DIY TV Stand From a Dresser

Amy Lanham
by Amy Lanham
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5 Hours

I’m all about reusing stuff around my house. So I made this DIY TV stand from a dresser we already had.

When we moved, this dresser seemed like it would make a good makeshift entertainment center. I could still use the bottom drawers for clothes, the middle drawers for dvds, and the top drawers could become a shelf.

The first thing we did was take out the top drawers and make a shelf. We used 1/4″ plywood and had it cut at Home Depot in to 3 pieces to fit in the shelf.

Measure the inside of the dresser drawer, the width and length you want and then get the plywood cut to that length. Then we nailed it in to place.

I then painted the whole dresser white and the inside of the shelf grey. Then I spray painted the old drawer handles and reattached them.

I wanted something really unique for the top of the dresser.

I decided to use paint sticks for the top, because paint sticks are cheap and easy to stain.

The three different stains I use are Sunbleached, Vintage Aqua, and Weathered Grey by Varathane. These colors seemed to go well together and I liked the variation.

The paint sticks were stained and polyurethaned and cut into various lengths. Then I laid it all out on top of the media center and nailed them down.

What the dresser looked like when I bought it. Just a regular dresser.

These are the paint sticks I bought. They come in a pack.

Stain the paint sticks before cutting them! This make the staining process go much faster.

The finished media center!

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  • Ellen Ellen on Aug 14, 2020

    I love the top! But, how about a straight-on photo of the dresser? Would love to see it straight on. Thanks!

  • Emmy Emmy on Aug 16, 2020

    The top is beautiful, love the color combination. You say you used Weathered Grey but the picture looks more like an oak stain. Is that just the way the picture came out?

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  • Suzie 50 Suzie 50 on Aug 22, 2020

    So pretty! I've been trying to find a way to cover the top of a dresser inexpesively and this is perfect. What a great finished project!

  • Dawn Dawn on Sep 03, 2020

    Beautiful work! Great inspiration ;)