Furniture Makeovers

TV Cabinet Makeover: Outdated Cabinet is Refinished and Installed as a Kitchen Cabinet

TV cabinet makeover and reinvented as a kitchen cabinet | The Chelsea Project |

There was a time when one corner of my kitchen, the one that faces northwest, was a dark as a dungeon.

TV cabinet makeover details refinish with Fusion Mineral Paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comAlthough windows allowed in bright light to the left and right of this area, the corner itself remained dark and totally uninspired.  Originally, the builder had installed a desk with cabinets above it, but it was always cluttered and just in the way.  A few years ago, the desk was removed and reinstalled upstairs.  In its place, an old-time TV cabinet was installed and used for a few years.


TV cabinet makeover "before" picture | The Chelsea Project |

When the kitchen nook finally got a refresh, this sad little corner and its sad little cabinet were included in the updo.


Happily, the refinishing process for the cabinet was really easy.  

Photo #1 illustrates a slight sanding with 240-grit sandpaper in order to break the seal on the piece.  After sanding, the piece was cleaned with a tack cloth.

Photo #2 illustrates the first coat of Fusion Mineral Paint (color – Homestead Blue).  I used a brush technique to make the paint look chippy.  Please note that when this paint is applied using normal brush strokes, Fusion Mineral Paint provides complete coverage without any chipping.   

Photo #3 illustrates a second coat of Fusion Mineral Paint (color – Inglenook) that was applied very, very lightly.  The intent was to streak, not to cover the first coat of paint, and was completely accomplished by manipulating the brush.

Photo #4 illustrates a third coat of Fusion Mineral Paint (color – Homestead Blue), that was lightly drybrushed over the second coat.TV cabinet makeover- #1 Sanded #2 First coat #3 Second coat in a different color #4 Third coat - a drybrush of the first coat | www,thechelseaproject.comAs soon as the paint dried and two guys were around, the top of the cabinet was removed.  

Yes, I refinished the bottom without knowing how the piece would look when it was separated (#stayfearless).  It actually sat this way for about five days because the Hubs was out-of-town on business. I assure you, the suspense drove me cray cray.

When the cabinets were finally separated, under the top portion of the cabinet was a beautiful mahogany layer that didn’t have a scratch on it (#score!)TV cabinet makeover and installed as a cabinet during the kitchen nook refresh | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comAt this point, all I had to do was clean the mahogany, add the drawer pulls, and move it into place.


Here’s how it looks now.TV cabinet divided in half, refinished using Fusion Mineral Paint, and installed as a cabinet | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comThe change is pretty amazing, isn’t it?TV cabinet makeover and reinvented as a kitchen cabinet | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comTo top off the chest, a vintage-style plate rack was added in the fall.TV cabinet with vintage-style plate rack decorated for Fall | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comLike the blue chest, it has added a lot of light, color, and fun to the corner.A vintage-style plate rack adds light, life, and color | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comAnd, it’s so funny because, when the plate rack was getting installed, I actually thought it would serve as open shelving.  Now, it’s obvious that it’s more of a fun rack.  Maybe tinkering with the decor from season-to-season will grow old……TV cabinet was refinished and topped with a vintage-style plate rack | The Chelsea Project |……but, it hasn’t yet.  LOL…A vintage-style plate rack adds open shelving above the chest | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comIf you appreciate this makeover, I do hope you’ll share it with others.  FACEBOOK and TWITTER buttons are at the bottom of the page.  Any photo can be pinned, including the PINTEREST COLLAGE below.

Outdated TV Cabinet Makeover to Kitchen Cabinet

As always, thanks so much for stopping by.  It is a pleasure to share projects with you.

SignatureSee how this 1960’s coffee table goes from trash-to-treasure (link here).

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Disclosure:  Two containers of Fusion Mineral Paint were supplied by certified Fusion merchant and mentor

Melanie Alexander (link here for information on using or buying paint).  

There were no other forms of compensation.





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  • Reply Lucy @ Patina Paradise February 1, 2016 at 4:00 am

    I just love the finish on this piece! Amazing! I would invite you to link up to Friday’s Furniture Fix… but you are going to be one of my new co-hosts… so look forward to seeing what you create in the future! ;o)

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 1, 2016 at 4:05 am

      Thanks, Lucy!! You’re so sweet! I’m looking so forward to our new adventure!!

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  • Reply Debbie Tibbs February 18, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I love what you did to that chest!. The finish is amazing. I think we all need a plate rack like that to be able to change it out for the seasons!

    • Reply theChelseaProject February 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks, Debbie. That chest is my love. I enjoy it so very much! Thanks for loving it, too. And.. For visiting.!!

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  • Reply Toni | April 7, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    This cabinet is to die for! I can’t believe it’s the same piece. I wish we lived closer so I could get some painting lessons from you. So far I’ve only ever painted one color, I have so much to learn. You need to do videos!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 7, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks , Toni. It’s not hard. Just a good brush, a damp rag, and a lot of patience. XO

  • Reply Sarah April 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Such a beautiful piece Susie!! 😀 You work magic with a paintbrush!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 7, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks, Sarah.. The paint is wonderful. It was a joy to work with it.

  • Reply thesummeryumbrella April 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    What a beautiful color!! Absolutely LOVE this makeover, and it looks stunning in your home 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 9, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Thanks so much, LZ. You are the sweetest. I was just thinking about how good one of your signs would look in that open shelving/plate rack. LOL… #IneedToGOShopping … XOXO

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    Sharing tonight on the link party! LOVE it!

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

      Thanks so much. I’m so honored.

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  • Reply Lisa March 13, 2017 at 7:52 am

    love the color and the chippy look! you stated you used a chippy technique….do you have a link for the technique?

    • Reply theChelseaProject March 14, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Hi Lisa. There’s not a separate link. I painted the basecoat color on the piece and allowed it to dry. Then I used another color and “drybrushed” the paint over the basecoat. To drybrush, lightly dip the brush in paint and then dab the brush on a clean cloth or paper towel to remove most of the paint. Then LIGHTLY drag the brush over the piece in places where you want the second color of paint. Hope this helps. If you want more information, simply google “how to dry brush paint” or something similar. There are thousands of tutorials and videos. Best of luck with your piece.

  • Reply Lisa March 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    ohh ok, I misread. Thank you so much I’m gonna play before I tackle a big project.

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