Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Grey Washed TV Stand Tutorial

For this tutorial you will need.

-A dresser. We purchased the TARVA unfinished dresser from Ikea. If you choose to use a dresser you currently own you may have to add another step of sanding it.

-New knobs/pulls. We choose basic ones found on Amazon

- Light gray paint. For this project I chose to reuse the leftover color from the guest room. The color is Urban Sunrise (4004- 1B) by Valspar. Purchased at Lowes in Interior Eggshell.

- A small sample of dark gray paint. Just get the sample size. You'll barely use it. We purchased the color English Tea Party (6004-2C) from Valspar at Lowes. If you walk up to the paint counter, they have these samples sitting in little containers at the end of the counter as well as around the paint section. 

-Wood slab, cut to fit inside as a shelf where the top drawers would go (I'll explain this more later.) We purchased a slab that measured 6ft x 16 inches and was a little over half an inch thick from the wood section of Lowes and cut it to size using my dad's table saw. Once you measure, you can also have them cut it to size right there in the store for a small fee.

-Shelf Brackets to balance the shelf on. 


If you purchased the same Ikea dresser we did, you will obviously have to assemble it. I wouldn't recommend adding the back piece until you've finished the whole thing. It's easier to paint if you remove the drawers and do them separately. 

Step 1
Dry brush your dresser with the gray paint going in the same direction as the wood grain. I originally did two coats of a gray stain but I think the wood is such a light color and its a cheaper quality, that the stain didn't really take the way I was hoping it would. So I sanded it down a little and dry brushed two coats of gray on it. Much better! You still want to be able to see a little wood grain poking through, hence why I dry brushed and didn't just paint it. Make sure to get the inside of where the top two drawers are because that will be exposed once we add our shelves. Also don't forget to brush your drawers!

Step 2
Once the light gray coat is dry, take a small brush and dry brush the dark grey in select spots on both your dresser and your drawers. You want to make sure you follow the wood grain when brushing. I used a rag to wipe off most of the paint immediately after I brushed it on to really get that beachy, washed wood look. If you really want it to look extreme, repeat this step with a white paint as well. I was satisfied with just the two colors.

Step 3
Once all the paint is dry, install your new knobs/pulls on 4 of the 6 drawers. We chose two hole pulls, so we had to drill additional holes in each drawer. 

We had two of these, one for each side.

Step 4
Measure the inside of the dresser where the top two drawers are supposed to be (as illustrated by the photo.) We chose to make it simple and leave the middle space empty. It looks perfectly fine, but if you want your shelf to cover the whole inside, you may have to do a little more puzzle work. For this Ikea dresser, we measured the inside of each drawer space to be 277/8 inches by 141/2 inches. So that was the size we cut two pieces of wood to be. 

Step 5
Paint your shelves and let them dry. You can choose to do both paint steps, however since we figured they'd mostly be covered by our DVD player, our WiiU, etc. that just a coat of the light grey was sufficient. 

It's hard to see in this photo, but the hole sits about 3 or 4 inches above the drawer beneath it. 

Step 6
Measure where you want your shelves to sit above the middle drawers and drill the appropriately sized holes to fit your shelf brackets. You should have 4 holes total. One on the front post, one on the back post, one towards the front of the side piece, and one towards the back of the side piece. Make sure they're all level and not to drill all the way through. Then pop in your shelf brackets.

Step 7
Insert your shelves, put the back on the dresser (optional) and enjoy!

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