How to Revamp an Old Console TV Cabinet

How to Revamp an Old Console TV Cabinet

You know it’s bad when you can spy a piece of furniture left on the side of the road a couple of streets over from the road on which you are travelling, do you know what I mean? That is the case with this console television. It was in the gutter and I just had to look at it. It was in fabulous condition! Into the vehicle it went with the best part being that I already had an idea in mind!

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Matt was nice enough to remove the tv parts from the cabinet for me. From what I understand, this is a very touchy thing to do since parts of it can actually implode! (Seriously, google it!) Anyway, if you are creating a project like this, use the utmost caution and safety, then dispose of the parts properly!

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The main body of the cabinet is constructed out of 3/4″ MDF, with the front “pillars” and “drawers” being plastic. I cut a piece of 1/4″ lauan to fit in the bottom of the cabinet then secured it with glue and 1″ brad nails.

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The back of the cabinet had a piece that extended out with a groove in it where the old back was located. I cut another piece of lauan and it fit perfectly in the groove.

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I’m not normally a huge fan of spray primer but for the finish on the MDF, you’ll need something that will bite into it so the paint doesn’t peel off later. After sanding the top to smooth some of the bumps from minor moisture damage, I gave the cabinet a healthy coat of Zinsser BIN spray primer. This primer is perfect for slick surfaces! I gave the cabinet a couple coats of Behr in Delicate Lace.

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I had already removed the hardware from the front of the cabinet and primed it. I decided to use Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in Charcoal ~ which I did not take a close-up photo of!!

I also built  door frames to fit in the opening (tutorial coming soon!). I painted them in Valspar’s Pantone Emerald (which is supposed to be the color of the year for 2013), and covered the center panels with dacron upholstery batting and this super-cool cotton duck fabric ~ (another tutorial coming soon!)

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Another great feature of this cabinet is that it is on casters!! Yahoo! So whadda ya think?? I guess it is true ~ one person’s trash is definitely another person’s treasure! Now that I’ve created a tutorial on how to revamp an old console tv cabinet into something fabulous, I’ve been on the hunt for more!

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  • Tara Carroll

    Love this idea!! Really cute!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much! I love the way it came out!

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  • Susan

    Sweet! What an awesome makeover. I love that you put doors on it!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much, Susan! Overall, it was the easiest project I’ve ever undertaken! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Nancy B

    What a great makeover. I would never have thought to make a cabinet out of an old TV console! And yes, I know JUST what you mean about seeing furniture on the side of the road two streets over. I think my husband is afraid to get in the car with me these days. 😉

    • CherTexter

      LOL, Nancy! No one wants to go anywhere with me… Not even the kids! They know they will eventually have to ride with furniture, doors, lumber, or a combo of things! It gets really embarrassing when I pick them up somewhere with a carload of junk! Thank you very much for stopping by!

  • Kathy Penney

    Oh I wish I had my grandparents old TV! I would love to do this to it! You did a beautiful job and love the colors! Pinned it to my Furniture Redo board! Thank you for sharing at All Things Pretty!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you so much! This was such a fun project and I love how it turned out! I always enjoy sharing at All Things Pretty.Thank you for stopping by!

  • Oh Wow! What a cute transformation.

    • CherTexter

      Thanks so much! I felt like such a dork hauling it into the car from the side of the road!

  • My Repurposed Life

    very cute Cher! I’ve been looking for one of these tv’s for years….

    catching you!

    • CherTexter

      Thank you very much, Gail! It was a really fun project and I have been on the lookout for another!

  • CherTexter

    Thank you so much, Jenna! I’m on the lookout for another!

  • Marilyn

    I have a tv almost just like this one. Still works but my kids tell me it has to go. Going to ask my son-in law about it.

    • CherTexter

      Hi, Marilyn! You know, I never plugged that TV in to see if it still worked! I would say, if it still works, don’t get rid of it but then again, I have kids, too, and know how they will henpeck you to death until that TV is gone, ha ha! Thanks for stopping by!

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