So a few days ago I was standing in our living room and just feeling blah about everything. Do you ever have those days? You’re just tired of looking at the same stuff everyday and it all feels really boring? That’s how I was feeling about our living room. And I’ve been feeling this way for a while. It’s a small space, so I’ve always felt a bit limited in terms of what I can do in this room. But one area in particular was driving me absolutely nuts and that was the TV stand and the wall behind it. It’s always been a struggle for me to decorate this spot above our TV and I’ve honestly never come up with anything I loved. So I was in the middle of telling my husband I wanted to get a new TV stand, change all the things, and re-do the entire living room when I realized I sounded ridiculous. I needed to slow my roll, take a deep breath, and do what I could without spending tons of money. After a bit of brainstorming I decided to do an easy farmhouse style makeover on our TV stand and start completely fresh with the wall decor. I’m excited to show you what I came up with today!
Ok, here’s how things were looking when I started. Totally blah, right? And dusty. Please don’t look too closely. This TV stand has actually been with us from our very first house, so it’s least 8 years old now. It was a dark brown when we got it, but I painted it white a few years ago. My main issue was that it just felt really bulky and heavy in this space. Like I said, it’s a small room, and I feel like this guy was just adding a lot of weight. Does the make sense? I wanted to open this up and give it more of a farmhouse feel.
The first step was removing the hardware. This is the original hardware that came with the TV stand. It has a very rustic, country vibe that I just wasn’t digging. Next up I took the doors off!
With the doors and hardware off I literally sat and stared at this thing for about an hour trying to decide what to do next. I ran through several different ideas, all of which required a lot more effort and money than I was willing to put in. Just being real with you guys here! Since my main motivation was to keep this makeover cheap and easy, I decided my best bet was to paint the inside of the cabinet to give it a brighter look.
Here’s the first coat of paint on the inside. I ended up doing three coats and also painted the little shelves in the middle. I filled the holes left from the doors with simple wall putty, which worked really well. Next I added new hardware and this is the finished look:
With the doors off I knew I needed to find a new storage solution. My kids have a gazillion toys that need to be tucked away and out of sight, so I knew I couldn’t just leave these cubbies open with toys crammed in them. Thankfully I found this pair of awesome farmhouse style wire baskets from Hobby Lobby. They were the perfect fit. BOOM.
I also found the hardware at Hobby Lobby. Of course I had to go with something that had a vintage, antique vibe.
After I had the TV stand done I took everything off the wall and started fresh. I honestly pulled things from my house to spruce this area up. The frames, Our Nest sign, the hanging wire baskets–I had it all sitting around. I was actually getting ready to put those wire baskets in storage because I couldn’t find a spot for them. And that old headboard piece has floated around to a few different places over the past year or so, but I love it in this spot. I’m pretty much obsessed with how this whole area in our living room looks now. Decorating that annoying empty space over the TV is tricky business, but I think I FINALLY found a look I love. Adding height with the layered pieces and dimension with the baskets was just what I needed for this spot.
You guys know I’m always preaching about taking ownership over your home and changing the things you don’t love–even if you’re on a tight budget. Well I think this post is a great example of that. With the new baskets and hardware, I only spent $60 on this TV stand makeover. And by pulling things from other rooms in my house I was able to decorate around the TV in a way that I actually really love. I’m honestly kicking myself that I didn’t do this sooner. I’ve been unhappy with this area for a while now, but I never really did much about it. I hope this encourages you to get creative with those weird spaces in your home and don’t be afraid to grab a paintbrush and get busy. You’ll save yourself money in the long run and I bet you’ll even have a little fun while you’re at it.
Thank you so much for dropping in today. I’m always so grateful when you spend part of your day here with me. I’m actually planning to share more of this living room space next week in a fun little spring update, but in the mean time I’d love to hear what you think of my TV stand makeover. And let me know if you have any questions!
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