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DIY TV Stand from a Dresser

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I’m all about reusing stuff around my house. So I made this DIY TV stand from a dresser we already had.

DIY TV stand from a dresser pin - three picture collage - left side, white dresser under a tv, you can just barely see the paint sticks on the top of the dresser - top right, Black dresser under a TV with all the drawers taken out. - bottom right, Aerial view of the white dresser with stained paint sticks on the top

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I bought this dresser about 5 years ago at a yard sale. It was already black when I bought it. I think I bought some different knobs for it and that was it.

I love the size and it’s so sturdy. When we moved into our new house, we didn’t have a place for this dresser. But we still had the need.

Only one dresser fit in our bedroom, but we still needed extra drawers for clothes.

So I decided we should put the dresser in the living room and use it as a make shift media center. We could still use the bottom drawers for clothes and I could use some of the other drawers for dvds and such.

DIY TV Stand from a Dresser

The first thing we did was take out the top drawers and make a shelf. We used 1/4″ plywood and had it cut at Home Depot in to 3 pieces to fit in the shelf.

Measure the inside of the dresser drawer, the width and length you want and then get the plywood cut to that length. Then we nailed it in to place.

I then painted the whole dresser white and the inside of the shelf grey. Then I spray painted the old drawer handles and reattached them.

Close up of gold spray painted handles
A white dresser with the top 2 drawers taken out, gold handles on the bottom 4 drawers.

I wanted something really unique for the top of the dresser. My son plays up there, so the paint didn’t hold up well, but that’s ok. That was never supposed to be the final top!

A white dresser with the top 2 drawers taken out and TV boxes in the opening and a basket. Gold handles on the bottom 4 drawers.

Making the Wood Dresser Top

I really wanted the top to be different colors of wood and to look rustic and a little old. After looking at multiple different types of wood, I decided to use paint sticks.

Painting sticks

Paint sticks are cheap and can easily be stained. So I measured the top of my dresser and figured out how many paint sticks I would need to cover the top.

Then I picked out three different stains. I chose Sunbleached, Vintage Aqua, and Weathered Grey by Varathane. These colors seemed to go well together and I liked the variation.

3 varathane wood stains

I liked the Vintage Aqua because I wanted it to be like the old wooden aqua barn wood I sometimes see online.

Paint sticks stained

After staining and polyurethaning all the wood, John cut the wood into various lengths. Then I laid it all out on top of the media center.

Then I used the nail gun to nail the paint sticks to the top of the media center. I love the way it turned out! It’s exactly the look I was going for and it’s perfect for the kids to play on.

Aerial view of the white dresser with stained paint sticks on the top

I don’t even care if the wood gets a little banged up because it only adds to the overall rustic feel!

white dresser under a tv, you can just barely see the paint sticks on the top of the dresser

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