Makeover: Sad Dresser to Glam Media Stand
I love living in a character-filled century-old home in a designated heritage area. And, while I have strived to maintain the traditional architectural features of the home, I also love adding more contemporary elements including furnishings and accessories to create a meaningful mix of old and new. And, face it, our main living space usually includes such essentials as TVs and media equipment, especially if you have a living room like mine which is meant to be lived in and enjoyed every single day.
However…searching for an affordable, yet attractive stand for the mega (50”) TV in the living room is pretty darn frustrating, not to mention the shopping limitations of living in a small urban centre in Atlantic Canada.
Speaking of large TVs and not generalizing in the least, but we all know that a peaceful co-habitating partnership consists of lots of compromises. So… he puts up with my constant décor changes (including painting the same room over and over again) and I find a spot for the giant TV.
Does this mean we’re stuck with the generic TV stand available in all the big box stores? Not at all! And knowing that I love a good makeover, I set upon Google image for lots of great ideas and tutorials for re-purposing a dresser into a media stand.
I found this old solid wood dresser in a local thrift shop for $70. There were lots of dings and scrapes but it was very sturdy and had a certain glamor (hello, big gold handles). I turned the middle 3 drawers into shelves by adding cut-to-size (from our local Home Depot) ¼ inch pine boards into the openings. The drawers and sides were painted Benjamin Moore Simply White and the top and shelves Burnt Ember.
As an added bonus the drawers are the perfect size for DVDs. I especially love the original vertical brass handles which add some 60s glam to the piece.
- Due to dresser differences, It is hard to provide a generic tutorial for replacing the drawers for shelves but there are several online tutorials for anyone with basis carpentry skills. Since I have none, I paid a local handyman a few dollars to build in the shelves using L-brackets, which took a couple of hours at most.
- When shopping for your own dresser to convert, make sure you bring the measurements of your components and your measuring tape with you to make sure that all those boxes and things fit into the drawer openings of the dresser.