Lori Haught Harper
Lori Haught Harper
  • Hometalker
  • Parkersburg, WV

Bland to Grand TV Stand

13 Materials
$10
4 Hours
Easy

My husband just loves it when I bring home furniture to redo. (Insert sarcasm.) Sometimes it takes me a while to get to them so they just take up space. Many of you can probably relate. Well, I finally got around to painting this little stand, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. He even liked it!

Before
Before

Above is the before picture. I would say this is something from the ’80s or ’90s, but it is a solid piece of furniture. All it needed was a facelift.  I gave it updated hardware and used a three-color blended paint technique to give it some interest.

1 Coat China Blue
1 Coat China Blue

The colors I used for this makeover are General Finishes China Blue Milk Paint, GF Westminster Green and a purply mix of Black Dog Salvage Blue Ridge and Appalachian Sunset Furniture Paint. Sounds a little weird, but stick with me.


After cleaning it up and removing the hardware on the front, I gave the entire piece, inside and out, a coat of China Blue. 

Starting to blend the colors
Starting to blend the colors

For the next step, I worked on one section at a time so the paint was still wet. I started with the door panels.


Now, listen up—this is important. If you try this, pour some of each color paint into a separate container or cup AND use a separate brush for each color. As you are dipping and blending, the colors will naturally mix on your brush but you don’t want to dip a dirty brush back in with what is left in the can.

Doors with 3-color blend
Doors with 3-color blend

So, with a different brush than what I used for the China Blue, I highlighted the inner edges of the panels with Westminster Green, blending where the two colors met so there was no demarcation line between the blue and the green. Sometimes I went back to the China Blue brush and alternated until I liked how it looked. With a third brush, I used the purply Black Dog Salvage mix for the center of the panels.  

The color blend is subtle but gives interest
The color blend is subtle but gives interest

I used the same technique on the sides, top and inside of the stand.

When that was dry I used some gold Gilders Paste, similar to Briwax Gold Gilt Cream, to highlight the edges a little. I just put it on with my finger and ran it along the edge of the area and around where the door handles would go. I thought that would go well with the new gold handles.

A touch of glimmer
A touch of glimmer

I gave the entire piece two coats of General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in Satin finish and then attached the updated gold hardware.

After - a modern upgrade
After - a modern upgrade

I think the sheen of the topcoat and the gold handles, along with the interesting paint treatment, give this project a more contemporary look. For more details and photos, check out the complete blog link at the bottom.


I had everything on hand except the gold handles, which came from Amazon, so my actual cost for this makeover was minimal.


Do you have a project or two sitting around waiting for you to become inspired? Grab a paintbrush today and get started! 

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
30 Creative Painting Techniques & Ideas You MUST See!
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
Turn Your Old Junk Into The Perfect Home For Your Plants
13 Spectacular Ways To Display Your House Number
31 Space Saving Storage Ideas That'll Keep Your Home Organized
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
16 Brilliant Wire Basket Hacks Everyone's Doing Right Now
14 Cool Ways To Upholster Chairs That You Can DIY
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Kitchen Updates Under $20
30 Brilliant Things You Can Make From Cheap Thrift Store Finds!
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
Lori Haught Harper

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Go

Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Elizabeth
    on Jul 4, 2019

    Pictures are SO DARK! Can you post lighter pictures so we can see the paint effect? Your 1st coat of China blue looks the SAME as your finished product!

    • Dawn
      30 minutes ago

      I disagree. Maybe try adjusting the brightness of your screen?

Join the conversation

4 of 24 comments
Your comment...