Last year we really needed a TV stand and almost bought an ugly one at Wal-mart for about $80 – yikes. Instead, I found this one at Goodwill and decided to play with it to make it more like one I really wanted from Pottery Barn…
So, what do you think? Improvement?!
Here’s a small overview of my process. I am by no means a professional or even close, but am able to get things done with some trial and error!
First I sanded it down a bit (not quite enough though, especially on the silver doors…which I had to re-sand and do later because they were peeling very badly!)
Next, I got ready to paint! I used some paint that my in-laws had left over from painting their walls – Behr Antique White – not sure if it was the best type of paint to use on this project…because of the peeling I experienced, but that also might be because of a poor sanding job, or the cheap laminate I was working with. I taped the doors to paint them, see, still way too shiny…little did I know that would be a nightmare!!!
The paint started peeling off in stripes after it dried, so I had to sand the doors down and pretty much remove all of that silvery stuff…it was annoying! Lesson learned: sand WELL or prime or something (especially if not working with real wood)!
We picked up some new hardware for the drawer and doors at Wal-mart for $11. My dear hubby helped me put them on as it was quite difficult since we needed to make new holes. But he was great at that – at least they aren’t TOO crooked!
Then, I started to distress it by adding some paint – a unique way to do it I know. The reason I used paint on top to “distress” is because the color under the paint was really light and wouldn’t look great showing through. I believe it was actually a rust primer spray paint that I used (I had it on hand). I would spray it on a plastic bag first (again, because it’s what I had close by) and then rub it on the edges and lightly across the entire thing. The plastic bag worked great because the paint didn’t soak into it entirely, which gave me time to apply it to the TV stand.
I also took off those crazy looking feet! And, there you have it! Our “new” TV stand!
I know it’s not perfect, but I love it! And our TV (actually our friend’s TV that were borrowing until Black Friday last year) looked much nicer on a stand than sitting in the corner!
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