Remember these? Back in the 80’s and 90’s we used cabinets like this to hide our big, bulky TV sets. So what are we supposed to do with all of those cabinets now that we have flat screens? Save them from the trash heap and do your own TV cabinet transformation!
After a busy week of working on this TV cabinet, it is finally done! Keep reading for all the details!
After stripping off the poor paint job from the previous owner, the piece needed to be primed. Zinsser Bin Primer is a shellac based primer that is perfect for knotty wood like this cabinet has. A good stir and then I used my Talenti Ice Cream container to hold a small amount of the primer. It is a smaller container and easier to hold. Plus, it’s just another reason to buy the ice cream – I mean I need these small containers, right??
I spot primed the knots first. The primer only takes about 45 minutes to dry, so I was ready for the full coat in no time.
quick painting tip
Here’s a quick tip when painting paneled doors on furniture or even on kitchen cabinets: paint the inset sections of the paneled door first, going with the grain. Watch the corners and edges so that you don’t get any runs.
When all four of the insets are painted, paint the four framed sections of the door.
Finally, paint the middle of the paneled door. Be sure to check constantly for any runs on the edges. It is easy to let one slip by 🙂
chalk paint recipe
Our client chose to use a custom mix of chalk paint using the Valspar color Blue Mist. I purchased a quart of the paint in flat and mixed the chalk paint myself using this Calcium Carbonate from Amazon. I have used this method of mixing chalk paint in the past and have been very pleased with the results!
The mixing is easy:
- 1 quart flat interior paint
- 1 cup calcium carbonate
- 4-6 tablespoons hot water
Mix the calcium carbonate and hot water in a small container until all the lumps are dissolved and mixed in. Remove some of the paint from the quart can then pour in the calcium carbonate mixture. Mix very well to incorporate the paint with the mixture.
Two coats covered the cabinet perfectly. The primer helps the coverage of the paint.
distressing, waxing and buffing
Next up was waxing the TV cabinet. I used Johnson Paste Finishing Wax for this project because I love the aging effect of the wax. It tones the color down just enough that the paint doesn’t look so new.
A stiff waxing brush is helpful to for getting into the nooks and crannies. Be careful to to let the wax build up in the corners. That just looks messy!
I like to buff this finishing wax with a chunk of upholstery weight batting. I know that sounds weird, but it is the perfect amount of texture to buff while being soft enough polish to a matte luster. It is also easy to hold for arthritic hands 🙂
See what I mean about the finishing wax aging the piece? It’s subtle, but adds just enough vintage goodness to the cabinet!
And here she is! Our client needed shelving so hubby took care of that for her. Look at all of the storage this tv cabinet transformation provides!
After cutting the shelving to fit, he stained them to match the existing color of the interior of the cabinet. Perfection!
spray paint the knobs!
Rustoleum Hammered Spray Paint makes the wooden knobs look like metal. I really love this spray paint for so many projects!
I primed them first with Rustoleum Flat Spray Primer in flat black, then two light coats of the Hammered Finish in Dark Bronze. The knobs were finished off with a light coat of clear sealer in a matte finish.
character and texture
Remember the lite distressing I mentioned earlier? It is just enough to add some character to this TV cabinet! Also, notice the texture the chalk paint provides!
When I painted the cabinet, I painted in one direction for the first coat and the opposite direction for the second coat creating a hatched texture. This helps to add additional character to the piece. The wax settles into the texture creating even more character!
Remember the steps we took to get the finishes look for this tv cabinet transformation? Amazing isn’t it??
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