When the sunroom refresh began, I never thought in a million years that a vintage boxspring would end up on one wall and a 59-inch flatscreen TV on the other.
I mean, after all, this was a she-cave and big, gauty flatsceens, like boys, were not allowed. But, oh my gosh, here we are.
The boxspring, which is one of my favorite things ev-ah, is a true curbside rescue. The link to this wild adventure is at the bottom of this post.
And, the flatscreen is a true hand-me-down. Or….should I say hand-me-up….since it came from the basement? LOL.
Apparently, the reason that the TV was no longer acceptable was that a few pixels had stopped working and the receiver had died altogether.
The next thing I knew, the keepers of the man-cave were hauling this monstrosity to the sunroom and the vertical TV cabinet, that had been housing my 25-year-old big-box TV……OK…don’t judge…… to the garage.
And I was left to figure out how to decorate around this huge jet-black blob, hide those vulgar wires, and recover the lost storage space.
Turns out, it wasn’t such a big deal. All this sweet old cabinet needed was four easy building steps and a final coat of color.
The super-square and straight parson’s legs were simply sawed away. Since each leg was a solid piece of wood that extended up into the frame, this was pretty painless.
The result was a relatively smooth bottom that could be easily covered to look just like the opposite end.
Then, four curvy legs from the home improvement store were attached to one of the sides. Please note that both the legs and the installation plates were purchased.
Step Two: Add a Flat Top
After the cabinet was placed back in the sunroom, it was clear that the top needed to be closed. To make this happen, 1/4-inch plywood was cut, sanded, and caulked into place.
Step Three: Throw On a Fake Front
Similarly, another piece of plywood was cut and glued to the front. This closed up the holes from where the drawers used to be. The middle photo illustrates the raw plywood and the photo on the far right illustrates the plywood that had been stained to match the original color of the piece. I was shocked that the mix of two stains came so close to the original color!
After the entire front and top got two coats of chalk paint, evidence of the repairs had pretty much disappeared.
Step Four: Create a False Bottom
As for building the false bottom, I won’t lie. This process was a little harder, but was still just another cut and glue. Picture number one illustrates a frame that was glued to the outer frame of the cabinet. Picture two follows with the attachment of faux shiplap that was ripped from 1/4-inch plywood. Each piece was glued to the frame, but since the middle of the boards didn’t have anything to attach to, strips helped hold the shiplap pieces together. The strips were first glued to a piece of shiplap and then glued to a piece of shiplap (picture 3) that was already glued to the frame. Picture four shows three shiplap pieces assembled.
And, like the faux front piece, the false bottom was stained and then painted.
Luckily, the coarseness of the original wood made the transition process very easy. It was rustic to the max, which married nicely with the rough wood that was added.
And, that’s basically all there is to it. Four easy building steps and a final coat of chalk paint in this super yummy color gives this sweet, old cabinet an even sweeter, new life.
If you happen to have an old TV cabinet and wondered what in the world you’d do with it, here’s one idea. Turn it on its side.
Or, you might consider dividing it in half, like I did with another old TV cabinet. The bottom portion was refinished in blue and installed as a kitchen cabinet. Details on this makeover are here.
There are actually many, many ways that old TV cabinets can be repurposed. In fact, I have 3 and 1/2 more units that will be upcycled into something.
In case you’d like to share this idea, the picture above is specially sized for Facebook and the one below is specially sized for Pinterest.
As always, it is such a joy to share projects with you. And, to make it even more fun, I love to hear your questions, thoughts, and ideas. Hope you will leave a comment at the bottom of this post. 🙂
In the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by!
From my home to yours, have a most joyous and happy holiday season.
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Disclosure: Chalk paint was made by adding a product called Poppies Paint Powder to latex paint. Product was provided, but all opinions are my own.
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