Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finding Treasures: DIY T.V. Cabinet

In order to have pieces of furniture you absolutely love, sometime you need to get creative. Getting creative takes planning, time, and effort, but it for sure saves money! A while back, I wanted a cabinet for our t.v. to sit on. I am really into white furniture so I searched for affordable pieces. Unfortunately, affordable and furniture do not belong together in the same sentence! Instead of being disappointed I decided to make what I wanted.

My husband and I took a trip to Goodwill in his old pickup truck, hoping to find something to take home. There wasn't much of a selection but I saw an old, not to mention ugly, piece of furniture I wanted to get because I saw lots of potential in it! I had big plans for that ugly thing! We paid $50 and hauled it home.
I started to doubt I could make this look amazing.
To start this transformation process, placed plastic liner (used for painting) on the floor and the cabinet on top of it. I taped the inside of the cabinet (originally debated using a different color inside). Second, I sanded the cabinet down just a little bit and started to paint white. After 3 coats, it finally started to look how I had imagined it to.

Three coats of white paint, and two layers of polyurethane over it.

I worked on this project for 2-3 days. Waiting for each coat of paint to dry thoroughly before adding another. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area. I had my kitchen windows open and my double french doors (worked on this in the fall when it is nice and cool in Maryland). For the top coat, I used polyurethane. This is pretty toxic smelling to be honest with you. I coated it outdoors where I could breathe! The finally result was great. I was very pleased with it. Would I rather have that super nice cabinet from Pottery Barn? Absolutely! But this will do just fine for me!

Cost: Cabinet $50, Paint $12, Polyurethane $ 15= $77.00 Total
Yes, I enjoyed watching Seinfeld re-runs on my new surface.

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