It has been bothering me that the tv is almost the same size as the stand, and the whole thing is too small for the wall. I have filled in the space with a chalkboard and kid stuff, but it never really looked quite right. I have been on a quest for a long dresser to put under it and have found a few on Craigslist that I liked. It always seems like I find things when there is no time to drive around to look or when there is no truck available for transporting said items.
Recently, I decided to just go for it, and found a bedroom set with a long dresser, matching nightstand, and 2 large mirrors, one of which was missing the glass. The whole set was only $50, and the wood was solid, heavy, and in excellent condition. Woo hoo!!!
I'd been wanting to do something like this: http://www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com/2012/01/before-after-dresser-turned-tv-console.html
I don't have a good "before" shot of the dresser, but it matched the night stand exactly.
I gave it a cleaning, a light sanding, and some white paint.
The drawers had plastic fronts and brass hardware. I used a plastic spray paint primer on the fronts, and black metal spray on the hardware.
Once the primer had set up, I used my spray gun to add the white topcoat to the drawers. I can't imagine having to paint all of the intricate little nooks and crannies with a brush. Ugh! The sprayer was so slick! It was a perfect job, and took very little time.
I still need to add moulding to the front of the opening, replace the back of the dresser, and do a topcoat, but it is getting close!
I have plans for the mirrors, but I haven't had a chance to do anything with them yet.
I LOVE Craigslist!!!