Shelf turned TV Console

Problem area:
Behind the TV 
I actually had a picture that was worse, a lot worse, but accidently deleted it off my card 🙁
To sum it up, before I built this console, our TV sat on the floor….along with the surround sound, and everything else!  Ya, big mess…messier than this! (yes, those are old school bunny ears.)
Phase 1:
 Fixing the Problem Area 
I ran to the Goodwill to find something that might hold a TV. I actually arrived 5 minutes before they closed…ran in, saw this “shelf thing” for eight bucks, figured it was about the right size, and totally solid. So I bought it and left!
Phase 2: 
Building the Console
I brought the shelf home….cut up a board that I had from our old pantry, and started putting them together.
I cut a first bottom layer out of some old plywood and the side strips and yellow bottom, out of the old pantry shelf.
…and since I want this TV console to sit along the wall, and also wanted to be able to pull it sideways when we watch the TV, I added some wheels. I also thought it would be nice being able to turn it whichever direction, while I’m working on projects.

Phase 3:
I made some homemade chalk paint, and gave it some sanding. Then I polyurethaned with some clear semi-gloss.
Now onto the edited shots!
…and how did it end up working out???
Arrows pointing to the surround sound speakers that are being stored in the back and in the bottom storage area. Along with the DVD player.
Remember that open top part in the “shelf thing”. It now holds the base for the surround sound and the random remotes.
Here is a close up of the small shelf I added, which holds the DVD player and the long surround sound speaker.
I also Gorilla Glued some plastic hooks I had lying around to wind cords on.
….and one more shot of the end result.
Shelf thing turned TV console!
….and it only cost me around $30!


  1. That turned out great! Love the distressed look!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  2. Well that was just awesome! Love the little DVD shelf on the bottom. And those clips on the back? Genius! What a great find and a great project! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Love the clips in the back. I don’t even want to show what’s behind my TV. It’s a mess of cables, wires, and surge protectors. My goal for after we move is to clean that up somehow, and your hooks are a great idea! Thanks!

  4. mmmm yum – i love the chippy white – what a great transformation! xo

  5. Looks so good! and so functional, I love it, great job!!

  6. So functional and beautiful! LOVE!

  7. This is great! I found you through the linking party at Someday Crafts.


  8. Brilliant! Love how you designed it to hide all the not pretty stuff. Great finish on it too, I love me some distressing!

  9. I love the hooks on the back for cords! I’ll have to remember this.

  10. You did an amazing job on that console, Katie! Thanks for the tip on the hooks for cords. ~ Maureen

  11. Katie, that is the cutest Tv console ever!!! Very creative. And once again, thank you so much for the feature on my DIY Canvas Paintings. I hope you’ll visit again. I’ve updated the entire room.

  12. So very creative and inventive. Great job!

  13. I love this…great solution for the TV and all that goes with it! 😀

  14. Brilliant! You should get to be queen of the remote for-EVER for that. I found this post at French Country Cottage’s Feathered Nest Friday.


  15. Super cool and pretty console.

  16. Nice job! It looks great.

  17. This looks great Katie! I pinned it! Love you blog, I follow and visit often! Blessings, Barbara@ Chase the Star

  18. I really admire people like you- to come up with this is just sensational. Wow!

  19. It looks great. I love the “antiqued” look!

  20. Brilliant! I love everything about this, you rock!

  21. Hi Katie! Great idea 🙂 I would love for you to link this up to my Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! running all weekend.

  22. Your console turned out so cute!!! White, chippy, and not expensive to make. Your background is wonderful too, by the way 🙂 Tanya

  23. I love this white/chippy/loveliness!! Beautifully done, I love it..

  24. This turned out so great! Functional and fabulous and I love its chippy shabby goodness.

  25. Genius transformation! Very serviceable too. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  26. This is so awesome! You did a fabulous job. Your projects always amaze me. Love the white and the rustic look.

  27. Turned out amazing! I seriously love all that you do. 🙂 Megan

  28. Great job! Love the look.

  29. LOVE this TV console–what a spectacular transformation!!! I featured this today on Sew Woodsy!

  30. Awesome! I love the distressed white- so pretty.

  31. This turned out so nice!! I love the distressed look. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  32. Too cute! You have a great style…I would love to see how it fits with the rest of the room. 🙂

  33. what a great solution and style! looks awesome!

  34. I would love you to share this on my linky party!

  35. Featuring you on Facebook today, you creative genius!!

    Thanks again for linking up at the Wildly Original Round Up!
    <3 Christina

  36. Wow – that looks amazing!! I am always inspired and amazed at your projects. Great job. It’s awesome that you made it exactly suit your needs.

    I’m pinning and tweeting this. That’s for linking up at Romance on a Dime!

  37. LOVE it! Great idea 🙂 Laurel

  38. Wow! What an awesome project and it turned out fabulous. The white is so pretty. Nice work!

    I’m Sarah, I found you through Make the Scene and am now following via GFC, Linky Followers, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

    Have a great night!


  39. Katie,

    Great idea of upcycle and space. Love it.


  40. Wow Kate… what an amazing transforamtion. Great Job!!
    Thanks for linking to Shabbilicious Friday @ Shabby Art Boutique.

  41. Nice job! It looks awesome! Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again this week.

  42. This looks amazing! I love how you distressed it and I love the idea of using gorilla glue for hooks to hide the cords! I’m featuring you tomorrow!

  43. Drab to Completely fab! I have to remember this one! Great work as always! 🙂


  44. This is so cute!! I’m tweeting about it, today, and sharing it on my facebook!

  45. You did a great job! I love the practicality of it along with the cuteness! Did you post a tutorial on your chalk paint?

    Thanks for sharing!


    • I didn’t. My neighbor had given me a bag of something that she uses to make chalk paint. I’m not sure what is was exactly, probably unsanded grout. I didn’t really even measure. She said a little would go a long way, so I mixed and painted. It worked wonderfully. However, I did the same thing for the next project and it didn’t stick as well. There are many tutorials on the internet. I have read that the No Minimalist Here Blog has a great recipe!


  46. Amazing! What a gorgeous way to house some not-so-attractive parts! Glad I’m not the only one with a tangled mess of cords, uh, well now I may be the only one but not for long 😉

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