Blue TV Cabinet

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.

tv armoire before and after

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!)

old tv cabinet

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

paint sprayer

Dutch Boy satin paint (Go Blue)

latex primer


various grits of sandpaper

cloth to clean

chopsaw or miter box and handsaw

ruler and pencil

wood filler


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.

tv cabinet top 2

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.

new beadboard

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.

new knobs on armoire

blue tv cabinet

Much cleaner, brighter, sturdier and safer.

new blue tv cabinet

Click here to see how I organized the inside.