However, my stance on this has thus changed, since becoming a sole parent in TV screen competition with a teen son threatening to remove my recent Netflix series addiction…
I never even use to watch TV! Shame on me for firing it up one night to see what everyone else was talking about. Ok, well, aside from PVRed Survivor and Fixer Upper of course.
So when I upgraded my Shaw cable package to include a 2nd TV remote thing that worked off the main, (maybe it’s Shaw’s fault?) the TV came out of hiding and was plunked on my dresser to see if I’d even use the thing.
Boy did I! My Netflix prayers had been answered!
Plugging in a speaker system really meant for a computer, this rig up all jammed together on the top of this white numbered dresser did the job ok for the time being. One day I’d dress it up some I’m sure.
Then one day some stacked wood in the workshop gave me a brainstorm…
Who needs Pinterest when you have a messy garage workshop to inspire you?!
Well, I had to act on it to see if it worked. Which it did! So here’s what I did…
Reclaimed pallet wood planks for two risers and one larger board for the top.
Cordless drill, drill bit and screws.
2. Stack some pallet wood as risers to desired height, then cut from smaller to larger as shown, leaving the fronts the original cuts so they look naturally aged.
4. Do another riser, then lay the larger plank across the centres of both risers.
7. Screw the shelf to the risers from the top, driving a long screw into both.
I obviously didn’t care if I made holes in this old dresser. That’s the beauty of free repurposing I suppose. I first used it in my entry WAY back… rescued from someone’s barn.
9. Insert, “WOW, it worked and I LOVE it!” here.
I was truly stunned it worked so well, and looked so cool!
Now let me show you how to get that plain dresser to sing a new song…
Various Funky Junk’s Old Stencils
Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black and Casement (white).
1. Remove knobs from dresser, then lightly sand with a sanding sponge to prep. Wipe down with a damp cloth or tack cloth to remove all dust and allow to fully dry.
2. Empty and stack drawers.
3. Stare at the towering baskets filled to the brim from contents of said drawers, and reason you’ll deal with that another day. MUCH later.
(they are still there)
4. Paint the main frame of the dresser with black.
I painted on 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black. It went on like a dream!
5. Replace the drawers, and paint the fronts with white.
I painted 3 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Casement, and lightly sanded in between each coat. It’s a beauty just left like this! However I had other plans…
6. Position and tape word stencils where desired.
TV shows are about little escapes all around the world. Vacation types of words were chosen to emphasize my style of escapes that I love, subway art styled.
I just made sure things lined up so all the holes were filled. Kinda like doing a word puzzle.
Stencils used were Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils HERE
6. Using a dry-loaded stencil brush, each image was tapped with Coal Black.
It went on beautifully! I tapped the brush to darken the image as much as possible.
Learn more about how to stencil HERE.
Of course if little black or white knobs are more your thing, that would send all the focus back on the lettering, looking equally pretty.
However, you know me… it ain’t a finished project without junk.
“Oh my goodness…” is something I still say every day I glance at this thing. I really just LOVE it. My little TV seems to have even more importance and has become something I don’t even wish to hide. Kinda like a show shrine… : )
I was going to glaze/age the drawers at first, however I fell hard for the crisp black and white contrast against those white walls, so for now it will stay.
And love my continued evening Netflix watching even more…
Disclosure: I work with Fusion Mineral Paint to showcase projects using it and because I love the stuff. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The stencils are from my own line.