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TV Bench Revamp


After my minor success with the playroom furniture, I decided to embark on a slightly more substantial project – re-vamping an old TV stand into a bedside table for the Chief Stick Collector’s room.

We have recently replaced our too-small and not particularly lovely TV stand with a fabulous painted cabinet (a successful eBay bargain!). So the old TV stand joined my list of spare bits of furniture waiting to be re-decorated and re-purposed. This is what it looked like. Nothing special and just a bit dull.


But I had big plans for it.

This is the Chief Stick Collector’s HQ. He is a big fan of all things vehicle-related. The chest of drawers next to his bed is an old one that I had as a child. It has been through several paint-jobs and numerous sets of handles over the years, and I have plans for its next incarnation. It will stay in Chief Stick Collector’s room, just not next to his bed. He finds it a bit too high, and he struggles to reach his water and night-light. (The revamp of the drawers might be a post for another day, once I figure out how to fill the holes from an old set of handles.)


But the old TV bench would be the perfect height as a bedside table here, so I decided to paint it to coordinate with the colour scheme in Chief Stick Collector’s room.

And so to my steadily-filling crafts cupboard, and a raid on my growing collection of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


This job called for Old White for the surround; and Barcelona Orange, Provence, and a mixture of Greek Blue and Duck Egg for the three cubby-holes.


I needed two coats of the old white but just one of each of the other colours. A coat of clear wax (applied with a brush then polished with a cloth when dry), and it was ready to go to its new home.


The lighter blue colour isn’t a particularly close match for the pale blue on the bedding, but apart from that, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.


Chief Stick Collector gave it his usual – slightly underwhelmed – seal of approval.


His room is really starting to take shape.


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