We transformed this old Television Console for a sweet customer to remember a very special person in her life.
A few years ago we were contacted by a client who's husband had recently passed away. She had an old Television Console sitting in a back room that her husband had loved. She wanted to repurpose it into something she could display in her sitting room to admire everyday. So we came up with a plan to turn her old Television Console into a bookcase. It was a long process of taking out all the gadgets and gizmos of that console, but we knew it would all be worth it in the end.
First thing we did was gut the console but it needed support because as you can see it leaned to one side. It also had a swivel bottom that we had to remove as well. It would have made her bookcase swivel, and that is not what we were going for. As you can see in the picture above we wanted to reuse the speaker front in the design also to keep it more authentic.
For the shelving we measured to make it equal on the bottom and top and marked down 1 inch where we wanted to put our supports. We ripped a 1x2 in half creating a 1x1 to put at the bottom sides of the shelf to attach it to. We screwed that in with some 1/4" wood screws so that we didnt screw into the outside of the console. We then air nailed the shelving onto the supports and filled any holes. As you can see in the picture above, we added a strip of molding across the inside top. I did not like the look of the wood hanging down on the top so I wanted to add a feature that would add character. So we chose a shoe base molding cut to fit and nailed it in place.
Our client was willing to loose the space at the bottom to keep the speaker part there, because she loved the look. We were all to happy to oblige. First thing we did was add supports on the inside bottom so that the bottom shelf would be supported. So we took two 1x4's and placed them on each side from front to back and nailed them in place. We then measured for the bottom shelf and placed on top of the supports. We also did the same to the inside top. Next, we had to cover the sides. The original sides had holes to run wiring. So we measured and air nailed those in as well. The back we wanted a little dimension, so we took some knotted wood paneling and cut it to measure the entire width and height of the back. We think it came out fabulous, and added the dimension we were striving for. Now we are ready to create the shelving.
We Then went to Lowe's and picked up 4 feet and 4 metal Brackets to attach the feet to the bottom of the console. We didnt want the console sitting directly on the floor. To attach them is really easy peasy lemon squeezy (I am such a dork but you know you love my little phrases). it comes with the screws you will need. You place the metal bracket on the bottom 4 corners underneath the console. Take a sharpie marker and mark where your holes will be. Take the tiniest drill you can find to drill a pilot hole for screwing (this is so you dont split the wood when trying to drill in the screws). Put your metal bracket back over the holes, and drill in the supplied screws. Once you have all 4 in place you can add the feet (I suggest finishing the feet first trust me makes it much easier). All you do is screw the feet into the center hole of the bracket and voila you have added feet to a console. Brilliant huh!?!
Here in this picture above you can see where we added the feet what a difference it makes. Our client wanted to keep the piece the same color. We found a coordinating color by General Finishes called Prairie Wheat gel stain. We ran it over the outside as well as the inside so that any scratches on the exterior of this piece would be concealed as well. The last step of the project is to seal. Always, Always, Always seal your work. You worked so hard to achieve your desired finish only to not seal it, and have your beautiful finish ruined in a matter of months. So please, please, please seal your surfaces so the beautiful finishes will last.
Voila a beautiful Finished Shelf made from a family treasure.
If you decide to take on the task of making your very own repurposed Television Console. Please email us a before and after picture so that we can share with our fans.
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Hi I am Tess, Owner of Renewed Treasures Studios, a Decorative Painting Company In Louisiana, And Creative Business Coach. I am beyond excited to be your biggest cheerleader & help you achieve your goals & finally realize your dream as a Creative Entrepreneur!
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