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{Before & After} – dresser turned TV console

Hey everyone!!  I hope your weekend has been fabulous!  Im sad thats it almost over – but, i have some fun stuff in the shop this week and im kinda excited to get back to work in the shop tomorrow – man, i LOVE my job!!!

I have a quick before & after that i found while going through my pics today – and it was a big change so i thought i would share it with ya.  It started as a classic 70’s style dresser…beauty eh’ ???

One thing i def didnt like was the hardware that was on the drawers.  I totally forgot to take pics of what i did, but i removed the hardware and then put a small strip of thin wood down the center and then caulked the seems.  In the after pics you can see that it looks as of there was never hardware there – it gave it a nice seamless look.

Also – i chucked those nasty cabinet doors – wasnt feelin those!

I also had to take off the top and replace it with a new one.  The top was in bad shape and it was laminate.  So i put a new piece of wood on top with some simple trim around the edges to give it a finished look – again no before pic of that – sorry!

I also added some base molding around the bottom to update the dresser and make it look a little more substantial – again no “in progress work” of that either – man, im not doin good on pics here!!  And a piece of molding was added to the middle shelf.

Well, its a good thing it painted up all pretty because the before pics make it look pretty sad!

Here you can see where the hardware holes were covered – looks pretty good huh?!

I really liked the molding around all the drawers – it gave it a traditional feel

Here you can see a close up of the trim that was added around the base

I think this dresser came a long way from what it was!  It turned out pretty good if i say so myself!

The 411

Primer – because some of the pieces were laminate (the sides of the dresser) i used SW adhesion primer 1st and then a coat of SW multi purpose primer tinted dark brown

Paint – SW Gris

Glaze – Minwax stain in Ebony.  I put on straight stain and then wiped it off, for another glazing technique see this post

Clear coat – SW Wood Classics in a gloss finish

Hardware – Hobby Lobby

Distressing Technique – See this post (i used the cabinet scrapers on this one)


To see more dressers turned TV consoles, see

this post

this post


this post


15 Responses to {Before & After} – dresser turned TV console

  1. Double Take Decor July 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    That is THE most amazing transformation I have ever seen! Changing the hardware and removing the doors…BRILLIANT! You never cease to amaze!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} July 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      haha!! thanks!! :)

  2. Beth~ncmarinewife July 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    You TRULY are the “furniture’ whisperer”! The transformation that a piece of furniture goes through for you to make it look…just….WOW! Just curious, how long did it take for you to give this one a complete facelift? Thanks for sharing! Again, WOW!!! Beth

  3. Joni Holland July 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm #


  4. amanda@studio1404.com July 15, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Amazing!!! That color is HEAVENLY and I love how you showed us the deconstructed phase! You remade it beautifully!

  5. cassie July 16, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    looks awesome! i love the color!

  6. Heather H. July 16, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    wow, that is one impressive makeover. I can’t believe all the little tricks you used to change it up, the result is amazing!! I’m just blown over :)

  7. SailingSimply July 16, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    That is a beautiful transformation! OMG! I love it. I especially loved hearing about what you used to paint over laminate. I am writing that down. I’ve passed over so many pieces I’ve wanted to paint because they had a laminate wood finish. Thank you so much!

  8. Heather H. July 16, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    wow, that is one impressive makeover. I can’t believe all the little tricks you used to change it up, the result is amazing!! I’m just blown over :)

  9. Lori @ coloritsimple July 16, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    love love it….that is a stunning makeover

  10. mercy July 16, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    You had a vision and transformed this ugly duckling into a beauty. Just one word “WOW”.

  11. Deb Owen July 16, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    That is a whole new life for that dresser! Amazing transformation from top to bottom! I love all the attention to the details you show us. It makes me think more when I approach a piece of furniture to redo!

  12. Julie July 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Simply amazing! I would have passed this over in a heartbeat, but I may look twice from now on – you are so inspired!

    Thanks for sharing.

  13. Stephanie July 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    I am in love with this!! Is this for sale? I am feeling a road trip from Iowa!!!

  14. furniture oakland July 24, 2012 at 11:54 pm #


    Amazing love the color

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