After we got our new living room carpet, Big Jon agreed that the old media console was just too big and heavy for the room. (really he just didn’t want it to make enormous indentations in the new carpet :)) Whatever his reasoning, I did not argue. The huge outdated console was a thorn in my side anyway.
Of course if this had to go, that meant the ginormous tube TV that was inside it also had to go. Awwwwww, so disappointing…. This entire escapade sent me on a quest to revamp the wall with a new flat screen and create some type of piece for under the TV. What a conundrum it created!
I searched and searched and even brought home a dress that I thought might work, but it was actually way too big.That’s for another post tho as I will find a use for it, of course.
After a while of searching, I found the perfect piece. An old dresser that I had rescued many years ago and that was just collecting dust in my son’s room. Certainly he couldn’t be using it, as all his clothes seem to be on the floor!
Once again, I forgot to take a good before picture! But you can see that this is a really solid 6 drawer dresser that I had previously painted the a stoney grey color. The dark color was definitely not going to work in my bright new living room so I went out on a limb and painted it………………..
I wanted to use a chalk paint, but didn’t want to pay the price for it so I mixed my own. All you do is mix some plaster of paris with water really well and then add your paint to it. It gets really thick, so you need to keep stirring and mixing it as you go but it does work well. I found the recipe here. I think I used too much plaster of paris as it was very thick! Next time I’ll cut back.
After the paint dried, I distressed the body and the drawers. This worked great since the dresser already had that dark stone color under the white. I love how it turned out!
As you may have noticed, this is a 6 drawer dresser. I wanted to convert it to a media console with a centered cubby for my DVR etc. and 2 smaller cabinets to each side. Time to get out the tools! Yeah! I cut some plywood for the base and the dividers and installed them.
I then took the 2 top drawers to a cabinet-maker that I know. He made all of my new kitchen cabinets and another for the entry mud room. I knew I wanted to use the drawers to create the cabinet doors, but I had no idea how to make that happen. Well fortunately, he did! He showed me the types of hinges to purchase so the doors could open and I installed the doors – yeah me!
Now comes the funny part. After the doors were installed and the painting finished, I needed to open the drawers so I could add the cute new drawer pulls. I could not pull the center drawers open to save my life! I pulled and pulled and put my feed against the dresser and pulled some more. I even had my bruiser Favorite Baby give it a try, but to know avail. I called in the cavalry – Favorite 3rd Son and his friend. As I was explaining to them that I couldn’t open the drawers and it was as if I had nailed them shut – well you see where this is going now don’t you? Favorite 3rd Son’s friends says, “Yes you did. I can see the nails from here.” Duh… Yup I had used the nail gun to put the trim on the upper cubby and nailed the drawers shut!
Thus, Favorite 3rd son helped me saw through the nails so the drawers could open once again. He then helped me to file down the sharp spikes left behind. Gotta love the Dremel for that job!
After that adventure, I added the cute new knobs and Voila!!!