Friday, October 18, 2013

Turn a Sideboard into a French Provincial TV Cabinet

How to turn an old sideboard into a French Provincial TV cabinet by Lilyfield Life

Finally I have finished this sideboard that I turned TV cabinet. I started it a few weeks ago but then went away. Well I came back from holidays all motivated and inspired to finish a load of furniture I had sitting in my carport. After a few days of the paint brush not leaving my hand, I'm almost there - you can now kind of drive the car into the carport. Happy husband - tick! 


Now the finished TV cabinet is sitting in my dining room (!!) waiting to be bought by some lovely person. Will it be you?
I have to say sometimes I hate painting furniture... Not really but I do need to sort out storage space for finished pieces so we aren't having to make our family life around them. (Are you bored by my complaints of lack of space, I am! I really need to stop fussing as compared to 99% of the world our house is fine! #firstworldproblem #lovetheinnerwest)


This cabinet was bright orange and was a funny little sideboard.  Not really tall enough and very dated looking. I got some strange looks when I bought it as in "why?" but I thought it would work so well as a tv cabinet.  Check out this post for the before shots and a video walk through of my plan.

I did a lot of work on this piece. But it was worth it. I replaced the back as it was thin ply that was not in the best condition. Before I replaced the back I painted the new back and the shelves ASCP duck egg blue for a nice pop of colour. 



I painted the base of the cabinet a lovely bright white, removing the hardware to keep it the original finish. I removed the drawers and drawer runners and made shelves for the video/foxtel equipment. I also stripped, sanded and stained the top. I used my favourite walnut stain and then top coated with a sealer then waxed the whole lot for a lovely shine and durability. The white paint has been ever so gently distressed to show up the details.



I think the shape of this piece is gorgeous, that carved base is lovely! and it's a great size for a television cabinet. 

This sort of makeover is such a great before and after because I think thatnthere's nothing more dramatic in furniture painting than painting dated orange pine timber a nice crisp white. Add in a newly stained timber top and it results in classic style!



I hope that everyone is safe from bushfires. I fear it's going to be a terrible fire season in Australia this summer. We need lots of rain!

Fiona x




9 comments:

  1. love it with the wood top and the shelf! looks perfect!

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  2. You did a terrific job on this piece hope it sells fast for you-love dee x

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    1. Thanks so much Dee, I’m thinking of renting some space for my pieces to get them out of the house. Would make life much easier.

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  3. Wow Fiona, it is unrecognisable as the same piece of furniture. You are magic with that paint brush. I hope it sells quickly for you, and you get your dining room back. Beth x

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    1. thanks so much Beth - i've got a few people enquiring already so I don't think it will last long in the dining room.

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  4. Beautiful work hun......

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  5. Really awesome work you have done. It's always great to give new life to old furniture. Paint is the great idea to makeover any old furniture piece. Thanks for share.

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