I am so pleased with this project that I want to show you how to makeover a tv console easily. We have so many things that we need right now like trees cut down and new gutters and roof repair at the lake. Anytime that I can manage to update an out-of-date piece in my home makes me so happy.
We had purchased this console about 7 or 8 years ago, and it is so dark in the room. I do not have a before picture of how dark it is but I did get this off a video on my phone of my dog playing.
When I want a new piece of furniture, I look at it and try to come up with ways to update the existing piece. I wanted a new tv console so I googled tv consoles and got an idea of what I like. My thoughts are to try to update using a weathered paint technique. So what if I mess up, it is worth a try before I throw it out and purchase a new one.
I cleaned the console well and taped off the windows.
Paint the console with two coats of primer. One thing that I have found that makes a painted piece look brand new is to lightly sand with a medium grit sanding block between coats. I very lightly sand after each coat of primer and each coat of paint. Always wipe the piece with a tack cloth or a damp cloth after sanding. If not, you will have dust in your paint
. Wait a few hours between coats so that the paint will cure and not come off when sanding it. I let the primer sit overnight and painted the piece with my paint color the next day.
Paint the console.
I used a tan color paint that I already had. I did not use chalk paint but you could. The paint turned out so smooth that it looks brand new. The sanding really makes a difference.
I used a dry brush technique to achieve this look. You can see how I did it here. Dry brushing is the easiest paint technique ever. I feel like you can’t mess it up. If you do, you can add some paint on top and try again after the paint dries. I dip the end of the brush in a light gray paint and wipe as much of the paint off the brush as I can. I lightly make small random brush strokes with my brush. See my detailed post here.
Painting this piece totally brightens up this corner of my room, and I honestly like this TV console as much as if I had purchased a new one. The best part about updated old furniture is the money that you save your family. This is how to update a TV console but you could use this easy technique on any piece of furniture you want.
Your console makeover looks amazing, Sherry! The light color really brightens up that corner of the room. I have not tried dry brushing yet, but now that I’ve seen how it looks on your furniture I think I’ll have to give it a try!
I love the lighter color and you did a fantastic paint job on it. It looks like a new piece of furniture!
Lynn Spencer says
Hey Sherry…it looks fantastic! I am so with you…I’d much rather make over something I already have than need to go looking for something new. And sanding much such a big difference in getting a smooth finish.
I know you are thrilled with it! Well done my friend.
Thank you for sharing the dry brush technique. I have some black furniture in my office that I desperately want to update. This might be the perfect way to transform those pieces. Thank you for sharing!
Toni | Small Home Soul says
This turned out great Sherry, and it sure did brighten up the corner. I love the paint finish you achieved by sanding it. Adding the doors was perfect!
It looks very good indeed! Such a difference. I’m planning on making a tv stand/console from used pallets and this dry brush technique will definitely come handy for the look I’m after. Thanks for sharing!
Kimberly Satterfield says
hi Sherry, beautiful job!! I had a question. Did you prime this piece first? A piece I am thinking of using this technique on is not real solid wood, has veneers on it.. so I am thinking that it will need a rough sand then primer.. if so what primer would you use? Thanks in advance. Kim