Sunday, February 17, 2013

Upcycled Dresser to TV Cabinet


Its been a while since I had a piece of furniture to repurpose. 

I've missed the sanding, painting and distressing...its therapeutic to me. 

I love that my hubby can get involved too, he rolls his eyes at my ideas sometimes and yet he is always surprised at how well it turns out! 
After all these years he really shouldn't doubt me!!!

The TV stand in our living room has always been either this monstrous dark chest or an awful black cabinet (which has long been moved to the sidewalk)
I love that old dark chest, my Mom gave it to me for my 16th birthday. I have plans to paint it one day, but I'm still thinking about it though. 

It just wasn't working in the corner of the room, it was too dark, heavy and in the way. Has been for the last five years.

A couple of years back I bought an ugly laminated chest of drawers from the thrift store for the kids to use. Ugly...

Then after living with all this darkness and ugliness for long enough I enlisted Sean's help to convert the chest of drawers into a TV cabinet. Easy right?

We ripped the back off, removed and reused the wood from the drawers to build a new base and shelf.
Then a couple of coats of white paint, distressing and sealing, the cabinet was good to go! 

This was a pretty easy weekend project.

I bought the wicker baskets on clearance at Briscoes. The kids to store their mega blocks in them and I'm a happier mum with a neater living room.

 The whole corner of the room has opened right up and it looks so spacious, modern and clean.

I'm seriously loving all the extra natural light too.


This Instagram photo was taken on a very humid day a little while ago and while I took it of Maclayne just laying around trying to cool down, the cabinet looks really great and the room so fresh. 

As you can see Sean has already upgraded his speaker system!


Now I'm looking for my next big project!

Take care and have a great week, don't forget to follow us on Facebook,
 


 xxx
 
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46 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much Carlene, I'm really enjoying it xx Nat

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  2. Wow! You did amazing! I cannot believe that's even the same piece of furniture!

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    1. Thank you so much Amy, it was pretty ugly before wasn't it?

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  3. What a great repurpose Natalie! It really is so much lighter and brighter. Loving the picture with Maclayne too! Wonderful job!!

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  4. Natalie that is one beautiful furniture makeover! Love the addition of the baskets on the shelf too! I can't believe it started out as that ugly little dresser! You've got the magic touch girl!

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    1. Aw thanks hun, I couldn't do it without my Sean though xxx

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  5. This is awesome...love it. you did a great job.

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  6. That was a complete transformation - and what a difference the white paint and adding baskets make! Your daughter seems to love being in the area now that it has "opened up." Great job, Nat!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Gail, we are all loving the extra light in the room, and of course I do love my white distressed look xx Nat

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  7. Great idea, Natalie! I love the baskets you added at the bottom too.

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    1. Thanks heaps, we are really enjoying the flow of the room now and I love me some baskets too xx Nat

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  8. Natalie,

    This project turned out so beautiful! Such a wonderful upcycle! I can't wait to see what your next big project is! Thanks for such a great share. I will never look at an old dresser the same way again!

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    1. Thanks hun, I know my next big project will be to paint that dark chest with the engraving on the front, but for now I'm happy just to think about it, it has a lot of history for me and I'm pretty nervous about painting it.

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  9. Nat, you've done such a great job fixing this up! I love that you took something that wasn't very attractive to look at, and made it beautiful! your baby girl looks awfully cute too!

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    1. Thanks hunni. Those drawers were ug-er-ly weren't they? So glad they're gone lol

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  10. Greetings, I am your newest follower :-)

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    1. Glad to have you, thank you so much for following xx

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  11. You really did lighten up that end of the room with your clever dresser redo! The baskets looks awesome.

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    1. Thanks Maureen, I do love my baskets, would you believe I actually have too many of them?

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  12. WOW! What a huge difference! Nice work :) Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday

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    1. Thanks Jamie, hope you're having a great weekend xx Nat

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  13. looks great! i've got a piece in the garage for the last 3 years that i've wanted to redo as a tv stand. this is some motivation for me, lol.

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    1. Oh you really have to do it - I am loving this upcycle. It doesn't take too long either xx Nat

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  14. What a great job! I love that you repurposed a chest of drawers. Fabulous idea!

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    1. Thanks Tuula, I was actually going to throw that awful dresser out and now I'm so glad I didnt!

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  15. What a great idea! I love the after. Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d}.

    Have a fabulous week.

    Mary Beth

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    1. Thanks Mary Beth, hope you're having a great weekend xx Nat

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  16. So cute! What a great idea! Love the after!

    I would like to invite you to link up to my linky party, Thrifty Thursday!

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    Hope to see you there!

    -Lindsey

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  17. Wow, what an amazing transformation!!! I never would have thought that this is the same piece of furniture. It looks beautiful!

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  18. Great job! I really think it turned out fantastic! Thanks for sharing at ITS PARTY TIME! {HUGS} Clydia

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    1. Thanks Clydia, hope you're having a great weekend xx Nat

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  19. awesome work! i probably would have trashed both!

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  20. Really this is a great Job, I am a new follower to your lovely blog and found you through Work It Wednesday. I would love it if you follow me back

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  21. You did a really good job with that dresser!!! I agree with you, it was ugly...not now!!
    Selene @ restorationbeauty.com

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  22. Very well done....I never would have known that your TV stand was a dresser in a previous life! :D

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