Furniture is expensive.
Make your own DIY TV Stand instead of spending money.
Kids can be destructive. So why spend money on nice stuff knowing it will get scratched, dinged or broken?
This is the reason I give for why I won’t spend our hard-earned cash on furniture. It’s more likely that I’m just cheap, none the less, furniture is an area of annoyance for me.
This dresser was given to my by a friend. I knew what I wanted to do with it, and had a Macgyver(ish) plan of how to get there. I figured I’d ultimately end up on pinterest to get step by step instructions.
This dresser would be re-purposed into a TV stand.
Our current TV stand was getting old and was not top-notch to begin with. Creating something ourselves would give us a piece we could customize how we wanted. It would also be a project hubby and I could do together.
The problem that I found was that if I tried to follow exactly what someone elses instructions said to do, I got confused. I kept thinking, “couldn’t I just do what’s in my head instead?” “Wouldn’t it be easier to do this?” While step-by-step instructions are good, sometimes you just have to dive in and learn through the experience. So we started hackin’ away at this thing.
I wanted two drawers and two interior shelves. Simple, right?
We started by making these cuts.
We cut out the strip of wood in the middle from the top to where the bottom shelf would be. You’ll see this displayed in the red straight line. We cut on the top and bottom of where you see the red arrow so there wouldn’t be a gap in the shelf.
That’s it. That’s all the modifications we had to do to the dresser itself.
Onto the shelves.
Hubby measured the interior length and depth of the dresser. We used two left over pieces of plywood for shelves. He cut them to size and attached them to the dresser.
The red arrows represent everywhere we attached the shelves. We used medium length screws, putting two on each side of the shelf, attaching from the outside. Then three across the back. We knew we wouldn’t be placing anything significantly heavy on the shelves, so an anchor in the middle wasn’t really necessary.
Once the shelves were in place all there was to do was paint.
Now, I know a lot of people LOVE chalk paint. It is everywhere in DIY projects. I have tried different recipes and seen finished pieces painted with the “name brand” stuff. I however, am not a fan. Gasp! Someone who does not love chalk paint? What the what?
Chalk paint is, at least in my opinion, labor intensive.
I need products that are non-DIYer friendly. Products that are so easy, it feels like cheating.
I have painted a lot of things since we built our house and this paint is my favorite.
Yes, that is a can of spray paint! It is a paint and primer in one. I love it. It covers anything, leaves a great finish and is easy to use! You can shop these paints here.
It only took me one can of spray paint to completely cover this TV stand.
Our TV Stand.
I smile every time I walk by this in our home.
TV’s don’t really take good pictures, so I left it off for this one. It does indeed hold a TV on it though. A stand like this is so versatile. I had so much fun creating it with the hubby. And it’s so pretty. For this non-DIYer, that is something to be proud of!
Whatever project you have been wanting to tackle, but keep putting off because you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, or think you aren’t creative enough, or don’t have the time. Just do it anyway. Set aside a Saturday morning and just try.
You are capable of so much more than you give yourself credit for.
Total money spent on this piece of furniture: drum roll please…
A can of paint and two new pulls from Lowes bring the grand total to $9.00!
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!