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In a recent foraging trip to the local ReStore my eyes fell upon an old TV armoire and I was instantly in love.  My husband Paul was with me and wasn’t quite as impressed with it as I was, until I managed to share my vision for it in a way that he could appreciate!  Refinishing or painting wood furniture isn’t something we are experienced with, but he agreed, purchase was made and we wrangled the big piece of furniture home.

When Paul has a project to do, he waits for no one.  Before I could even get pictures taken, he had the doors and hardware off and the drawers out!

I wanted to paint it rather than stain it, so we talked about colors and decided upon a shade of gray.  Next stop was the Sherwin Williams store where we picked their brain on type of primer and paint to use for our project.  We decided upon the extreme bond primer and this all surface enamel for durability.

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The steps we followed in painting our TV armoire:

  1. We took the doors and hardware off, and the sliding shelves and drawers out.

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2.  Next we sanded the armoire.

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3.  After sanding, we vacuumed and wiped the entire piece down to remove all of the dust.

4.  Next was the first coat of primer.

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5.  Which was followed by a light sanding and another coat of primer and allowed to dry overnight.

6.  The next day, we gave it another light sanding and removed all dust from the sanding.

7.  The first coat of paint applied!

8.  When the paint was well dry, we gave it another light sanding, once again making sure to remove all dust when we were done.

9.  Then we applied a second coat of paint.

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10.  Once again, when it was dry, a light sanding and wiping off all dust was completed.

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11.  Rather than a polycrylic protective coat, we chose to use a paste wax as a protetive coat.  Minwax Paste Finishing Wax to be exact.

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12.  We applied the wax with a soft cloth and allowed the wax to sit for about 15 minutes and then wiped off all the excess.

13.  The wax was allowed to dry overnight and then we applied a second coat of Minwax, once again wiping off excess after 15 minutes and buffing it to a shine.

14.  The doors and drawer fronts were finished following the same procedure, except we added white as an accent color on the front of each door and drawer.  To do this we painted the white area first.  Allowed it to dry overnight and then taped it to paint the rest of the door with the gray.

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Thus our adventure with painting wood furniture was complete and now we have a very pretty addition to our living room!  I’m very happy with the way it turned out.  It’s different, unique and brightens up the room.

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When everything was dry and the drawers and doors back on the entertainment center, the last step was to find some pretty knobs.  I found some that were perfect at Hobby Lobby.

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Settling in and watching the Andy Griffith show.  Remember this episode; a shoe salesman comes to town and Andy and the town people think he’s a talent scout.  If you are a Mayberry fan, there is actually an event called Mayberry Days held every year.  Paul and I went last year and had a good time; if you’re interested you can read about our adventures here.

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Once again, thank you so much for reading today.  I appreciate every one of you!




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Nina April 9, 2017, 1:22 pm

You and Paul are so creative! Paul, this can be your new career when you retire!!

Teresa April 10, 2017, 12:35 am

That was my suggestion when we started working on it. Actually to do it as a hobby and make a little money too when we retire!

Pat April 10, 2017, 9:51 pm

You and your husband did a wonderful job saving this piece and making it look gorgeous!
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Teresa April 12, 2017, 12:09 am

Thank you! We truly are enjoying it in our living room.

Lisa Carpenter April 11, 2017, 4:18 pm

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! I have a lot of good intentions related to upcycling old furniture but am woefully behind. You’ve inspired me! Thank you for sharing in the GRAND Social link party!

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Teresa April 12, 2017, 12:07 am

Thanks so much Lisa! Happy Easter to you and yours as well!

Grammy Dee April 20, 2017, 5:43 pm

WOW! That looks great!! Thank you Teresa for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
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Teresa April 20, 2017, 8:29 pm

Thank you Grammy Dee, and thanks for hosting a great link party!

Grammy Dee May 17, 2017, 5:19 pm

Thank you Teresa for linking up and co-hosting at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.
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Teresa May 18, 2017, 9:51 am

You’re so welcome, I truly enjoy being a part of it.

Jas @All that's Jas May 2, 2017, 7:14 am

That’s really impressive! I admire your patience above everything! Paint, sand, wipe, paint, sand, wipe….. I don’t think I would have it in me, ha!

Teresa May 2, 2017, 11:29 pm

It was my first big project, but was made much easier because my husband helped. The finished project made it all worth while!

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond May 15, 2017, 5:48 pm

Looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing your DIY creation with us at #overthemoon link party.
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Teresa May 16, 2017, 10:17 pm

Thank you Sue! We are enjoying it. Adds a nice touch to our living room!

Lori Hill-Smith May 17, 2017, 9:49 pm

That turned out great!
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Teresa May 18, 2017, 9:49 am

Thanks! We are thoroughly enjoying it!

Donna May 19, 2017, 2:21 pm

What an incredible makeover. Thank you for sharing this, Teresa.

Teresa May 19, 2017, 11:37 pm

Thank you! It was quite a bit of work, but we are really enjoying it.

Clearissa Coward May 20, 2017, 3:20 pm

You did an excellent job. It looks brand new. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post.
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Teresa May 23, 2017, 10:07 pm

Thanks so much! For our first big painting project, it did turn out pretty good. We are enjoying it!

Carol ("Mimi") May 20, 2017, 5:01 pm

Looks like a lot of work, but it really paid off in a super-nice result. I really like the paint colors and the knobs. Thank you for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’m sharing your post on social media.
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Teresa May 23, 2017, 10:07 pm

It was work, but as you said, worth it! Thank you for sharing it!

Sue from Sizzling Towards Sixty & Beyond May 20, 2017, 6:37 pm

Lovely makeover and thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared!
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Teresa May 23, 2017, 10:05 pm

It is now in our living room and we are really enjoying it!


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