Monday, January 26, 2015

Free Dresser turned Fabulous Media Cabinet

We received this dresser as a gift a couple of weeks before we closed on the house and it has lived in the "Nursery" every since we moved in. We spent the first 11 months in the house without a TV in the house and when we finally bought one, we put it on the coffee table in the Family room for the time being. Time being turned into more than a couple of months, when  I remembered the lonely dresser upstairs and thought that with a little TLC it would be a great solution. 

The cabinet was an unfortunate yellowish laminate, had some chunks off the top and had packing tape residue all over.!
First step was taking the dresser downstairs (a project in and of itself since that thing is HEAVY!) and placing it in the middle of our project area. I decided to paint it in the middle of the family because it was way to much of a hassle to get it outside the house and have to cross our fingers that it didn't rain for a week.

I covered the floor and all the furniture with dropcloths and placed the dresser in the middle of the room. First, I filled in every big scratch or deep gouge with wood filler, that dried out while I scrubbed every nook and cranny of the piece. 

After that I mostly followed LiveLoveDIY's tutorial on how to paint laminate furniture, starting with a 2 coats of Zinsser primer . I chose to paint it with Behr's Ultra White (semi gloss finish) since if I ever decide to paint the kitchen cabinet the would go in that color as well.

How it looked after 2 coats of primer... 
I decided to seal it with Minwax soft wax (wax it on, wait 30 min then buff it out with a clean rag) I had at hand rather than using some Minwax Poly as the tutorial recommended .The mercury glass pulls I scored at Hobby Lobby for 50% off, were the finishing touch. From free to fabulous in under $50! (Only had to buy the primer, paint and pulls)

and here it is in all it's Christmas glory (and in a really bad cel picture!)

 I promise you'll all get to see new pictures of the house in a few weeks :)


  1. The "new" media cabinet looks lovely!

    1. I'm really happy with how it turned out! it's got tons of storage space so no I can hide the mess of cables I had on the floor before.