A Redo: Antique dresser turned TV stand

I wish I could find a picture of me with this dresser when I was a kid because this dresser was a part of my room for many years growing up. Eventually, I needed more space so I got a new dresser and this one went stashed away in the garage. This will give you an idea of how at such a young age I was project minded; I wanted to turn this dresser into my TV stand. I was like 10, folks. I begged and begged my parents to let me do this but what parent would let their 10 year old tackle a major project like that?

Then, I got married and moved out. The thought had always been in the back of my head to re-purpose this guy as a TV stand, but once we got into our house and my determination grew to make it “us,” I begged and begged my mom if I could have this dresser. Yup, I begged. After all, it was just sitting in the garage collecting dust and cobwebs. I wanted to give it a new life in a new home where it would be front and center as our TV stand.

My mom finally gave in, reminding me several times that “it’s over 100 years old…take good care of it.” Don’t worry mom. It’s in good hands.

Here you can see that it was pretty scratched up.

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I love the old lock.

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Furniture doesn’t stand a chance in a kid’s room. The broken drawer got really old really quick.

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See that? That’s veneer. 100+ year old veneer.

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I wanted to take the veneer off in order to get to the glorious, beautiful wood I imagined was hiding under there. So I began chipping away. After all, it was already chipping. I read up on how to remove veneer and several websites made it seem so easy. They say all you have to do is use steam to loosen up the glue and once the glue is loose, the veneer will pop right off. NOT. TRUE. It took me a week to get the veneer off and even then, I did quite a butcher job. I had to seal over a dozen holes with wood filler. Once I got started and couldn’t stop I realized that I never really needed to take the veneer off since I was painting it white. It wouldn’t have mattered. If I would have known going into this project how hard it would be to strip veneer, I never would have taken it off. I will never do it again. But…ya live ya learn, huh?

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Lots of character and age…that’s what I’m all about.

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It has the cutest wooden wheels.

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There’s that pesky drawer. It was time to say “adios.” I kept the front piece of wood with the key hole in case I ever decide to go back and put it back in.

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There I am sanding my little heart out late into the night. Well, not too late. Didn’t want to bother the neighbors.

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Time for the primer. Notice the chunks of wood filler on the right?

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Primed and ready for its closeup.

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Tada! Finished product!

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Never mind the cables in the back.

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I kept the top drawers and painted the key hole white along with everything else.

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I drooled over these knobs for weeks until I finally got them for Christmas.

They are from Anthropologie: Aleksey and Alexandra.

I want these in my kitchen but they’re $8 each. But, I love them so much that part of me really wants to splurge on them.

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Still shows character and age. That’s what I’m all about.

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I love the little chips and nuances. Some of those probably came from when I was a kid.

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There you have it. I love that it was a part of me for so long as a kid and now it’s a part of mine and Aaron’s family. For me, that’s what creating a home is all about…little pieces of you and your family, scattered everywhere to remind you that your life is precious.

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PS. If you missed it yesterday, my goal this week is to post something every day, Mon-Friday this week. I’ve got some more great posts coming up so keep coming back!

  • Helen - How is it that no one commented on this??? You did such a good job and I love it! ReplyCancel

  • terioqueenbvintage - Wow! I love what you did!! I was googling for inspiration and came across your post. I have almost an identical piece and I'm fretting over painting it. I stripped the top but the rest has even a nightmare. Love the white! It's so clean and simple. I think im going to keep the top natural wood and paint the body white! Thanks for the inspiration!! http://queenbvintagestudios.com/2013/11/15/amazinReplyCancel

  • Sharon - I love this! I have an old dresser, a bit bigger so I am worried if it will fit. I have wanted to turn it into an entertainment center as well! When I finally do it, I will post here! Thanks!ReplyCancel

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