Dresser Turned TV Stand

So remember back in March when I dragged Brad into a not-so-nice neighborhood to buy a $50 dresser from a delightful man on house arrest?  You don’t?  Here’s a refresher.  Remember how I said that “I have big plans for this beauty.  Big plans”?  Well, today is your lucky day, friends.
I give you:  Craigslist dresser turned custom TV stand.

Isn’t my model adorable?  He’s available for bookings.  But please note that the only payment he accepts is treats.

The original dresser was kind of pretty, but it needed way too much work.  Painting over all the imperfections was the easiest way to go.

It fits our 47 inch TV and all of Brad’s our electronics perfectly.  And there’s plenty of storage for DVDs, video games, and video game accessories in the drawers.  I flanked the TV with the peony topiaries I made for our wedding.

Now, let me show you what we were working with before.

Yeah.  College called and it wants its TV stand back.  We’ve been out of college for five years (holy smokes, we’re officially old), so an upgrade was much needed.

I kept the original hardware for four of the drawers.  I spruced them up a bit with some spray paint.

I used hardware I had laying around (purchased from the Hobby Lobby clearance section) on the other two drawers.

After priming it with two coats of Zinsser (with Penetrol), I painted it with Valspar ultra white latex paint conditioned with Floetrel.  I used leftover grey paint from my sewing machine cabinet makeover for the detail on the drawers.

I’ll show you how I made the electronics shelf (and how I transformed the entire piece) on Wednesday.  I’m such a tease.  
I lined the dovetailed drawers with shelf liner I found at Marshalls.  I paid $6 for two rolls, and I have a roll and a half left.  Hmm, I wonder what other shelves and drawers can I line in our house…
In case you’re wondering, here’s the breakdown of how much dough I sunk into this beauty.
Dresser: $50
Wood for electronics shelf: $16
Primer: $10 (I have 1/2 gallon left)
Shelf liner: $3 (I have a bunch leftover)
Hardware: $4
Paint: $0 (already had it)
Spray paint: $0 (already had it)
Grey detail paint: $0 (already had it)
TOTAL: $83
We listed the old TV stand on Craigslist, so we’re hoping to recoup some money when we sell it.  But I don’t think about $80 is too bad for a custom TV stand.

Make your own dresser TV stand!
Want all the details on how I transformed this beast into the beauty it is now?  Click here!
Stalk away!



  1. That is some seriously impressive DIY!! I’m about to acquire my first DIY dresser – redone by my BFF. It is soo gorgeous.

  2. gah!!! I love your revamp. We are about to do the same thing (the furniture revamp part) because we have a very unattractive TV stand as well! You did an amazing job!

  3. thats so awesome!!! I will have to look for something like that

  4. looks great!
    Love the blue shelf liners, too :)

    Taking the drawers out for the electronics definitely makes it look less like a dresser, too.

  5. I LOVE it! It is absolutely gorgeous! Good job!

  6. Maybe do a post on Craigslist shopping like you did with the Goodwill Outlet? Still wishing I’d brought gloves to that one…

  7. Great makeover! I love the gray and white combo, and your sewing cab makeover was pretty snazzy too!

  8. That looks awesome!! What did you use to get into the little crevices to paint gray?

  9. It looks great!!! Excellent job. ;)

  10. I love the transformation!! I am constantly trying to get the hubby to go on Craigslist adventures around town…. but no dice :(

  11. I am obsessed with this!! It is way too cute!

  12. I love everything about this. But let me get this straight: your husband let you drag him to a sketchtastic neighborhood AND then let you put pinkish knobs on your purchase AND pink topiaries next to the TV? How did you accomplish this? Did you threaten to take him back to the ghetto? My husband lets me do what I want with our house, but there is a pretty firm NO PINK rule, which includes off-shoots of pink (it’s all pink to a man) such as coral and peach. There is also a firm NO DECORATIONS NEXT TO THE TV rule. Boys. :)

  13. This looks AMAZING! So loving this, especially the lil knobs and detail around the drawers, just perfect! Awesome Craigslist find! Cheers!

  14. Amazing transformation! Those topiaries look familiar…are they wedding decorations? Or am I off my rocker? I love how they tie in with the knobs on the middle drawers.

    I also love the blue drawer liner. I need to get me some of that.

  15. What a great idea! It looks great!! I am impressed!!

  16. This looks totally gorgeous!

    Well done you.


  17. Gorgeous! I love that you kept the original hardware :) I’m in the middle of a dresser turned entertainment center remodel right now and I can’t wait until it’s over! Who knew that it would take 5 coats of paint?!

  18. I love it!!!!! Love it!

  19. Beautiful job

  20. Holy DIY Batman! You did an AMAZING job with that dresser! And I love the XBox in the middle above the smaller drawers. You rock!

  21. Looks great, Chelsea! Love the knobs you added:)

  22. Holy Wow – Chelsea! Looks fantastically amazing. I’m going to show the Mr. this after shot so he will get on board with this idea! Adore!

  23. Ugh, I love this so much it hurts. Makes me want to get rid of my actual media center for something with this much character!

  24. Wow Chelsea! Great job, make me one please!

  25. I kind of liked the old get up better. Just saying…

  26. totally fabulous! Great job!

  27. WOW! seriously, that is gorgeous. I can’t decide what I like better, the mixing of hardwares, which looks amazing, or the detail painted grey! How did you do that, by the way? a teeny tiny brush? I dont know how you got it so perfect!

  28. It is beautiful! Love the color combo, the knobs, wonderful before and after! Pinning, FB sharing, loving it!

  29. Stunning! Amazing transformation!!!

  30. You did an amazing job!

  31. LOVE IT! We use a coffee table as our TV stand. I desperately want something else but don’t want to pay for anything. I would love to do something like this!

  32. Hey girl! Looks awesome. I’ve actually wanted to do this in my own house, real furniture is too expensive!

    Great job :-)

  33. Looks fabulous, Chelsea! Woot!! Shared via G+

  34. What a beautiful transformation! I love the color. And I’m anxious to read how you made the electronics shelf because that is what I will be doing this weekend.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  35. VERY impressed! This is absolutely lovely!

  36. Seriously… If I saw a dresser like that too, I would totally drag the hubby into the ghetto and snag that beauty! That seriously turned out amazingly!!! I need one ASAP! I’m off to scour Craigslist!

  37. I was just talking to my husband about trying to find a dresser to turn into a TV stand. Our baby keeps getting into the one we have, so we need something a little higher and baby proof. Your blog it too cute. Saw your about me…I’m from Kentucky and a Sigma Kappa. I don’t know if we can be friends ;) Anywho I’m your newest follower and I would love it if you checked out my blog:


  38. Wow it does not look like the same piece of furniture! It’s beautiful; great job!!

  39. I have been looking for something like this for my boys’ room, but I haven’t tried Craigslist yet. I hadn’t thought of taking out the top drawers like that! Perfect! I love the topiaries, too.

  40. This turned out awesome! And what a great story…the whole ghetto thing. We recently turned a dresser into TV stand, but it orginally came from my husband’s Grandmother, so it is a little more sentimental. One day I will actually take pictures of said TV stand and blog about it. One day.

  41. This is beautiful! I love it! I’ve been working on repainting old furniture and I am admiring how smooth this paint job looks! I’m having difficulty getting a smooth finish without sanding for 2 hours between coats!

  42. It looks so nice, I especially love the way you accented the lines with gray paint!

  43. It looks beautiful. I love the floral arrangements. So pretty. The knobs on the dresser are perfect. :)

  44. thank you for such lovely inspiration! found you at MMS’s link party, always a favorite!

    hope you can swing by:

    smiles to you.


  45. Wow! So awesome! The dog is pretty cute too ;)

    Newest follower from The Shabby Nest. Love for you to stop by Naptime Review and return the follow ;) I would also love to swap buttons if you are interested…

  46. Totally Awesome! I have been looking for a dresser that would work in our living room. I love seeing how you did yours, and the cost.


  47. Wow! Such an amazing makeover! We had a TV stand that was very similar to your original and right now we’re using only a slightly classier Ikea alternative. My husband refuses to accompany me on used furniture pick ups, but I did bring my Dad with me when I had to go to a really skeezy area! It was totally worth it.

    Visiting from Liz Marie’s new link party :)

  48. Wow, so pretty! and what a creative idea to use a dresser as a tv stand!
    Thanks so much for linking up. Please grab a button or link back, and make sure to keep checking our FB page for updates on weekly winners. :)

  49. This is beautiful! It’s so much prettier than most of the furniture intended for the TV. I love how you used something old and made it awesome.

    I would love it if you would share this at my new Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:


    Have a great day!

  50. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  51. this looks great, i especially like the gray details. you cracked me up with “college called” b/c that truly was a college piece, or else total bachelor. i will one day get the nerve to paint a realy piece of furniture, but until then, i like to look at people who are braver than i.

  52. this is genius! i love it! now, i’ll be on the hunt for the perfect dresser to transform!

  53. This is so pretty! I love the transformation. Honestly, I don’t think you could ever tell that it used to be a dresser either!
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  54. It is beautiful!!! I tried that with my husband’s grandmother’s dresser, but it wasn’t working – now we have an ikea TV stand! Wish I would have stuck it out – looks awesome!

  55. Beautiful! I love it! Amazing job. I love the grey detailing and pretty champagne colour knows. I also love the ‘feet’ on this piece.

    And yes, I recently did something similar. My husband was at work so my dad got the honours of claiming the stanky dresser with me. Now it is bright yellow and the proud home of my shoes! Blogged about here if you want to take a peek.

  56. This looks fabulous!! I’ve been wanting to do something like this for our TV and now I’ll have a picture to show my hubby.

  57. Looks awesome! Great and clever idea!

  58. I love me a good dresser turned tv stand. Maybe that’s becuase our tv stand was a dresser before as well. You did an awesome job! Very impressive! We are having a party and would love to have you link up!

  59. This looks fantastic! Once I saw your old TV stand, I had to comment. We had one similar to that, and the hubs just didnt see anything wrong with it. I mean, yes it was functional, but I was ready to move on to something a little more grown up, lol. Great job!!

  60. This is Gorge!!!!!! SPEECHLESS!!!!

  61. this piece is gorgeous! love the lines, and love the hardware! beautiful work!

  62. Nice job on your dresser turned media cabinet and what a difference, it’s gorgeous! I have this linked to my media cabinets post too today, for inspiration!

  63. Haha, I really enjoyed reading about your “crack house dresser turned pretty TV stand.” and it’s gorgeous!!

  64. Great transformation! I kind of liked the finish on the original piece but agree that it would have been too much work. Oh, how I love the power of paint and the use of power tools to help transform the worn into a materpiece! This is my first visit. Love your fun and casual conversational writing and your photos are gorgeous! Hmmm……..I think this is definitely magazine worthy so I don’t think my project has much of a chance with all the amazing talent out her in blog land but a girl can hope and dream!

  65. Stopping by from the East Coast Creative Contest, even though I already follow your blog. Spray paint works wonders! Love the dresser, love the topiaries, and love your model :)

  66. My fiancee and I are thinking about doing this after seeing how well yours turned out. When you spray painted it before adding the primer, what did you use? And did you spray paint the whole thing? Thanks!

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  71. I am loving this project!! You really did an amazing job! I am a lover of the snazzy diy projects. You have inspired me. :) Keep making beautiful things!

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