Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

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!

Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

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.

Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

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!

Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

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.

Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

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:

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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.

Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

I also found the hardware at Hobby Lobby. Of course I had to go with something that had a vintage, antique vibe.

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Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

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.

Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

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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  1. 4.27.17
    Heather Hoben said:

    Wow!!! What a transformation, I love it!!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Heather, I’m so happy with how it turned out!

      • 6.27.17
        Kristen said:

        Where is the top piece from? The arch? Not sure where to find something like that or what title to search for it under if I look online ?!?

        • 6.28.17
          Sarah said:

          I got it from an auction actually, it’s from an old headboard I believe!

  2. 4.27.17
    Marilyn Soto said:

    Unbelievable ! You never disappoint. This is so fresh and pretty as well as utilitarian – you’ve checked all the boxes on this one . You also have a way of keeping your readers grounded and reminding us that you can change the entire look of something with some thought and very little money….. thanks again.

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      You’re seriously the sweetest, thank you so much for the kind words Marilyn! Hugs to you friend. xoxo

  3. 4.27.17
    Rhonda S. said:

    Sarah, I just love when you see something that needs a fixin’…means you are gonna stick it out till you find what works and not spend a ton of money! We get the benefits from it too! Thanks for sharing!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      I give it a try, that’s for sure! Doesn’t always go my way, but thankfully this one did. Thanks so much for dropping by Rhonda!

  4. 4.27.17
    Tina Thompson said:

    I love it. The basket idea was great for storage. Good Job!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Tina!

  5. 4.27.17
    Diania Abernathy said:

    It looks great! I have a “tv area” problem too because of my small living room. I have a corner tv stand but I can’t figure out the wall space behind it. 🙁 help!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Oh yeah, those are definitely tricky when it’s in the corner like that. I’d try to do a gallery wall of some kind behind the TV. Or maybe add some interest/texture by planking that section of the wall up to the ceiling?

  6. 4.27.17
    michele said:

    absolutely love it… you home is so comfy and cozy…love it!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Aw I really appreciate that Michele, thank you!

  7. 4.27.17
    Kim said:

    Wow! Looks great…Love your blog! Oh to live so close to Hobby Lobby! 🙂 it’s almost 4 hrs away :(across the border at that!) maybe that’s a good thing! Lol! Ok I need to go change something around…always look forward to your posts! Have a blessed day!!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Oh dang, that’s a heck of a drive to get to a Hobby Lobby. You’ll just have to online shop instead Kim! 🙂

      • 3.20.18
        Jennifer said:

        is there a specific name for the baskets? I’ve searched hobby lobby and haven’t been able to find any similar to them.

        • 3.20.18
          Sarah said:

          No, I’m sorry–I don’t know their name.

  8. 4.27.17
    Jan said:

    Love the changes! I’m seriously going to paint my tv stand and shelves soon!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      I say go for it!

  9. 4.27.17
    Jana said:

    Awesome transformation Sarah! What a great reminder to start with what we have and fill in the rest. Such a cute area!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Definitely Jana, so much cheaper that way! I’m so glad I didn’t go buy a new one. Now I have money for a new light in the breakfast nook. HA!! 🙂

  10. 4.27.17
    Kristen B said:

    I have a tv area as well that I don’t like. I actually love the stand but could never figure out what to do above it. This was so inspiring !!!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Isn’t that area above the TV tricky? It’s taken me years to finally figure out something I like! Good luck with yours Kristen.

  11. 4.27.17
    Jen said:

    Looks great! Perfect symmetry. Nice job!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you so much Jen!

  12. 4.27.17
    ann said:

    We solved our problem awhile back,did pretty much the same thing.Yours is great. Think we have the same pillows!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      That’s awesome Ann!

  13. 4.27.17
    Suzy said:

    I love this! Have a question: what color white did you use on your tv stand? Flat, satin? Thanks! ????

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Good question Suzy! I painted it white several years ago and I just used a regular latex paint. I think it was a satin finish, but I can’t remember the exact color/brand. For the inside I used the Rust-Oleum chalk paint in Linen White.

  14. 4.27.17

    Love the transformation! Gave me alot to think about. xx

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Kim! 🙂

  15. 4.27.17
    Leigh said:

    Amazing! I liked it before and now I love it! ????????

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Leigh!

  16. 4.27.17
    Kimberly said:

    Love the transformation…can you tell me where you got those picture frames?

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Kimberly, those picture frames were actually made for us by a local guy. They’re made from old barn wood. Wish I could find some similar to link to for you! Try searching Etsy, I bet you’ll find some there.

  17. 4.27.17
    Corinne said:

    I love the headboard, those frames are gorgeous, and I love the flowers! It looks really charming and sweet now! Great pictures!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Corinne, I am so happy with it now!

  18. 4.27.17

    Love the change! Would you believe we still have the old style entertainment center and the TV doesn’t quite fit in the opening. Your TV stand makeover inspiring me to tackle ours.

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      I believe it! Sounds like the one my parents have Sandy!

  19. 4.27.17
    Denise said:

    You blow me away week after week. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration.

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      You are way too kind, thank you so much Denise! xoxo

  20. 4.27.17
    Susan Koehn said:

    BOOM is right, this makeover makes me smile it just fantastic. Great job.

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks so much for dropping by Susan!

  21. 4.27.17
    Deanna said:

    Wowza!!!! This is spectacular! Love those wire baskets on the wall with the metal vases. Are those both Hobby Lobby too?

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Yep, I got those from Hobby Lobby a few years back. I’m sure they still have similar ones.

  22. 4.27.17
    Dianne said:

    i LOVE how it all turned out!
    Thanks for your inspiration.

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Dianne!

  23. 4.27.17
    Helen said:

    . Fantastic Sarah! This ‘removing doors thing’ you do works so well, I love it! Well done you ????X

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Yes indeed Helen! That’s my new motto–take the doors off!

  24. 4.27.17

    Wow. Never would have thought to remove the doors. I have one that holds this giant ugly speaker thingy box that takes up the entire shelf. Then the other shelf is components too. Goodness gracious…we can send a man to the moon but we still have wires everywhere. Ugh. At least yours was totally inspiring – as is everything you do. Beautiful job.

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      haha you’re so right about the wires Cindy! They’re out of control. Thankfully ours are piled up in a big knotted mess behind the TV stand. Out of sight!

  25. 4.27.17
    Nikki said:

    I love it!! You are so talented and have a great eye for decor.

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      You are so sweet Nikki, thank you!

  26. 4.27.17

    Wow, what a huge transformation for such a simple thing!! I love how much brighter it looks. Great job friend!

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      So much brighter, right? And less “heavy”. Thanks for dropping in Chelsea!

  27. 4.27.17
    Teresa O'Connor said:

    Loving it so much …
    I just love coming here, you always have something fantastic to share 🙂

    • 4.27.17
      Sarah said:

      Aw thank you Teresa, I appreciate that!

  28. 4.28.17
    Kathy said:

    It looked fine before your makeover but after seeing what you did, it now looks amazing! And as we all know, there is a huge difference between ‘fine’ and ‘amazing’ not only in decorating a space, but how you actually FEEL about the space (my hubby said that’s a woman thing LOL!) Great redo … Again ????

    • 4.28.17
      Sarah said:

      I couldn’t agree more Kathy! I always felt pretty luke warm about this space before, so it’s nice to actually LOVE it for the first time. Thanks for dropping by tonight!

  29. 5.1.17
    Teresa O'Connor said:

    Also Sarah those doors you took off would look amazing if you chalked boarded the centre of them or put some linen or photos in them , im looking every where for a door like that so I can do something … Just not willing to buy a brand new one , I like the stuff you get for free or second hand 🙂

  30. 5.4.17


    • 5.4.17
      Sarah said:

      It was part of an old headboard off an antique bed actually, we found it at a farm auction!

  31. 5.13.17
    Waleska said:

    I LOVE this..I recently did this look to an old piece and it came out so nice. I’m in need of baskets like these. How long ago did you purchase them? This is great!

    Thank you.

    • 5.13.17
      Sarah said:

      Just a few days before I posted this actually. Hopefully you can find them!

  32. 5.26.17
    Nicole said:

    I love this project but also LOVE the wall color! I would love to do the same color in my living room. Do you happen to know what paint color you used?

    • 5.26.17
      Sarah said:

      Yep, it’s autumn blonde by Sherwin Williams.

      • 5.27.17
        Nicole said:

        Thank you!!!

  33. 6.17.18
    Ellie said:

    Love, love, love. I am looking around and my mind is racing. Fantastic job! You are the next Joanna Gaines 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

    • 6.18.18
      Sarah said:

      haha Ellie, you are too sweet!!

  34. 1.1.19
    Erica said:

    Where did you get the TV stand?

  35. 1.11.19
    Tammy McMullen said:

    Looks ok. You probably should have dusted everything before posting finished pics. And freshly painted the darker parts of the tv stand. But it looks ok I guess. Just not my style.

  36. 1.15.19
    Charmie Miller said:

    I would like to find a TV stand table just like this. Do you know where I can find one?

  37. 2.23.19
    Christine said:

    Love love it ,im always trying new things .my daughter calls me diy lol.this is beautiful will have to try this .

  38. 6.3.20
    Lucy said:

    Love love this look! where are the wire hanging baskets from?