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Painting A Media Cabinet

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The title should say “I’ve Had So Much Trouble Painting my Media Cabinet” but I thought it was too long for a post title. 😉  Ugh, do you ever feel like everything you do turns into a big disaster? I don’t know what’s going on lately but my projects that should be relatively easy have been turning into time suckers because of mistakes. It seems like I’ve been taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back.

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Anyway, I just repainted my living/dining/entryway and shared the results in this post asking you what you thought about the color of media cabinet with my new wall color (Ben Moore Gray Owl 50% strength).

Thank you for all of your input on this!

It confirmed what I thought myself, that I should paint it navy (which is the accent color in my room). I had been wanting to try BM Hale Navy and this was the perfect place to do it.

Everything started out well, I removed the hardware and took the empty drawers outside to be sanded (the piece itself is too heavy to move outside to paint so I did it right in my drop cloth strewn living room).

After everything was sanded I primed and then painted, lightly sanding between coats.  I loved the color but wasn’t real happy with the way the top looked, because it’s a dark color you can see every brush stroke.

I hoped that sanding a little and applying polyurethane would give it the look that I was hoping for. I applied the poly, only to the top, and ended up not liking the shine (I used satin). Remember the 1 step forward, 2 steps back? I wound up spilling half a can of the poly on my brand new seagrass rug!

I cried a little bit on the inside and went to cleaning up my mess. It’s a good thing that it was waterproof because after a good scrubbing and rubbing, I think I got it up enough that you can’t tell.

Because I wasn’t loving the poly on the top I ended up sanding it down really well so I could prime and paint it again. I was going to apply some finishing wax but decided to leave it alone for now. Here is the result of all my shenanigans.

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Much better, if I do say so myself. I got a great suggestion from the fabulous and stylish Kim of Savvy Southern Style to use brass hardware with the new color and she was so right! The brass looks perfect with the navy.

Painting A Media Cabinet | Chatfield Court.com
Painting A Media Cabinet | Chatfield Court.com

I’m still trying to style the cabinet in different ways, so I’m not sure that nothing here will stay. The flat screen is so big that there isn’t room for much and I’m not into little things sitting around.

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I will say that I don’t want to paint any furniture for a while. I’d like to do a simple and quick project please. 🙂 So what do you think? Does it look better with the wall color? Have you ever done a project and took 1 step forward and 2 steps back?


  1. Looks great! What a difference a little paint can make to something. Nice job.

    1. Thanks so much Noreen. I’m loving the change of color. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Susan Hair says:

    The media center looks great in the blue. One question: where or how did you create the plaques above the tv? My room and setup is identical to yours. Thanks for the help and I look forward to every email l get!!!

    1. Thanks so much Susan. I love it in the blue too. The plaques above the tv are actually woven chargers that I stenciled. Hope that helps. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Despite the setbacks, it turned out great. Love that you decided to give it some colour instead of playing it safe and the brass hardware really dresses it up. We have a large TV in our LR also and it takes up pretty much the entire surface of the console it sits on. I don’t put anything on it.
    Most of my projects are 1 step forward, 2 steps back so I feel your pain. However, I think I would have had a mini breakdown if I had spilled poly on a new rug.

    1. Thank you Shirlee. I’m really glad that I painted it navy and I do love the brass hardware. I still haven’t found anything that I like to go on top of the cabinet with the tv. Decorating takes time, for me it does. 😉
      I did have a mini breakdown when I spilled the poly. I was so sure that I had ruined my new rug. Ugh…so stressful but it’s ok now.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting.

  4. I love the color! Brilliant choice…and Kim was right…love the gold hardware!

    1. Thanks Robin! That Kim is one smart cookie. 😉 Appreciate your visit.

  5. yes, that is good. more personality, i think, too. it looks like it’s floating-in so many photos you can’t see the legs, lol.

    1. Yes, it does look like it’s floating. LOL Between bad lighting in the room and the cabinet being a dark piece, it’s so hard to get a good clear picture at different angles. Thanks so much for visiting.

  6. Love the color change! What a great makeover! I’d love for you to share this at my Motivational Monday Link Party that I just started today! Feel free to share other old or new posts that fit the theme as well if you have them!

    1. Thanks so much Amanda. I am liking the change too. Thanks for the invite, I will head on over to visit you right now.

  7. Oh, I really like it in the navy! Good choice. It really stands out now and the tv seems to blend well with the navy bc they are both dark, you know, instead of one dark and the other light. As far as the items on the cabinet I’m not sure. I like the books and the other item (can’t really tell what it is), but the lamp I’m not crazy about. I agree, not to put too much on the cabinet. Maybe repeat something similar on the lamp side as on the other side? How about something with a bright color like yellow or orange? A dish, small vase, etc. Just some food for thought.

    On another subject, I’m sure you may not remember but I mentioned to you about a rocker that I was going to paint for my small front porch and cover a pillow to put on it. The color is a bright green. (LOVE IT!) I had a heck of a time trying to get the webbing attached. The frame of the rocker seat is rounded, not flat and staples wouldn’t hold so I bought tacks. The tacks were hard to hammer in. They kept bending. My hubby thought they might not be strong enough. The rocker, I believe is just pine. Well, it’s done and the cushion is done too, finally! I really love it, but bc you can see the tacks even with the cushion on, I’m thinking of attaching a skirt, like a bed ruffle to the edge of the cushion. This will hide the tacks. Once I get that done I’ll send a photo. Boy, this working full-time really gets in the way of the things I want to do!
    Take care! MJ

    1. Thanks MJ. I’m liking the color change too. I just don’t like the things on the cabinet. Everything I’ve put on there eventually comes off. Still trying different items/colors but may leave it with just the tv for a while. We’ll see. Thanks for the suggestions though.

      I absolutely remember you mentioning the rocker for your front porch. It sounds like it was tough but is coming along. Can’t wait to see the pic. Soon enough you will have more time to do all of this fun stuff. 😉

      As always, I appreciate your visit and your comment.

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