Subway sign styled TV stand dresser with wood shelf
I have NEVER before been a fan of having a TV in a bedroom.
However, my stance on this has thus changed, since becoming a sole parent in TV screen competition with a teen son wanting to take over my Netflix hobby…
So when I upgraded my cable package to include a 2nd TV remote that worked off the main the TV came out of hiding and was plunked on my bedroom dresser to see if I’d even use it.
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.
Then one day some stacked wood in the workshop gave me a brainstorm…
Since the TV in the bedroom was there to stay, it was time to make the dresser work more effectively and flip this into something super cool…
So a subway sign styled TV stand dresser was born!
Here’s what I did:
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Subway sign styled TV stand dresser
with wood shelf
Reclaimed pallet wood planks for two risers and one larger board for the top.
Cordless drill, drill bit and screws.
Building the wood shelf
First up was to build a shelf to house some of the components under so everything TV media related fit. Being inspired by a stack of wood in the workshop (you heard that right…), here’s what I did:
1. Gather up a large plank of wood for the top, and smaller stacked wood for the risers.
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.
Creating the shelf supports
3. Drill a hole into the centre of the stacked wood, then loosely insert a long screw. Slightly twist the stacked wood into the desired position, then tighten the screw all the way.
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…
Stenciling a subway dresser
Various Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils
Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black and Casement (white).
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…
Adding the stenciled signs
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 for this project:
(Route 66 is no longer available)
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.
The finished subway styled dresser!
“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…
Fun piece, isn’t it?!
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