It took me three years, but I finally have my painted tv console. My husband wouldn’t let me paint it at first, but after a little accident, I finally got to update it!
I actually agreed with his reasoning, though. We spent a lot of money on it when we bought it several years ago. Plus, it was really pretty. It even had a really pretty pattern in the wood on the top. I totally understood why he didn’t want me to paint it, but I still wanted to!
Enter 4th of July festivities and glow sticks our kids got at the fireworks. Those glow sticks just so happened to be set on the entertainment center along with other things from the fireworks that night. The next day, the kids and I left for a few days to visit family while my husband worked, so the glow sticks just sat there the whole time we were gone. Now, I can’t exactly say when this happened, but some time between setting the glow sticks there and the day after we got back, one of the glow sticks broke. I’m thinking either a cat or the toddler chewed the ends. I’m hoping it was the cat! Anyway, one of the glow sticks broke and leaked onto the entertainment center. When I went to wipe the goop up, it had eaten through the finish.
And I was really
happy sad! 🙂
Since the entertainment center was now scarred forever, I got to paint it! I first sanded the rough spots on the top with an orbital sander and then used a sanding sponge to lightly sand the rest of the piece. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint to paint the whole piece.
I painted the inside in Trophy (a dark gray) to hide the electronics a bit.
The body was painted with three coats. The first was Trophy. I wanted to lighten it up a bit before painting it white – otherwise I’d need a million coats! So, Trophy for the first coat, then a mixture of Trophy and Ironstone for the second coat. The second coat was looking a little too cool to me, so for the final coat, I mixed Ironstone and Linen to warm it up a bit. I gave everything a coat of wax and then the next morning added a second coat of wax to the top and shelf for a little added protection.
I love how this piece brightens up the room now! The entertainment center used to be about the same color/finish as the clock – maybe even a tad darker. That side of the room always felt so dark and depressing to me and now it’s much more bright and cheery. I know it’s weird that one piece would change the look of a room, but I’ve been struggling with a clear direction in this room for a long time and I think this piece has really given me an idea of how I want the room to look now.
Have you ever debated painting a piece for a long time only to find out that once you did, you should have done it long ago? Did it totally change the direction of your room? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
PS – here are the colors I used on this piece. To see all of the MMSMP color samples, click here.