I purchased a TV cabinet at a yard sale this summer for $7. $7!? I know, it was a weird price. But it was towards the end of the day and I think she was just imaging herself hauling it to Goodwill. In fact, she probably would have just given it to me. It was solid wood, durable, heavy, and definitely worth $7. With a bright blue paint it would be a perfect fit in our playroom.
This is what I had in the playroom before. It was an okay option at the time but with as active as my 5 1/2 year old is the glass shelves are just asking for trouble. The piece used to have doors on it but those got ripped off a long time ago because they were just laminate. Knowing I was going to replace it I allowed it to get messier and messier until last week one of the shelves fell down and my son caught the TV (true story!)
Yowsers I definitely need a better, sturdier option! So back to the post…
20 feet of 1 x 4’s
air compressor with air nailer
Dutch Boy satin paint (Go Blue)
various grits of sandpaper
cloth to clean
chopsaw or miter box and handsaw
ruler and pencil
I wasn’t in love with the engraved seashell thing at the top. Perhaps it would look better in a different room painted and glazed but not so much in a kid’s playroom. Or at least MY kids playroom, haha!
The nice part was the top popped off so I just unscrewed everything and nailed in new 1 x 4’s on the sides and top to gave it a more casual look. Then I just popped it back in place lining up the dowels.
I also had to add a new back to it since the previous owners cut a huge square out of it to accommodate a bigger television. I purchased a sheet of bead board (cut to size — thanks Lowes!) and nailed that in place with my air nailer.
I lightly sanded the entire piece and then washed it really well. Then I spray primed it. I let that dry overnight, lightly sanded it with a fine grit sand paper and then gave it a really good coat of Dutch Boy’s Go Blue paint in a satin finish. Every time I post about spraying furniture I get questions about my paint sprayer. See here to see the one I use.
I also changed out the knobs, added new magnetic closures, and shelf pins to hold the shelves in place.
Much cleaner, brighter, sturdier and safer.