I’m so excited to share how to turn a dresser to tv stand for your farmhouse style living room. (We removed some of the drawers and made them into shelves for the electronics!) Then I’ll show how to give your painted furniture an antiqued finish with furniture glaze that also deepens the color for a unique painted finish. We also refinished the top in a fresh wood finish!
Get more furniture makeover ideas here!
This is what it looked like when we brought the dresser home from a local estate sale.
When we found it, it was worn out, scratched all over and dinged up furniture that you can find on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, yard sales etc.
I love to flip furniture and make it new again by painting it and sometimes even recreating what its purpose is. This time it was a dresser that I was turning into a tv stand and painting navy blue.
Inside of the middle cabinet were 3 drawers that were about to have a different purpose.
I wanted to turn the dresser into a TV stand and needed a place to put the electronics that always go with a TV. This was the perfect place to make shelves.
When needed you could close the door to hide the cords and cable boxes. But they would be easy to get to.
Supplies Used for Turning a Dresser into a TV Stand
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- Old Dresser
- Thin Plywood
- Wood Glue / Brad Nail Gun and Brad Nails
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Large Drill Bit
- Inked Behr Paint turned into chalk paint
- Paint Sprayer
- Black Glaze
- Baby Wipes
- Dark Walnut Stain
- Water-Based Poly
How to Turn a Dresser into a TV Stand
We removed 2 of the drawers and their tracks (the wooden things in the middle that help the drawers open and close properly.
I also drilled holes into the back of each of the shelves with a large drill bit. This just makes it easy for the cords to go back behind the tv stand.
Remove Old Finish and Stain Top
First, we stripped the old finish off of the top so I could restain it with a nice deep stain. Stripping a flat surface like this is super easy!
Plus, if it’s made with a wood veneer, it’s easy to sand straight through the thin veneer and into the wood underneath. If that happens, the wood underneath usually takes the stain differently and makes the finish spotty.
Then I stained the top in dark walnut, let it dry completely, and then taped it off so the blue paint couldn’t get onto it.
Paint TV Stand Navy Blue
*Update: We have since used many other paint sprayers and have put together a list of the best HVLP paint sprayers for furniture here!
I made the Behr Paint into homemade chalk paint using this recipe.
Our Wagner paint sprayer made the painting go super quick, and it left us with a brush-free finish! Something my customers and I love!
After painting the new tv stand in navy blue, I took off the plastic on top and distressed the edges and some of the blue paint with sandpaper. Here are more distressing furniture techniques.
To seal the chalk paint I used my very favorite water-based polyurethane that gives it a durable long-lasting satin finish.
I take my furniture outside in the yard with plastic and 5-gallon buckets underneath.
The overspray stays on the plastic and the buckets help make it taller so I don’t have to bend over while painting as much. Learn more about how to prevent overspray when painting furniture here!
Then I put the door and hardware back on and thought I was done.
Now here’s the twist. You’ll see that the last image looks like it’s a different piece almost! I promise, it’s the same piece. But here’s what happened.
My customer contacted me after seeing the navy blue tv stand on Etsy (the one above). She loved it, but was worried that it would be too bright for her home.
After messaging back and forth, we came up with a way to create a deeper, darker finish without having to repaint the whole thing with a darker color.
Glaze Painted TV Stand
This was such a better alternative to repainting the piece completely over, which would have been almost like starting from the beginning.
With the glaze we were able to create a deeper finish in less time, and create a unique finish at the same time. Check out my comparison between glaze vs wax over chalk paint to learn more.
Furniture Glaze Tips
- It’s always best to have a coat of poly on your paint before glazing so the glaze doesn’t soak into the chalk paint, making it impossible to work with.
- Let your painted finish start to cure for at least 24 hours before beginning to glaze.
- Then brush the glaze into the details of the dresser with a cheap chip brush.
- Work in small sections, and work quickly.
- Wipe off the excess glaze with wet baby wipes, making sure to wipe in the same direction every time.
- Let the glaze dry. If you want it darker, go back with another coat of glaze.
- Seal the glaze with water-based poly for the best protection.
(Learn more about how to glaze over chalk paint with this tall blue painted dresser.)
To finish it off, I kept the original hardware on this tv stand, but painted it to look like rubbed bronze.
A short while later we shipped our customers new tv stand to her, completely across the country. It arrived safely and she LOVED it!! Yay!!
Check out how to ship furniture across the country here.
Also, here’s how to offer free shipping and still make money.
So if you’re looking for a TV stand to put in your living room, check out your local listings or thrift stores to see if there is a dresser that you can makeover!
Which way do you prefer the navy blue tv stand?? With or without the black glaze?
More Before And After Makeovers
Click any of these “before” photos below to view the “after” of that makeover.
- Remove 2 drawers and their tracks then add thin plywood to the bottom and sides of each cubby to make space for electronics.
- Remove the old finish off the dresser top.
- Stain the top, let it dry completely, then tape it off to prevent it from getting painted.
- Mix paint with some calcium carbonate powder and water to make homemade chalk paint.
- Paint a few coats of chalk paint onto the bottom of the dresser.
- Lightly distress the edges and some of the paint with sandpaper.
- Seal the chalk paint with some waterbased poly for a durable long-lasting satin finish.
- Brush some glaze into the details of the dresser with a cheap chip brush, then wipe off the excess with baby wipes. Seal the glaze with some more waterbased poly.
- Attach hardware and enjoy your new TV stand!
More Navy Blue Furniture Makeovers
- Navy Dresser with Textured Drawers
- Navy Painted Furniture
- Painting Furniture Navy Blue
- Antique Desk Makeover
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