Furniture Makeover: Retro TV Cabinet

Generally speaking I am not into mid-century furniture, it’s not my style and I do not buy them to makeover…..but, (you knew there was a but!) this little Retro TV Cabinet spoke to me….and against my better judgement I bought it. There was something about the concertina doors and the little legs….I just had not seen anything like this before. Originally, (and this happens a lot) I had planned to keep this for myself, I was  going to put it down my hallway…..where it wouldn’t clash and fill it with all my favourite books with ugly covers! (you know, all the paperbacks that just don’t look pretty!) Well I changed my mind, my plans changed for the spot it was going to go (read: I found something prettier – seriously you will die when you see this piece!) so I sold it…to a lovely couple who really loved the makeover.

I really wanted to pay homage to the era it was made in…..I knew it had to be yellow and I also managed to find some coordinating wallpaper that I could line the inside with to give it that real personality. The reason I said I bought this against my better judgement is because it had chipboard….you know the stuff that expands when it gets wet and is just all-around crap! It actually wasn’t in bad condition, it just looked sad. So I painted in with Annie Sloan Milk Paint in Arles….it is a real butter yellow….a lot of the pictures and samples I had seen made it look like an orange yellow but it really isn’t. I then lined the side walls and shelves with the wallpaper and left the back wood. (I don’t think my pictures accurately depict the colour right.)

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

Retro TV Cabinet Makeover - Annie Sloan Calk Paint Arles | Colour Saturated Life - www.colloursaturatedlife.com

I love how this turned out and I was actually sad to pass it on especially when it looked so good with my vintage cameras! If anyone is curious about the artwork the wooden sign with the five New York Burrows is from Etsy a shop called Lucius Art – it is stunning – a print mounted on wood, you can hang it or sit it on a shelf. The other art is actually by me, it is a compilation I designed in Photoshop of all the images I took on our holiday in New York.

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  • terry - January 10, 2015 - 3:15 am

    After you painted this piece, did you wax or polyurethane it? If you waxed it, what type of wax do you use?ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - January 10, 2015 - 7:07 am

      I used Annie Sloan Wax, I use it on all my pieces. If you have never used it before it is definately worth trying it gives a beautiful finish, there are great YouTube videos out there to show you how to use it. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL - December 16, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    LOVE THIS PIECE, I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE IT, IF THAT WOULD BE OK WITH YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW,
    LAURENReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

      Hi Lauren…..that would be an honour, feel free to feature it, thank you. I have lots of furniture makeovers coming up so feel free to check back! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Anna @Annabode - December 11, 2014 - 12:18 am

    I love everything about this furniture makeover–the color, the pattern–it’s just awesome! Your blog is beautiful, so happy to have discovered you 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm

      Thanks Anna – it definately turned out better than I was expecting! Your blog is awesome too….I love your style.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - December 4, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Beautiful! I really love the yellow. And your photography is really amazing. I’m new to your blog but I’m loving all your photos.ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - December 14, 2014 - 10:06 am

      Thanks Michelle…..just found your comment in my spam!ReplyCancel

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