so much a bold person. I’m a safe person. I like my comfort zone. I like things I can control. I also know that it’s good to push myself, though, so I agreed to do it. Here was Carrie’s challenge:

I think a bit more daring and risk-taking is good for everyone and that is why the Be Bold Challenge began.  The challenge is to do a DIY project that is a bit of a risk– perhaps using a new power tool, trying a color you usually avoid, doing something you’ve never seen anyone else do, or just trying something you’re not entirely sure will work.

When I read her description, I knew just the project I would do for this challenge. I mentioned in my “State of Our Living Room” address on Friday that we are in desperate need of a new TV stand. Our old one is not only worn, it’s too short for the space, and the Cs are constantly climbing on top of it, which is not at all safe.

Dresser Turned TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Incidentally, I had found an old dresser on Craigslist that just so happened to be the perfect size for that space. It had a ton of character and charm and was only $40 {!}, so one day when my dad was visiting, I convinced him to drive me the 45 minutes to pick it up, and I was the proud owner of a beautiful {albeit worn and a little bit smelly} old dresser.

Dresser Turned TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

There was just one problem: I forgot that I’m kind of a novice when it comes to furniture transformations. Oh, I’ve painted things before {like my chalk painted trunk and some racing stripes on the Cs’ dresser}, but never have I ever worked on a piece that needed this much help. The finish was very, very worn, there were cracks and chips in the veneer, and it was covered in dust and grime. {And did I mention the smell?}

Dresser Turned TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Too nervous to do anything to it, I let it sit. And sit, and sit, and sit. Even though it was taking up a large part of my craft room, I couldn’t bring myself to start on it, fearing that I would mess it up beyond repair– that is, until I got Carrie’s email about the challenge. It was time to be bold and get started on this baby.

Before I did anything to it, I called my friend Christy of Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer, who is a master at furniture transformations. {Check out her stuff! It is awesome!} I kept her on the phone, asking her question after question until I felt like I knew what I was doing… at least somewhat. :-D She recommended that I thoroughly clean the entire thing, fill the chipped areas with wood filler, do a layer of shellac to prepare the surface and help with the smell, then paint and add my protective coating. So that’s what I did.

I was thrilled to be able to try out a chalk-based paint that I had never used before– Country Chic Paint in Midnight Sky.

Dresser Turned TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Isn’t it pretty? And the paint color was absolutely gorgeous too. Even after only one coat, my dresser was already looking pretty good.

Dresser Turned TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Now, I know that distressing is the “cool” thing to do when it comes to furniture makeovers these days, and I had planned to distress this piece a bit after I had applied the second coat of paint. The paint brushed on so smoothly and beautifully, though, that I just loved the finish the way it was, and I couldn’t bring myself to touch it. Call me uncool, but I am just smitten with it. ;)

Bold And Blue Dresser to TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Because this piece will be in a high traffic area of our home where the Cs spend a lot of time, durability was hugely important to me, so I ended up using three coats of poly acrylic to finish it off, giving it a light sand between each coat.

Before I could declare my new TV stand finished, there were two more small details I had to take care of. First, we were keeping the top drawers out permanently to make room for our DVD player and Roku. That surface had cut outs (1), so I had to even it all out so that the electronics would sit flat. And when I say “I”, I of course mean that handy hubby cut some thin boards for me to fit into the slots (2) and I painted them. :-D

Dresser Turned TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Once the paint was dry, we used Liquid Nails to glue them into place and set some weights on them while they dried for several hours (3).

The second little detail I had to work out was the hardware. It was old and grungy looking, and we couldn’t have that!

Dresser Turned TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

I used a vinegar and baking soda mixture to clean off the grime, hit them with a few coats of gold spray paint, and they were as good as new!

Actually, the whole piece was as good as new…

Bold And Blue Dresser to TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Bold And Blue Dresser to TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Bold And Blue Dresser to TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

Bold And Blue Dresser to TV Stand by Just a Girl and Her Blog

This piece definitely taught me that facing my fears of dilapidated furniture was definitely worth it. I am SO in love with the result! This also marks the first piece of furniture in my house that is completely painted a color other than black or white– I’m just getting totally crazy for this challenge! ;)

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And guess what? YOU have a chance to BE BOLD too! Next Monday, February 24th, I will be hosting a link party along with my favoritest BOLD bloggers so that everyone can show off the bold projects they have been working on! I can’t wait to see what everyone has been up to, so be sure to come back next Monday and link up! Also, my fellow “Be Bold” co-hosts will be showing off their bold projects throughout this entire week– visit them and see what boldness they’ve had up their sleeves!

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*A huge thanks to Country Chic Paint for providing the paint for this project! My favorable opinion of gorgeous blue chalky paint is completely my own. :-D For more information, see my disclosures here.*

Comments

  1. says

    Abby! That brilliant blue dresser/entertainment center looks fantastic! I love the color and the knobs and the detail on the bottom drawer. Perfect!

    I’m got an army green hope chest with chipping veneer that needs lots of help. You have inspired me to get-it-done!

    Much bloggy love!
    Ashley

  2. says

    This looks gorgeous! I love the color and I love how you transformed the top two drawers into cubbies for electronics. I know what you mean about being scared of this piece. I have painted tons of furniture, but the cracked, unstable pieces still scare me sometimes. Great job!
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    • says

      Thank you so much, Carrie! It makes me feel better to know that even experiences furniture rehab-ers get nervous with pieces like this. THANK YOU for challenging all of us to go BOLD!!!

      ~Abby =)

  3. says

    Awwww, thanks for the shout out! You are so sweet! I know you have to be thrilled with how it turned out! It looks amazing!!!! Honestly, I don’t think I would have the heart to distress it either. I think it’s perfection just the way it is! Pinning and sharing!! XO

    • says

      Thank you so much, Amy! I probably had 3 panic attacks about the color before I actually started painting, but I am loving how it turned out, lol! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Thank you, Selene! I think I was holding my breath the whole time I was working on it because I was afraid I’d mess up the whole thing, lol! It’s nice to have it all finished now. Hope you’re having a wonderful week, friend!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      I say go for it, Sarah! We would totally still be in the “short-tv-stand-with-too-low-tv” club too if my son hadn’t knocked over the old TV and broke it, so I guess maybe I should thank him for making me do something about it? ;) Hope you’re having a wonderful week, my friend!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Shannah! I had about four panic attacks about the color before I actually started painting, but now I’m loving it, lol! Thanks for stopping by, friend! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Chaney! Once I got over my anxiety about it, it was actually a fun piece to redo, lol! Heading over to check out your BOLD project now! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Thank you, my friend! It was a fun one to do, though a little intimidating! I think I’m still dreaming of the mint dresser/nightstand you did a few months ago– loved that! Hope you’re having a fantastic week!

      ~Abby =)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Allison! You are the queen of beautiful furniture makeovers, so that really means a lot coming from you! :-D Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Debbie Fletcher says

    I think if there ever is a way to get me flowing with creativity, it is to be challenged. You certainly answered the call. You did a beautiful job and have proven so much to yourself I am sure!! Life needs to challenge all of us a little more, it seems to get you out of your rut that I know I get into often. Great job!!

    • says

      Oh good! I was afraid everyone would be mad that I didn’t do the cool thing and distress it, lol! Thanks so much, Cher!! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  1. […] If you have or buy wooden furniture in need of a makeover, consider giving it a good cleaning, sanding down rough edges and filling any holes with wood putty. Choose a new stain for a distressed look, or pick something bold with a matte finish for a statement piece. A coat of clear shellac will provide the perfect base coat for any color you choose. See more step-by-step instructions on justagirlandherblog.com. […]

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