Garage sale Dresser turned TV stand

I hate to admit that this beauty has been sitting in my garage pretty much 
all summer. By looking at it your probably thinking I should have left in  
 the garage. Really, I had big plans for this dresser and for only $10 from a  
 garage sale I couldn't pass it up.  

Not so pretty, but it has potential and it's solid. 

See what I mean, from drab to FAB

My love affair with Annie Sloan continues, ahhhh...Since my first Annie Sloan project here I've
realized I never, ever want to sand, prime, and sand again on any piece of furniture. I wanted to
go with a bolder color and expand my horizon a bit. I went with Provence, a beautiful blue green
color. It reminds me of the sea. When I opened the can I did have second thoughts, but I pressed 
on and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. 

Along with using a bolder color I decided to try Annie Sloan's Dark wax and 
let me tell you how scared I was. I think I watched every YouTube video out 
there and I even called my friend Cindy at Second Betty's. She's an expert with 
Annie Sloan paint and has used everything. Here's what I did:
After two coats of paint you first need to apply  
a thin layer of Annie Sloan Clear wax. After the clear coat dries you can apply the
Dark wax sparingly. WARNING it goes on dark, but you buff off the wax to the desired
shade you are looking for. Another quick tip about the wax, if you get too much 
Dark wax on your furniture then use the Clear wax to buff it out and lighten it up.
 I had to do it several times. On the edges I used sand paper to get the distressed 
look I was wanting to achieve. I love the distressed look, especially when you can
do it yourself.

I busted out the top two drawers, but kept the bottoms of the drawers. 
I fit those back in the dresser for extra support to hold the DVD player, 
receiver, and baskets for all the remotes and Wii games. The bottom 
drawer is used to hide all of our junk. I replaced the existing hardware
with new hardware from Target. 

Here's the breakdown on this easy DIY project and how much it cost me:

Garage sale dresser:  $10
Hardware: $6 (multi-pack, some left over)
Annie Sloan Provence Paint: $35 (used 1/4 of the can)
Annie Sloan Dark Wax: $25 
Annie Sloan Clear Wax: $0 (already had on hand)
Cheesecloth: (already had on hand)
Baskets from Michael's: $10
Total: $86

I realize Annie Sloan paint can be expensive, but please keep in mind the paint goes a long way. 




  1. it looks awesome, andrea! it makes the perfect tv stand and i LOVE the new color!

  2. Andrea you did a fabulous job on this piece! LOVE the color!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  3. Looks great Andrea! Nice job. I love the look of dressers as tv stands. What a find. =)

    ~ Catie

  4. It's beautiful!!! I love the color on it and the way you added the wax, thanks for the tip on using the light wax first! You did a wonderful job and I love ASCP too!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Hi :) This is beautiful! Is the top of the dresser wood laminate?...And if so, did the chalk paint stay on it or did you have to sand that part first since it was shiny? Just wondering since I have a similar dresser I want to redo! :) I tried just painting straight on the laminate once (tho not chalk paint) and even after polyurethaning, it was easy to scratch the paint right off.


  6. You did a beautiful job. I still have not tried chalk paint.But with makeovers like this I am so going to.

  7. Hi Andrea! I love your dresser turned TV stand. The color is great! Thanks for all the tips on using chalk paint. I've never used it before but might have to try it now. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

    Lori : )

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  9. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Love the colour and that is a great makeover! I love rehabbing furniture because it would be difficult to find a solid piece like that in a store for $86 and such a great colour too.

  11. I love this idea! So much more affordable that one in the store, and more personalised too. We are hoping to move into our new house in January 2015 so that gives me plenty of time to do this makeover! Thanks for sharing.

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