Our New Media Center From A Dresser


Earlier this week I disclosed my addiction to ugly, old, abused furniture.  And it seems like I’m not alone.  Thanks for the back up ladies!   I also disclosed my lack of love for my former TV stand.  Along with my fondness for watching way too much TV, but I digress.

Anyway…. I bought this piece of furniture on a whim (and a whole lot of other pieces) and decided to turn it into a TV stand.

Here’s the before….



I like the idea of using a dresser for several reasons…..mostly because of the extra storage and the idea that Charming wouldn’t be able to open the doors and throw the contents everywhere.

I could barely wait to get started on this baby.  Thankfully we (not me, sadly….just the boys) had some good naps last week and both babies go to daycare two days a week now to start to get everyone ready for my return to work in March.  (Eek!) And to give me time to do these sorts of projects.

I started by removing all of the hardware.   On this occasion I actually put the parts in a plastic baggie.  Generally I don’t remember where I put the hardware so this is a big improvement for me.  Way to go, me,  on keeping the New Year’s resolution of being more organized.  Then I gave the whole piece a good cleaning with Murphy’s Oil Soap and wiped it down with a clean, damp cloth.

I decided on Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Gray because I’m seriously in love with this color.  Also, I wasn’t really into sanding, priming, and all of the blah blah blah associated with regular paint.  But I really, really do LOVE Paris Gray.



I only needed two coats.  This is yet another reason that I’m becoming a big time fan of ASCP.  And, yes, that’s a garbage bag doing double duty as a drop cloth.  I may be more organized these days but I’m still too lazy to go dig the drop cloths out of the storage area under the stairs.  I thinned the second coat a bit with about a tablespoon of water added to the can.  I love how this paint goes on and I’m learning not to over brush but to just let the paint settle in and do its thing.  (Hmmm….must try this with the rest of my life.)

Now here’s the part that I’m none too pleased about……. I’ve used the AS wax before but only on white pieces so I probably didn’t notice the imperfections.  This time the wax went on streaky and I could not figure out how to fix it.  Many web searches later, a glass of wine (for me), some mineral spirits (for the dresser), and then a third coat of paint, some more wine (for me), some light sanding and a final coat of wax, some more wine (for me), and it looks a lot better.  Basically, I’ve been adding waaaaayyyy too much wax.  Apparently, a dollop less than the size of a quarter should cover the whole piece.  My bad.  Think I’ll be investing in the special wax brush, too, for future endeavors.

I painted the handles in AS Pure White, waxed them (lightly), and re-attached them.



And here’s the finished piece.  Seriously. In. Love.


I distressed the edges just a little bit. Distressing makes me….well,…. distressed.  I feel like I’ve done all this hard work only to deliberately “wreck” it.  I’m slow to warm up to the distressing thing.





And just for fun…. a before and after shot.



I love how this dresser looks in the living room and how much it can hold.  I’m thinking of taking the two top drawers out to put the DVD player and receiver inside so they’re not sitting out on top.  But remember when I said, Charming can’t open the drawers and toss stuff out?  So wrong about that….the white handles seem to attract his attention even more than the old cabinet did.  We’ll be working on impulse control and better supervision on the home front this week.

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  1. OMG, you took the tackiness right out of this piece and made it fabulous!! I love Paris Gray too. And with distressing, I'm a big proponent of "less is more". I don't know how you manage to do all this with two babies!

  2. WOW! Beautifully done! I just discover Chalk Paint myself, that stuff is crazy awesome!! I'm posting my chalk painted project tomorrow, come check it out if you have a chance!

    Becky @ Posh Pink Giraffe

  3. Beautiful transformation. And thank you for the tip on the AS wax. Like you, I probably use way too much. I recently painted a piece similar to yours and I sold it at a consignment furniture store for $640. The Paris Gray looks terrific. I'm your newest Linky follower. Hope you'll follow back 🙂
    Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  4. Oops! No sooner than I posted about this dresser (I saw your post at the Thursday link party at The Shabby Creek Cottage) than I go back to the link party and see the dresser totally transformed in like the very next photo/link! Wow – not even time to explore at my leisure and wait a few days to see the great reveal. But it's wonderful anyway 🙂 Not sure if you can put up removable "panels" on the back of a drawer or two to slip in those boxes and CD player or whatever the other thing is (short memory, you mentioned it in your post but I don't remember what it is now!), so that the front would remain "in tact". Am just wondering about toddler-proofing those drawers. Aren't there plastic clip-thingies that can be inserted into drawers, similar to those that are used on kitchen cabinets, to prevent a child from opening them and getting into all kinds of mischief? The drawer (or cabinet door) does slightly open when tugged, but it takes a special finaggling with the clippy-thing by an adult to get the door to do the "open-sesame" magic. Something like this, maybe: http://www.onestepahead.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=676&cm_ven=RKG_GoogleBase&cm_cat=OSA_Non-Brand&cm_pla=GoogleBase&cm_ite=GoogleBase&orderType=2&utm_source=RKG_GoogleProducts&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=product&utm_term=GoogleBase

  5. It's amazing what ASCP can do with a piece of dated furniture. The Paris Gray really transformed this piece.

    Stopping by from Tillsonburg after the shout-out from Diamonds & Toads – am a huge fan of Michelle and all her work.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work. And thanks for the tip on the wax – I'm obviously using way too much too!

  6. They gray and white is such a beautiful combination. Lovely!

    We have a blog hop and would love to have you stop by. All posts -DIY, home makeovers, crafts, fashion, oranizing, recipes, anything you love is welcome. It is called Wonderful Wednesday and actually goes live at 7pm EST.

    Sinea from Ducks 'n a Row

    • Nope! No sanding required which is why I love this paint so much…having said that I just tried to paint my weird laminate bedroom furniture…Not a great success. Stay tuned for that post….maybe I'll get some answers about what went wrong.

  7. HOLY COW, WOMAN….this is awesome…just beautiful. Love that color and you did such a good job on it. Like you, I am not really into distressing …..just sayin'….:)

  8. That is beautiful! What a transformation. I need to do this when I get a new dresser because the drawers on mine are so broken.

    Also, I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog (it ends Tuesday) if you'd like to come back by and check it out that would be excellent!

    Sara Ivy

  9. Oh my gosh! That piece of furniture is beautiful! That's what I'm looking for too, for my TV and for storage. Did you have to sand it or strip the original finish? How did you take all the layers of furniture polish off? If one wanted to put rollers on this type of furniture, so they can move it easier, could that be done or will that ruin the looks of the finished piece? What else do you plan to use that dresser for? I am running out of storage space in my dining room buffet and was thinking how idea that would be for table linens, napkin rings,etc.

    • Hi Betty,

      Because I used Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint there was no stripping, sanding, or priming involved. (Which is why this paint makes me swoon with joy!) I did wipe it down with TSP so that removed the grime and years of built up crap. I love the idea of using a dresser as a buffet and I can't believe I haven't considered this. Honestly, I've spent months searching for a buffet but a dresser is a way better idea. I checked with Tom (my handyman extraordinaire) and he thinks there's no reason you couldn't add wheels to make it more portable. And if you really don't like the look they're easily removed. Good luck with your project. I'd love to know how it turns out.


  10. My oh My! How stunning is she now! I absolutey love it. I just painted my buffet "Old White" with AS paint. It looks great…I'm now working on an old hutch and now that I have seen your Paris Grey beauty, Paris Grey it will be. Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. WOW! This doesn’t even look like the same piece! Love your choices for color and the white hardware give the perfect pop of freshness!! Well done! If you are at all interested in joining in on one more link party I would be happy to host your talents! Making Broken Beautiful runs every Thursday thru Sunday and is a furniture and home decor party over at The Curator’s Collection. You do lovely work and I’d be honored to host you! I hope you have a great weekend!
    Making Broken Beautiful

  12. Jenna, your makeover projects always inspire me. You have such a creative flair. I love the colour of this piece. It’s just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing at Thriving on Thursdays. It’s always great to see you. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party. Have a great week!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

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