Hey guys! I wanted to give you an update on what I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. I picked up this laminate/wood tv stand second-hand for only $60 to replace an older and less interesting stand we’ve had for some time. The varnish had a few scratches on it and the masonite backing was torn but other than that it was in excellent condition.
I had seen a similar tv stand recently at Canadian Tire that I really wanted, the only difference being that it was white, but they wanted $500 for it!! So when I saw this for $60, I had to get it! I then had to invest $26 in paint and sandpaper but I think I still came out ahead (just a little bit of sarcasm there).
First, I used a course sandpaper to roughen up the surface and take off as much of the old varnish as possible.
Once I was done sanding, I wiped it down a few times with soapy water to make sure there was no leftover dust that would get into the paint.
I used Behr’s Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel which is what the paint expert at Home Depot told me is considered their furniture paint. It really went on well and definitely has an enamel-like finish.
It took about 2 coats using a roller brush to cover the dark wood and about 4 coats using a paint brush to cover all of the corners and inside lines.
I let it dry for a few days in-between coats but the instructions indicate you can apply additional coats after an hour.
So after approximately 7 hours of sanding and painting, I can finally say it was totally worth it!
I think it’s even nicer than the new one I was drooling over, and I was able to personalize it by adding these clear glass knobs also from Home Depot.
It’s starting to get a bit busy with Christmas only a few weeks away but I’m hoping to have our dining room finished before the new year so stay tuned and let me know what you think!