Thursday, August 22, 2013

Turning a Dresser into an Entertainment Unit

(Sorry this post took so long to get up... Pregnancy + 100 degree days + feeling like a beluga whale = lack of motivation)

So as we all remember from my last post here about getting "something" for the living room to hold our cable box, dvd player, stereo, etc., we settled on this guy off craigslist:
P.S- I don't know if you guys saw the update on this post, but his "dresser twin" was posted 2 days after I bought this guy for $100 more than I paid for mine!  Check it out at the bottom of the post here.
 Did I hate the color?  Yes.
Where the knobs atrocious? Yes.
Where the cute little feet adorable and the curves fantastic? Umm hmm.... yes, m'am.

Since I went to see it before Chris could help me move it, I put a deposit down and grabbed a middle drawer for insurance (Craigslist tip: if you can't pick up something right away, don't be afraid to leave a deposit to show them you are serious about buying the piece.  BUT make sure you either get them to sign a receipt or take a piece of the item with you (i.e- drawer, cushion, etc) so they can't resell it once you leave)
After it sat in the garage for a couple days (again, hot and pregnant = me not wanting to leave the couch, much less sit outside and paint), but when the weather cooled down a bit, I finally mustered up the motatvation to go and get it done.

Lately, I have been freakishly in love with Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  Not only is it SUPER easy (no sanding, no priming, just paint and go) but it comes in great colors too (as seen here).  I decided on their "French Linen" color and "Arles" as a yellow pop of accent color.
French Linen
I knew I wanted it to be primarily French Linen so it would go more with the flow/coloring of the room, but I thought the aggressiveness of the Arles might give it a bit of a kick... maybe inside the drawers?

After picking out my colors, I was off to get some new knobs at Hobby Lobby.  They were having a 50% off all knobs/hardware (aren't they always) so I had quite a selection to choose from:
Option 1:  A little dark, but still pretty and ornate.
 Option 2: Loved the face plate but with curved drawers I wasnt sure they would sit flush.
 Option 3:  Festive!... just maybe a little "much"...
 Option 4: great texture, maybe not "enough" pazaz...
 Option 5: WINNER!  Almost the exact same color as the Arles and I loved how it was sort of shabby-chic looking.  Plus, Ive been dying to bring some yellow into that room and a soft punch of these knobs would be perfect...
 I grabbed the last 4 and for $1.99 after a 50% discount, they were mine!

When I finally got home, I officially started my project. I removed the drawers and gave the entire thing two coats of French Linen...
 After everything was set and dry, we ran into a little snafu with the knobs... they weren't long enough to get all the way through the curved, solid-wood drawers... Chris's solution?  Power tools (isnt it always?) and drilled out some of the inner drawer so we could properly get a washer and nut to screw in.
Once we finally got the knobs on, I brought the drawers inside and decided I TOTALLY love them against the grey.  (I also did a clear/dark Annie Sloan wax on top of my paint and am SOOO sorry I dont have pictures... it just darked up the color a tad which is all.  I promise to be better with pictures on my next project...blame preggo-brain)
 While Chris already had the power tools out, he also went ahead and cut holes in the back of the unit for cords, wires, and what not.
My sexy head-light wearing, cut-off-tshirt hubby,.. we keep it classy
 Since there was a slider from the previous drawer, Chris took it out and replaced it with a piece of thin plyboard so everything would sit even on the new "shelf".  He then caulked it into place and I went to work painting the inside Arles yellow.
This was just the first coat... Im normally not this sloppy, I promise
 I love how it just "barely" peaks out from the unit...
Can you tell by this picture how late it is?  Bc its around midnight but I refuse to go to bed with a project half finished
Once it all dried, I was PSYCHED to get it in and set up... that was until we discovered we couldnt get our stereo, dvd player, and satellite box to all fit due to the angel of the front opening ("UGH what has this all been for?!!")

All I knew is that I did NOT want big ugly boxes sitting on top of my gorgeous new painted dresser/entertainment unit, so after starring at it for 10 minutes, tired, and near tears, I took a look again at the back of the dresser... and saw screws!!! WE COULD TAKE OFF THE BACK!.. and thats what we did.
 HA-HA!! SUCK IT ugly boxes... YOU FIT!!
 Oh, and don't the drawers look awesome-sauce?  Because they do... and I freakin LOVE the knobs.

Once we could finally step back, I was in love. (Cue the sappy harps and violins)
 It was EXACTLY what I wanted.
 Complimented the space perfectly, the curves are a fantastic contrast to the boxy fireplace, the grey is a good, soft color and the pop of yellow keeps it from disappearing into the walls (of which are blue, but you can't really tell).

And the ugly boxes?  Tucked away ever so wonderfully.
 I know I still need to decorate the top, maybe with some flowers or books, but for right now, Im loving it just as is
 Doesnt it make the room look so much more put together?
Here's a before and after of the room when all the stuff was just on the floor.
And here's the before and after of the actual unit...
Not to shabby for $120, a thing of paint, new knobs, and some elbow grease!

What do you guys think?  Have you ever tried something like this before?  I would love your thoughts and feedback!!



  1. This looks amazing! I like how you don't have the tv on it too, so the boxes seem even more inconspicuous.

  2. Great job! Question--is it ever cold enough to even use the fire place? :)

  3. It looks absolutely fabulous!! Love the colors and the knobs!!

  4. Once again, I am totally enamored with your work! Not in a million years would I have chosen that piece, but it looks awesome!

  5. It looks beautiful. I love ideas like this, but one question...where are the cords?

  6. Love it! I'm a big fan of the gray-yellow combo. Looks great!

  7. I live in Arlington, and of course it gets cold enough for a fireplace! 3 months of the year we use one........This is north central Texas..not south Texas.
    I love your finished project!

  8. ok, you havent posted in awhile...I am hoping you had the baby and all is well! thinking of your family and can't wait to see what is next!!!

  9. I love the Annie Sloan colors you chose and it looks amazing on the shape of this dresser!

  10. Samm?!! Where are you?
    Is everything alright?


  11. What a great job on that cabinet, it's beautiful! We don't have a Hobby Lobby here - sigh - I would love to shop for knobs like those too! I liked the ones you picked out!


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