I blog a lot about furniture transformations that involve special family pieces or unique antiques that someone has picked up here or there and decided to transform. But, furniture doesn’t have to be sentimental or special to “qualify” for a makeover!
Source: An inspiring article on transforming TV cabinets into new and fabulous pieces
As much as I love the idea of changing, altering and transforming an old and special piece of furniture to fit your life and your home, I also love the idea of repurposing any piece of furniture in your home in a different and unexpected way. It’s something that I’ve practiced in my own home for years… moving furniture from one room to the next, using it in different ways and making it over for it’s new purpose. It doesn’t have to be sentimental, it doesn’t have to be passed down to you… it doesn’t even have to be made of wood!
I transformed a simple Target bookcase made of MDF a year ago for James’ room. It’s a piece we bought for function and price over beauty but it’s adapted and changed as our needs have in our home. I’m happy to report that a year later, that little bookcase is still doing its job well, happy with its new coat of red paint and loving all the little boy books that fill its shelves.
It’s especially fun when I get to see a client do the same thing in their own space. A client of mine recently called me to her home to look at a large custom-built entertainment cabinet. The cabinet was built years ago, when we hid TV’s behind sliding doors. It was before flat screen TV’s thin enough to be mounted above fireplaces or on walls. With changes in the style and function of televisions, as the years went by, the entertainment cabinet became a space hog in a room where space was needed. It became obsolete.
Instead of tearing down and throwing away the 7 piece unit that consisted of 3 bookcases, 3 base cabinets and a TV cabinet, my client decided to repurpose it within her own home. Although it was no longer useful as a space for her television and cable equipment, she decided that it would provide fabulous storage in her home office. Cabinets would provide valuable storage for unsightly office supplies; the bookshelves would store books and other things she wanted to display. As for that old TV cabinet? It provided a perfect spot to put her printer… hidden away by the sliding doors when not in use but easily accessible when needed. But to make this repurpose successful, the old entertainment center needed to undergo a little transformation.
With its white paint color in its original state, the cabinet perfectly served a casual family room. But to transform into the piece into something worthy of a sophisticated home office, it needed a little more drama… a little more flair. We decided that nothing says elegant like a little black dress, so the entertainment center was dressed in what I think is the paint equivalent of the perfect black dress… General Finishes Lamp Black.
The cabinet was sanded, primed and given 3 coats of Lamp Black. To seal the paint, I used General Finishes High Performance Water Based Topcoat. General Finishes High Performance Topcoat is hardy enough to be used on floors, so it should hold up to any wear and tear inflicted on it in its new job as an office bookcase.
New glass knobs from Hobby Lobby replaced the handpainted knobs on the old piece. The knobs are simple but add to the elegant look that the bookcase now has. In this case, if the paint was the little black dress, then the knobs were the earrings.
It’s the transformation amazing? I hate that the only pictures I was able to snag of the bookcase were these fuzzy ones on my iphone. My client has plans to add an amazing fabric to the room and has great chairs to create a seating area opposite the desk. It’s a home office anyone would be proud of and one that was created by utilizing a piece of furniture that had outgrown its intended use. It’s a story with a happy ending… for both my client and her piece of furniture… a story that I was happy to have the chance to be a part of!