Goodbye 1990’s glossy black TV stand, hello lovely and functional chalky finish paint toy shelves. Another project that has been on my To Do list for years that I can finally check off.
In the apartment we had an Asian theme in our living room/ TV room. When we bought the house, the Asian theme stayed in the living room (now with lovely wall art) and we went with a Southwest/ Mission style in the TV room. In the apartment the glossy black TV stand was a nice fit with the black lacquer end tables.
Here, it had no place. So I threw some fabric over it and it sat. For about a decade. This was the mystery project I mentioned when I refinished the typing table. And like the typing table it was a bit of a DIY fail for awhile.
First things first, I dragged it outside, removed the two drawers on either side, the poster board backing that was still remaining and a few years of dust.
I disassembled the drawers and removed all of the hardware except for the rollers on the sides. I would have had to take it apart to get to the screws, plus it left me a nice base to add some more shelves. I cut the old drawer fronts down to make the extra shelves for the sides.Then I sanded down everything to give it a nice rough finish for the paint to adhere to.
After I wiped down from the sanding, I sprayed it with the remnants of a can of white spray paint I had in order to prime it.
Now is the DIY Fail part. I tried to make my own chalky finish paint like I did with the Beach Memories Shell Collage and picture frames. The plan was a white base with faded green top coat lightly brushed on. The DIY paint worked so well the first time, but when I scaled it up, this happened. waaaaaaaaah!
I blame my old paint that was too thick. I tried to compensate for it, but obviously I added too much plaster and ended up with this disaster.
I cleaned up the mess, threw the cover back over it and waited until I could go buy some paint. Which should have been easy to do, but the paint mixer was broken the first place I went. Then at the second store I let the paint rep talk me into buying real chalky finish paint, at $30 a pint. DO NOT TELL MY HUSBAND!!!!!!! I should have tried to sweet talk the rep into a discount for using the paint in the blog. But I didn’t so I won’t mention the name 🙂
I finally got back to painting.Then applying a wax sealer.
After buffing it, I love it.
I printed some labels for some shoe boxes we have around because I spent $30 on paint I wasn’t spending any more by buying containers. Someday I may get something nicer. But for now it works.
And that little corner of the room is much brighter, and hopefully the rest of the room will be neater because we have easily accessible storage. A mom can hope anyway.
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