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DIY Dresser turned TV Console with Tutorial

My husband celebrated his 29th birthday back in July, and I decided I wanted to buy him a new TV.  Since we had moved in April, our old TV (32 inches) was a little small for our new living room.  After much research I decided on a bigger, 51 inch TV, and was psyched to get it and throw it up on the wall.  Our new house already came pre-wired for the flat screen to mounted above the fireplace, and I planned on taking full advantage of it.  Well, after a huge ordeal with the TV and mounting process (long story short, ended up going through 3 tvs and a huge PITA to finally getting a TV that worked), we finally had it up on the wall.  Five minutes later, I decided I did not like it up there. It was much too high, and there wasn’t enough space to actually mount it high enough, so the TV just looked like it was sitting on the mantle, which was not okay with me.  I will show you what I mean, but I am embarrassed to even post this picture.

And yes, that is my toddler watching Adele live at the Grammy’s, because he will only watch TV if there are music videos playing….

So yeah, as you can see, it’s really low, but it wasn’t possible to put it any higher because of the pre-wiring already on the wall…ugh.  But this gave me another good excuse to take it down.  My husband actually liked it up there, but once I explained to him how we couldn’t keep it up there, and how I would make an awesome console table, he agreed to take it down!

Since I have been on a DIY kick lately (see refinished dresser and farmhouse hutch!), I started searching craigslist and thrift stores, looking for the perfect dresser or table to turn into a console table.  After a couple weeks of not finding anything, I was getting really annoyed because 1.) I really wanted to take the tv down, and 2.) I wanted our living room to keep progressing in the right direction.  Then, on a whim I decided to stop into this thrift store we were passing one Saturday, and found the PERFECT dresser.  Sure, it was missing some hardware, and one of the drawers was completely broken and jammed inside, but I had a vision.  We picked it up the next day and I got to work!

Let me tell you, this bad boy was full with disgusting crap inside….and when I say crap, I mean literally crap.  Mouse crap.  It was everywhere.  And dust, baby powder (?!?!), safety pins, stray keys, bobby pins, and more dust were literally everywhere.  I wish I would have taken a picture to share, but I was too busy strapping a mask to my face and vacuuming it out.  Just getting the inside clean took me over an hour and a half….and it seemed like more dust would appear right when I thought I was done cleaning.  Anyway, after I cleaned it, I used my new power sander (!!) and stripped off the top layer so it wasn’t shiny anymore.  I also took out the top row of drawers, because I wouldn’t be needing those.  I decided to use that as the area for the cable box/dvd player/etc.

Next, I primed the entire dresser and filled the holes with wood filler.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to use the same hardware or not, so I didn’t want to risk having to fill the holes later.   I let that dry, and then sanded it smooth and even.

Onto painting.  If you know me, then you know that I am the most indecisive person when it comes to DIY projects.  I always have something in mind, but I get so anxious I am going to pick the wrong color or hardware or whatever it is.  For this console table, I REALLY wanted to paint it yellow.  But yellow?  Really?  I was sure, but unsure.  After much discussion, a few of my friends and husband reassured me that yellow could be great.  I looked up some examples of different yellow furniture on Pinterest, and found some inspiration.  I decided on a color called Jackson Square from Valspar, which is more of a dark yellow then a bright sunshine yellow.  I picked up a quart of the paint (and had my handy $10 off coupon from Lowes!), and headed home to get going.

I was a little unsure of the color at first, but it started growing on me, and darkened with additional coats.  I also had a plan to glaze the furniture to bring out the accent lines and make it not so plain. So after 2-3 coats of paint I was on to the glazing part.  I have never glazed anything before, but read several tutorials and guides to glazing furniture.  There is a great tutorial from Brooke, at All Things Thrifty, and took her advice and things seemed to go well.

After I was done with the glazing, I wanted to put some solid wood on the shelf that would be the top shelf for the cable boxes etc.  I measured the inside, and purchased a flat board from Home Depot, and had them cut it into 3 parts, so I could put it in easily.  This was a very simple step, and it definitely makes the TV Console look more polished.  I painted the boards, and also the inside of the top shelf that would be exposed.  For some reason in the pictures it’s not really obvious that it is painted (shadows, I think), but it is.  I think it would be very noticeable and irritating if it weren’t painted.

Next I waxed the entire piece in Minwax soft wax paste.  I just love this stuff. It is so easy to apply, it takes 20 minutes to dry, and then you buff it off (easily) and it has a really nice sheen, and is protected.

After I did this, I decided to keep the original hardware, but I gave it a spray of iron rubbed bronze spray paint…man, I love this stuff!  Talk about an instant upgrade!

I attached all the hardware, put the drawers back in, and we brought it inside!! I was so excited!!

I know this post is picture heavy, but who doesn’t love a good before and after?!

Cost Breakdown

Dresser: $50 (marked down from $79 because of my sweet negotiation skills)

Paint: $12

Primer (because I didn’t have any left): $14

Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint: $8

Wood for top shelf: $1.50 (sweet deal from discarded wood pile at HD)

Glaze: $12

Total: $96, minus 2 $10 off lowes coupons= $76

Like I said before, I wasn’t really sure of the yellow color once I started painting, but I really like how it turned out with the black glaze.  The color is really hard to capture in the picture, and probably the first couple pictures are the truest to the yellow it looks like in person.

I need something to fill the cubby in the middle….what would you put there?  I recently threw out a huge stack of magazines, so I can’t increase the stack that is in there now.  Books? A picture? A basket?  What would you do? (Update: I made a basket!)

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-Allyson

Comments

  1. It looks great! Love the yellow and I bet it will go so good with your color scheme. Please post pics of the whole room once you get it all done. I think I would try a basket there first.

  2. It looks amazing!

  3. You need to come redo my house!

  4. A basket for remotes! Or my picture, whatever

  5. Wow, what a make over! I love repurpose/refurbished furniture projects. You really made it work. In the small space between I wouldn’t put a picture, it seems a little low and may just look cluttered. I would put books there.

    • I think you are right! My husband is pushing for a picture, but the height, and the fact we have a toddler might make that no go, lol. I am going to raid our book collection!

  6. Amazing!!! You are totally a domestic superhero. Taking your living room to infinity and beyond!!! Okay, that was totally cheesy, but seriously, what an amazing transformation on that banged up old dresser. Love it! :)
    I think a small basket (maybe in another accent color or black?) would be nice, and you could toss remotes and other random stuff lying around in there before guests pop in for a visit! ;)

  7. Love love love this! Great work! I’m heading thrifting with my friend on the weekend to see about a ‘project’ for her new house – maybe I’ll show her this and convince her yellow is the way to go! Erin xoxo

    • I was soooo scared to use the yellow, but I really wanted to do it! I am glad I got up the nerve to do it, because I love it-especially with the glaze. Thanks for the sweet comments! I can’t wait to see your friend’s project!

  8. wow! dare-y with the black glaze but it turned out wonderful and unique!! You’re an inspiration!

  9. Awesome!!

  10. A basket would be great. You could put all of your remote controls in there!

  11. WOW! This is beautiful! Wow an amazing job you did with this one! :-) I really like your DIY projects!

  12. roamingtheworld says:

    I’m incredulous at your vision. I don’t think I would have had any vision with that dresser! wow. Looks fabulous and who knew yellow could look so great.

    How do you add the cool words too the photos, ie: Glazing, Before, After etc…

  13. It’s gorgeous! I love it yellow with the black glaze, it kind of gives it an older feel. Also painting the hardware made quite a difference. Love how it turned out-beautiful! I’d definately go with a small basket for the center. Maybe a 3″ high by 12 or 14″ long (rectangle shape) in black or maybe a color from one of your beautiful pillows to put it together. Great job and thanks for sharing. ;D

  14. jackie davila says:

    wow looks really really nice you did a good job on that Allison

  15. Gorgeous! I need to hire you to come make pretty furniture in my apartment!:-) As far as that space in the middle goes, could be a nice area for displaying a selection of your favorite books!

    • Thanks, Jess! I think I am going to see how the books and basket look, and then decide. I am leaning towards the books too, but I think with my 22 month old they may just all end up on the floor, all the time, lol.

  16. Megan David says:

    Lauren told me about your blog so I thought to check it out. It’s amazing. So creative. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. salvageforthesoul says:

    Wow! Great work!

  18. love it! and great call on keeping the original hardware. i usually think the hardware on an older piece really dates it, but sometimes that is not the case! great job knowing a good thing when you see it!

    • I agree, I usually opt to go with new hardware to instantly revamp, but I liked the style on here and couldnt find any at the store that I liked….so voila! Thanks!!

  19. Nice! The yellow was a bold choice but super fun! I love it! I want to do something extremely similar very soon! I hate my current tv stand situation as well!

  20. charlestoncrafted says:

    WOW stellar before and after! I LOVE the yellow, the bold choice paid off! Much more personality than the mount above the fireplace. Go you!

  21. Love it!! Great job.

  22. Love what you have done here! It looks amazing!

  23. Looks awesome!!! I would do a basket, you can never go wrong with a basket!

  24. I absolutely love this! You’re work is truly inspiring. I looked around our place to see if I needed to replace some piece of furniture just to try this! Haha. I do have to ask you: how did you measure the pieces of wood inside the top shelf? They look seamless like its all one piece. I’m thinking you make the middle piece slightly bigger to take up the space but I’m not sure. Thanks!

    • Thank you!!! As for the top shelf, I measured it in sections. I measured the total length inside, and then had 3 pieces cut from that total length. On the very back of the dresser there are 2 support bars that stick out a little, so i have the middle piece accommodate that, and then the outside 2 were a tiny big wider (because they weren’t going to be pressing up against the bars). They fit together tight though! Does that make sense?

  25. Just an amazing transformation. I LOVE the yellow ! I’m inspired to look for something similar for our entertainment center! came over from tilly’s nest down home blog hop!
    I’d love for your to share this project ( and any future ones) on my weekly Farmgirl Friday blog hop! Hope to see you there!

  26. Thanks so much for coming to my linky party!!!!! Debbie. http://www.vintageonadime.blogspot.com.

  27. What a fantastic job! You are one talented lady. Thank you so much for linking up to our blog hop today. I hope that you will join us each week. I have a lot to learn from you!

  28. Wow, that turned out great! I love the yellow color. Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  29. So I found your post on pinterest and had to check it out. I love the finish project!!!!! I am obsessing over yellow these days too. I have a 15 month old and our current console table is just the right height to climb. Needless to say we need a new solution. So I want to take our bedroom dresser and give it a make over and use it as our new console table. Hoping that will keep him off it… for now. So question what type of primer did you use? Did you spray paint or paint? Any suggestions?

    • Hi Chelsey, thanks for stopping by my blog! I talked about the type of paint and techniques in the post (valspar paint, etc)…I wouldn’t recommend spray painting a piece like this, but there are a lot of blogs out there that have done it. Good luck!

  30. What gorgeous shade of yellow. That is one of my favorite colors and I see it is yours too. Thanks for sharing at my party. Please add my link that you are joining in over at my place. Thanks.

  31. Love the color and the glazing!!! and try a basket!
    dropping by from debbiedoos

  32. Please join me for Welcome Home Wednesday!!!! Debbie http://vintageonadime.blogspot.com/2012/10/welcome-home-wednesday-3.html

  33. no way! so adorable!! I wish I had more space in my house because when I go thrifting I want to buy every ugly piece of furniture I see!

  34. I love this project and the color!!!
    I looked through your different posts on furniture painting and I have a few questions-What finish do you use-Satin? and do you use a roller or brush? and I see that you used valspar for this project, when I went to pick up some paint for my first redo on my daughter’s sleigh bed, I was overwhelmed by the many many options of different valspar paints….so I just left-ha! Do you have a favorite? Thanks :)

    • Hey Jen, thanks for stopping by my blog and your sweet comments! As for your questions…I do usually use Satin paint. For this Valspar in particular, I used the Satin that wasn’t all the way at the bottom, but second from the bottom (they can show you woods with the paint finishes, and it was the one right above Satin). Personally, I like a more matte finish on the furniture, and then I like sealing with wax for a little shine. If you want a sleek glossy look, then go for a glass finish or a poly top coat.

      I usually use a paint brush, that is angled. I love my Purdy brush (from home depot). You could use a roller on the larger sections, but you will definitely need a brush for the smaller crevices. I like the coverage the brush offers better then the roller, but since you will likely need multiple coats it doesn’t matter that much.

      My favorite paint is Behr, but Valspar is okay, too. It really just depends on the color you are looking for. They do have a lot of different lines, so it can be overwhelming! I don’t like the paint that has primer added into it, I like to prime separately (the coverage is better). I like Zinsser for priming, but Kiltz is good too.

      I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions!

  35. very creative!!! love it!!

    tv consoles

  36. I absolutely love this! We are in need of a new place for our tv, just talked my husband into letting me do this, and as he says do i really have a choice? But i was wondering was your dresser pressed or solid wood? Found the perfect one but its pressed. Was just worried about it holding up.

    • Thank you, Jasmine!! To answer your question, this is real wood, but I think you could use pressed wood as well. If you are able to sand it, then prime it, I would go that route…however if you can’t sand it, I would find a really good primer to stick to it. If you have more questions or would like to send me a picture I can give you more advice. Email me at DomesticSuperheroAZ@gmail.com

      Best,
      Allyson

  37. WOW! I love that paint color. You did a wonderful job, and the dresser looks great as your new entertainment center. I spent the weekend refinishing a buffet and a few other pieces, and I’m using the buffet as my entertainment center. I love real wood and antiques! Anyhoo, I found you via the Pin Me link party, and I’m pinning this!

    T’onna @ Navy Wifey Peters Aboard the USS Crafty

    • Thanks girl! I just checked out your blog and love your wreaths! Let me know when you post the buffet, I can’t wait to see it!

  38. Clever! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party! I’ve pinned this! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Not sure who you ended up having adjust your blog but the minor changes make a WORLD of difference!

  39. What a clever idea! I’m going to start looking for a dresser to convert!

    Linda @ The French Hen’s Nest

  40. What type of spray paint do did you use for the hardware? I know you said oil-rubbed bronze, but what brand did you use?

  41. Love it! I’m confused about the “shelf” you created with the wood. I don’t get what you mean by 3 pieces (it looks like 1 continuos piece), and also how did you get it to stay there, and be steady? Screws, glue?

    • Hi Jacinda, thanks for stopping by my blog, hopefully I can answer your questions…

      The wood looks like one continuous piece, because it was, but I cut it in 3 sections. Without doing that, I wouldn’t have been able to fit it into the top (because of the support beams in the front). Once I put all 3 pieces in, they fit together like a puzzle, being very tight. I measured it so it would fit snugly inside the top. I didn’t use glue or anything to hold it in place, because the shelf is nuzzled tight against the sides, and the support beams in the front. Does that make sense? You can kind of get a better idea from this picture maybe: http://azcubed.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/console9.jpg Does that make sense?

  42. I was browsing Pinterest like every good stay at home mom and came across this pin. It took my breath away as I have the EXACT same dresser! Why such a dramatic response, you ask? Well, we are currently in need of a TV console AND I almost put that dresser by the road only two days prior to seeing your pin! Something in me said, “keep the dresser!!” So happy I did! I got my paint, hand sander and will get started today!! Thanks for sharing!

    • omg!! That is so funny! You have to send me pics when you are all done! How luck you are to have that dresser already! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  43. Wow this is beautiful! And I love the colors! This was the most clicked at my link party last week and I’m featuring it tonight on my blog!

  44. Saw this on Better After and had to leave a comment. I love what you’ve done with that dresser. It is gorgeous and the vision you had for that run down piece was spot on. Nice work!

  45. Wow! This is gorgeous! Glad I stopped by. Your project really caught my eye!

  46. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colour.

  47. wow, $76 is amazing! and I love it yellow with the black rubbing!!! Great job, Allyson!

  48. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later today!
    I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and join me this evening for Make the Scene Monday #67!

  49. Very nice job!!! I love refinishing furniture like this. I am not too sure I like the black outline. It looks as if it was missed in covering. Just my opinion.

  50. Love the yellow! My dresser turned TV console is one my all time favorite pieces. Yours is fantastic!

  51. That looks great! I really want to do something like this for my TV, too….just waiting for the right dresser to come along :)

    • Yes! It is definitely a waiting game, but don’t worry, it will be totally worth it! Can’t wait to see it!

  52. Looks fabulous!! We did a similar project with an old hutch turned into a TV console, painted it with turquoise DIY chalk paint. They are such a fun upcyled project! Thanks for sharing this, love the bright yellow!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  53. Leslie Ramey says:

    Thank you for the inspiration and step-by-step info on how to do it! This is exactly what I want to do!! Now, to decide what color I want to go with!!! :)

    • You are welcome! Picking the color is definitely the hardest part! Please send me some pics when you are finished! I would love to see your final product!

  54. I was going to do the same thing with a dresser. How would you put the wood in for the shelves when there is a small piece of wood in the middle where the drawer slid in?

    • I am not sure what you mean? Like wood the drawer slid on? I would take that out, mine also had that but I just unscrewed and removed

  55. This is awesome. I inherited an old amoire from my parents house and was going to paint it white and put in my daugthers room. i cant wait to try this technique out and see the results. was this a weekend project or did it take you longer than that?

  56. Allyson. I checked out the hutch and again, you did a phenomenal job. The piece that I am redoing is very ornate and it is not as tall as a regular armoire. I can’t even say if it is 100% wood, but my next question is, did you prefer the method you used on the hutch with the chalk paint, or your dresser turned console painting method? I don’t want to do a ton of sanding, but I know that I am going to have to break the original paint surface to get the paint to adhere. Your advise is appreciated.

    • Allyson says:

      If you want a look like Chalk Paint gives (distressed and matte) then I would definitely go with the Ann Sloan Chalk Paint. You won’t have to do any sanding or priming, it will save you a lot of time!

  57. What a beautiful console! You should pat yourself on the back! I love everything about it, from the color to the wax to the painted hardware! You rock!!!

    hugs x
    Crystelle
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    HCG drops giveaway right here

  58. We’re going to be doing this same thing to a dresser this weekend. Here’s hoping ours turns out as good as yours! :)

  59. Kjersten says:

    Love, love, love it! You mentioned you used a power sander – did you use this exclusively? Or did you just use it on the flat surfaces, and then do the borders of the drawers by hand? Thanks! Gearing up to do my own DIY projects after an upcoming move!

    • I used it as much as I could (because it’s way easier), and then used a little piece of sanding block to do the rest. It really wasn’t much! Thanks for stopping by and PLEASE post pictures on my facebook page when you are finished! I’d love to see your project!

  60. How did you attach the flat board to the dresser? For the shelves?

    • Allyson says:

      I didnt! I just slide it in and it was a totally snug fit! You could use wood glue if you are concerned!

  61. Valarie P. says:

    Your dresser looks amazing. I purchased some Rethunk Junk paint at The Kipling House (Marietta, GA) in sunflower. Looks just like your yellow, but no sanding no priming. Beautiful finish!! My end table looks great. Thank you for the beautiful inspiration.

  62. Heather Brent says:

    What brand/kind of dresser is that??? Im trying to find one just like it! Thankyou

  63. Jan Jeffreys says:

    Awesome! I already have a dresser that I want to refinish to use to hold the TV in the rec room of our new home. My concern is the top has a shiny, non-scratch finish. I can’t tell from the pics if the one you did has the same type of top. If so, did you do anything special other than sanding / priming for the paint to adhere? Thanks!

  64. When u added your boards from HD for the shelving, did you use wood glue? Ive never done a DIY dresser turned tv stand. Nov first I will be moving into a new townhouse n would love to try this! I’m afraid of the shelf not being sturdy enough with only glue, however ive never used it before so who am i to judge? Ps I love the yellow!

    • Hey Danielle! The wood boards aren’t even attached! I just fitted them in there really tightly. You can’t tell from the picture, but thjey are just resting on top of other wood. The shelves that you take out should have a wood base under them. If they dont, then yes I would definitely glue the boards in with wood glue. It will definitely be strong enough to hold it. But, I would guess your dresser has the wood board built in already. I put the extra boards on top so it would be smooth and even, and look uniformed. Feel free to email me if you have any other questions! DomesticSuperheroAZ@gmail.com Good luck!

  65. Love the dresser turned console!
    Actually found your blog doing a search and I think another blog stole your picture and didn’t credit you as their source. I found it here: http://www.bestdiytricks.com/turn-an-old-dresser-into-a-tv-stand/ and I followed you here because your watermark was on your picture. Thought you’d want to know! :)

  66. Love!!! I was curious as to how you dealt with the DVD player cords ? Thanks!

    • I used a drill bit that drills a wide hole through the back of the wood, and then put the cords through that and plugged behind the console!

  67. I really enjoy simply reading all of your weblogs. Simply wanted to inform you that you have people like me who appreciate your work. Definitely a great post. Hats off to you ! The information that you have provided is very helpful.

  68. We need to do this for our old dresser. How did you get that wood board inside?

  69. What kind of board or wood did you get to even out the top shelves?? Thank you for this great tutorial! I’m in the process of doing something similar now and this was very helpful!

    • I just got a wood board about 1/2 inch thick. I measured the inside dimensions of the dresser, and had it cut to size at the store. Then, I had them cut that piece, 3 times, so I could easily slide the wood inside (it would have been too hard to get one big piece in there). Good luck! I’d love to see pics when you are done!

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