Old Dresser Turned Into Modern TV Stand

by Rachael
7 Materials
4 Hours
Transformed an outdated hardwood dresser into a functional TV stand with tons of storage!
Second hand bureau we bought.
After having no luck in our search for a reasonably priced, good quality TV stand that matched our decor, we decided to make our own!
I searched Craigslist for a used hard wood dresser that would be the perfect height to put our TV on (around 31 inches high). I also wanted it to be around 55 inches in length to fit the TV nicely and in case we upgraded the TV in the future.

On a nice day, we brought the old dresser outside and started the project by removing all the drawers and the handles. Using fine sand paper, we sanded down the top and the sides of dresser and the front of drawers.
Use painters tape so it comes off easy.
We wiped down the dresser and the drawers with a towel and then taped off the top with painters tape. Then we applied primer paint everywhere except for the top. Once the primer dried, we followed with 3 coats of white chalk paint, letting it dry in between coats.
Dry and back in the house!
While the paint was drying, we stained the top of the dresser using a cloth, and applied two coats. Once dried, we sprayed the top with a polyurethane to protect it and add a little shine. When the entire dresser was dried, we installed the new bronze handles and put the drawers back in.
After some searching, I found the perfect sized baskets at Target to fit in an empty drawer section. And voila, we had a beautiful new to us TV stand for a fraction of the cost of a new one. It also has tons of storage for DVDs, games, books etc.
It's really amazing to see the transformation. We get so many compliments on it and it's always a nice reminder to think outside the box :)
Suggested materials:
  • Primer   (Home Depot)
  • White Chalk Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Door handles   (Home Depot)
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  • Vicki Pemberton Vicki Pemberton on Aug 25, 2017

    It looks great! What did you do in the empty drawers? Take out the tracks? Add walls?

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