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I turned a scuffed up old IKEA TV stand…

into a fabulous dining room display/storage cabinet using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and adding cute feet.  And it was so easy!

We bought this cabinet about 4 years ago in the black/brown finish (they didn’t have white at the time).

IKEA Besta Entertainment center unit Before Makeover to Dining room display case/storage unit with chalk paint.

This is what it looked like brand new. We bought the glass doors but never used them.

 

I don’t like dark colors so the first thing I did was paint it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old Ochre which was fine for the house we lived in at the time (and it was 4 years ago, styles take time to develop).  🙂

This cabinet moved to Washington and BACK to Az with us and was in serious need of a makeover.

We’ve been using it as a TV stand but after mounting the TV to the wall it was no longer necessary in that space (and I found a fabulous old Philco cabinet which works perfectly in that space…blog post to come)  🙂

BEFORE-IKEA Besta TV stand painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint layered in 2 colors and feet added to the bottom.

IKEA Besta TV Stand- and yes those are my grand-kids sitting in my dogs beds. It’s how we roll! 🙂

 

BEFORE-IKEA Besta TV stand painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint layered in 2 colors and feet added to the bottom.

TV Mounted to Wall…Batman approves. 😉

From the day we moved into this house…

I have wanted to do something that would separate the dining room from the family room (they are basically one big room and I prefer a little more separation which, In my opinion, gives each space a more cozy feel).

We have a sectional, half is against the wall in the family room and the other half backs up to the dining room.

One night while watching tv…

I thought that perhaps I could paint that old IKEA furniture cabinet, put feet on it, and sit it behind the sofa as a display/storage cabinet.  I measured the cabinet and the sofa and realized it would be a perfect fit and would also help deter grand-kids….and dogs…from jumping over the back of the couch. We moved it into the space and I immediately saw my idea coming together.

Old IKEA furniture Besta TV Stand Hack-BEFORE painting with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in French LInen and Old White.

Desperately Seeking Makeover!

 

First I wiped the entire cabinet down with my Norwex Enviro Cloth which gets off all the grease and grime without using any chemicals, Water Only!

Then for the fun part,

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen applied as a base coat.  I know what you’re thinking…”What? You’re not painting it white!?!?”.  Not this time…and the reason is that I intend to display white dishes on it…and it needs to blend from the dining room into the living room so I decided on a gray base (to match the sofa) with white highlights (to match the dining room). Make sense?  Anyhow, I put two coats of Annie Sloan French Linen on to make sure the Old Ochre was completely covered.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and layered with Old White then topped with Annie Sloan clear wax. Dining Room Display case makeover.

Working on the French Linen base coats

 

I couldn’t wait to see how it looked with feet.

I picked up these curvy little cuties at Lowe’s and Dee attached them to the bottom of the cabinet in minutes.  He’s so handy like that.  🙂

Wood Feet from Lowes for IKEA Besta TV Stand Hack

These Wood Feet from Lowes are the perfect height and shape!

 

 

Next, I mixed Old White with water (about 50/50) to make a wash and, using a brush, lightly applied it in individual strokes.

Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint in 50/50 wash over French Linen to give a weathered look.

Brush Stokes applied with a 50/50 wash of Annie Sloan Old White.

 

I just put the strokes wherever I thought was needed until I liked the way it looked.  I liked what was happening but it still wasn’t blended enough for me.  So…I grabbed a sanding sponge and small bucket of water and got to work.  Wet the sponge, wring it out and then lightly sand the surface just enough to blend the paint colors. I’m beginning to love the look!  Definitely gives it a weathered vibe…some may call it Beachy!

Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint in 50/50 wash over French Linen to give a weathered look. Then Blended with wet sanding sponge

Working on the Blending Process

The above photo was taken during the blending process and unfortunately I didn’t get a close up of it when I was finished with this step.  (Note to self: Take more pictures)

After it was all painted…

and the 2 layers of paint were blended, I then waxed the entire cabinet with Annie Sloan Clear wax.  Considering the fact that this particular piece doesn’t have a lot of small detail…waxing wasn’t difficult at all.  Just a bit time consuming, but necessary since I know that the top of it especially will get glasses and things set on it.  Wax really helps it to hold up to traffic and it’s fairly easy to add another layer of wax in a year or so, if it needs it.

At this point the cabinet was looking pretty awesome…

but something was still missing.  I wanted it to be a bit richer in color, I know, weird, because I DO LOVE WHITE, but this piece needed to coordinate with the sofa since it was going to live right next to it.  So, I applied Valspar Antiquing Glaze in Asphaltum over the entire piece, a section at a time, wiping it off as I went.  That was the missing piece.  I loved how it turned out and am so glad I took the time to do all the steps.

Antiquing glaze applied over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and layered with Old White then topped with Annie Sloan clear wax. Dining Room Display case makeover.

Antiquing glaze in progress

 

IKEA Hack -Besta TV Stand painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and layered with Old White then topped with Annie Sloan clear wax and Valspar Antiquing Glaze. Dining Room Display case makeover.

What a difference! Time to style it!

 

My dining room feels complete now

and I’m so happy about that.  The table, hutch, bar stools and display cabinet all work together to give this space a light, bright and cozy feeling.

If you’ve stuck with me through this final piece of my dining room makeovers, thank you!  I hope you’ll stay tuned for the many projects that I have on deck.

Hint: my kitchen cabinets are screaming…”Paint me!, Paint me!”.

 

If you have any old IKEA furniture

that doesn’t make you happy.….throw some paint at it.  It’s amazing what a little paint can do!

Happy painting, my friends, have a wonderful day!

~Cindy~

IKEA Hack -Besta TV Stand painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and layered with Old White then topped with Annie Sloan clear wax and Valspar Antiquing Glaze. Dining Room Display case makeover.

 

 

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Hi! I'm Cindy....wife, mom, Mimi (aka grandma) and home décor enthusiast. I love thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and good junk!