Flippin’ Furniture : Old Dresser Drawers turned Cottage Chic TV Stand


We all have random pieces of furniture laying around in storage, barns, guest rooms, and attics, that we just haven’t found a place for. When redecorating, figure out which pieces you need, and search through your used, leftover pieces before going out and spending money on something brand new. There could be a hidden jewel just waiting to be discovered!

In this particular case, I came across a beautiful dresser, which was an old piece from my mom’s childhood bedroom. The problem? I  already had a bedroom set and what I REALLY needed was a stand for my extraordinarily large, flat screen TV (a spontaneous splurge after earning my very first paycheck and since I’m a teacher, this TV was a floor model and I ended up scoring a GREAT deal!) Anyway, back to DIYing, I took the dresser, old, scratched up, worn-out, and BROWN (very brown), and started making plans to turn it into the piece I really need—-a TV STAND!

Before Pics: 

Steps to Refurbish this Piece: 

"Measure twice, cut once."

“Measure twice, cut once.”

Measure, Measure, MEASURE : I used to eyeball measurements, and still hang photos & little stuff without measuring, BUT I have learned my lesson with furniture & larger pieces. Measure the piece, measure the area you plan to put it,and measure AGAIN before you begin:)

Inspect for Damage :  I always take a close look at a piece before starting a refurbishing project. You never know what you might find, so have another pair of eyes go behind you just to make sure you didn’t miss any damage. I turned over the old dresser, ran my hands along the wood, opened and closed drawers, and checked the hardware. I soon realized it had quite a few surface scratches and dents, was missing a knob, and had drawers that stuck (well didn’t open at all, really)! BUT, I didn’t give up on my little brown dresser because I KNEW it was going to be a beautiful piece after a little TLC!
Inspect for Damage for Beginning

Inspect for Damage for Beginning

Make a List :  I made a list of all the repairs I needed to make to the foundation of the piece so it could be functional. I figure out what supplies I need, write them down, & get them together in one place. I really like big, bucket I can carry around by the handles. I won’t refurbish a piece unless it can serve a purpose or be used for something functional!
Prep the Piece:  I sanded the dresser with my awesome, and most favorite tool—my  Black & Decker Mouse  until the surface was smooth. The edges, corners, and lip of the dresser were a challenge and had to be sanded by hand but it takes the paint SO much better when you spend time on prep. I did this step over a period of days to save my hands from hurting too bad.
Prime before you Paint:
I used Kilz spray sealer & primer over the entire piece as a base coat. I LOVE  Kilz, it is my FAV, go-to product because it blocks stains, pet odors, and dries quickly! Read the reviews and you’ll be convinced…this is good primer for any interior piece you plan to use, especially ones you’re planning to place in high traffic areas that might be exposed to pets, water, wear and tear,  etc.

Kilz Spray Primer is what I always use in high traffic areas since we are really hard on our furniture. Kilz repels stains, odors, mildew. It’s a pretty awesome product and if you’re going to take the time to prime, you may as well apply a coat of primer that will serve as a protective foundation for years to come.

Pick your Paint : I like about choosing paint, especially when working with people who tend to be indecisive ;), is if you don’t like it, you can always change it! I found an unopened gallon of interior wall paint in a butter yellow (left over from a bathroom redo), it was free and pretty, so I used it. The first coat was light yellow—almost ivory—so I added a second coat and was happy with the brighter color that it turned after a night of drying.

Crystal Drawer Pulls found at a Flea Market

Crystal Drawer Pulls found at a Flea Market

Finish with Hardware :  I spent the $9.00 splurging on hardware. It makes a statement and can be easily replaced as your home decor style changes. The original brass was rusted and was too large and bulky for what I had in mind. I saved them and have a future project I plan to use them for. I found some pretty crystal knobs for the drawer pulls, and ended up putting the smaller knobs on the long top drawer and 2 larger knobs for the bottom. They go really well in my cozy, shabby, chic living room:)

Save Leftover Pieces, Supplies, and Materials : When I refurbish a piece I usually end up with left over material or parts.  With this project I removed 2 drawers and replaced them with handled baskets for media storage.  I saved the drawers, which I painted yellow along with the others. I plan to refurbish the drawers and make them into hanging storage shelves. To make the most of the design, I will probably hang the drawers on a wall in the same room as the TV stand. I replaced the original  hardware and stored the brass, oval drawer pulls in a sealed bag to prevent rusting. When saving and reusing paint, be sure to store the extra paint, primer, and sealer is stored somewhere safe. You don’t want to expose paint to extreme temps!!  Happy DIYing!! 🙂

After Photos:

The refurbished dresser paired with the robin’s egg blue walls in the room and filled the empty, awkward corner you sometimes get in older homes (built 1915), which was the ONLY place in the room to put the TV without blocking one of the marvelous vintage windows. After the project, the space was filled COLOR and shabby, chic STYLE! I added yellow accents around the room to highlight the pretty yellow of the piece.

The design of the room is pulled together with accents of yellow.

The yellow paint draws your eye to the unique lines of the dresser. I really like the shape of the top drawer and the opening on bases. This is the kind of detailing found on old furniture that makes all the time and hard flippin’ the piece, totally worth it!!

I like the glossy look of the finish, normally I choose flat, matte, paint, but the gloss adds a nice contrast to the vintage look of the piece and brings out the color. I lined the inside of the drawers with patterned contact paper. I took out the bottom 2 drawers to leave the space open for storage baskets and the patterned lining shows through nicely. I splurged and spent $9.00 on the crystal drawer knobs at a flea market. They didn’t have a full set, so I purchased 2 smaller knobs for the tiny accent drawer (top center) and decided on larger knobs for the 2 big drawers. The different sizes give the piece some dimension and contrast to the piece.

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