The perfect peice

I recently posted about one of my all-time favorite finds, an antique Knectel buffet-turned TV cabinet. You can read about how I came across this beautiful buffet here.

It caught my eye with its great curves and raised mouldings. Its style, size and the storage space it offered were also perfect for what I had in mind as a cabinet for our recently purchased flat screen TV. Its current finish though, left a lot to be desired.



After setting up shop in my garage, I stripped its top in preparation for a dark ebony stain. I then filled the imperfections with wood filler, sanded away what I could of the large burn marks on the top and began to apply the stain. No matter what I did the burn marks would not go away. I tried sanding and again reapplying the stain, with no luck. I decided instead of fighting with it, I would paint the top the same colour as the rest of the buffet; a nice cream with a dark gray base coat.

Here are some photos of the finished cabinet. It is challenging to take a good pictures of this cabinet as my family room is on the north side of my house and it does not have a lot of natural light. If you double-click on each of the photos, you will be able to see a larger size.




In order to leave room for the TV components, I had to remove the top middle drawer. I painted and finished a piece of 1/4″ plywood in the same finish as the cabinet and placed it in the opening to give a strong support for the components and to hide the marks from the drawer glides. I wanted to keep everything intact just in case I wanted to use the cabinet somewhere else in my home in the future. I can easily take out the plywood base and put the drawer back in the cabinet.




The reproduction needlepoint chair (below left) will be getting new upholstery and a new wood finish in the near future. The diamond pattered chair (above right) will be getting a new slipcover to hide its dated fabric. Everything will tie in much better with the rest of the room once I can finally get to these projects. So many projects, so little time!




Anyway, I digress… After two coats of the cream paint, I lightly distressed the finish to show some of the dark gray base coat underneath. It is very subtle but really complements the cabinet and picks up on the accent colours that I have in the room. I also decided to re-use the original hardware to save some money.




I have two rambunctious children in the house so I finished the cabinet in several coats of a durable topcoat. Sanding in between coats really gave it a soft silky finish. I also had a piece of glass cut to protect the top. I think the glass top adds a little bit of glamour as well.




I haven’t yet filled up the cabinet, but I have made a good start with some of my kids’ games and some coordinating baskets from my local Michaels to house some of our DVDs and other electronic gadgets.






Please let me know what you think. I would love to read your comments. :) Next, I will be posting about my vintage oak dresser transformation.







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  1. Leanne

    Carrie, it is beautiful. The fact that it is also so functional makes it the perfect cabinet! Fab-u-lous.

  2. Carrie

    Thanks so much Leanne for your wonderful comments! :) I have had a look at your website and I am in love with the pieces that you have painted with ASCP. Just gorgeous! I will have to stop by your shop sometime to see your handiwork in person.

  3. Linda @ it all started with paint

    What a wonderful transformation! Just beautiful …


  4. Kari

    This turned out absolutely beautifully! I love it!

  5. Sarah

    I love this!! Great job!!! -Sarah

  6. Carrie

    Many thanks everyone for taking the time to comment. It was quite a bit of work to paint as I painted everything by hand with many, many sandings in between but I am very happy with how it turned out.

  7. CJ

    Great job! I want to do this but am nervous about all the sanding needed. Beautiful inspiration. Thanks for posting. ~CJ

    1. Carrie

      Hi CJ,
      Thank you taking the time to comment. Sanding does take some time but on the flat surfaces I used my palm sander a lot and on the curved surfaces, the sanding sponges. Using those products helps to move things a long at a quicker pace. The important thing to do between each sanding job is to use a tack cloth. You don’t want any sanding dust getting into your next coat of paint or final finish. In my case, I probably didn’t need to sand so much on this cabinet but I am really overly fussy about the peices I finish. This can be a good thing and can be bad at the same time because it takes me so long to finish my project. Oh well, I don’t plan on painting this cabinet again for many years to come. Thank goodness!

  8. Heidi of Operation Organization

    I think it looks beautiful! I would totally put that piece in my living room!

    It’s so functional for holding a tv as well as providing plenty of hidden storage for all sorts of things you want stashed! :)

    1. Carrie

      Thanks for the nice comment Heidi! :)

  9. mum of all trades

    This is a great idea! I would love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend. Hope you can join in!

    1. Carrie

      Thanks for commenting. I have joined up at your blog party. You have a lot of great links on there and I am off to take a look.

  10. irene

    I love it! Was this Annie Sloan paint. and the grey undercoat was that just a flat paint? I have one of these that I thought I’d repurpose into a computer desk.

    1. Carrie

      Hi Irene,

      I haven’t had a chance to try the Annie Sloan paint yet. The cost is holding me back. This was just an eggshell custom mixed cream colour with a dark grey undercoat also in eggshell. The clear coat that I used over top was a semi-gloss, although it is not very shiny in person. I would love to see your computer desk when it is finished. I am sure it would be beautiful!

  11. Jenny

    It turned out beautifully! I love the distressing…just the right amount and the glass top was a great idea. It looks great using it as a console too. I would love if you linked up to my party!


    1. Carrie

      Thanks Jenny for your wonderful comments. I have linked up with your party. :)

  12. P.j.

    This is absolutely gorgeous! Now I have an excuse to buy an old buffet or another dresser—I can just say it’s for the large TV my husband wants to get when we move into the house. :-)

    1. Carrie

      Would you believe that it was my excuse to my hubby as well? I already had an old dresser that we were using at the time for his flat screen TV but the dresser wasn’t really my style. I told him that I wanted to get an antique buffet instead because of the great storage and I had to promise him that this would be the last piece of furniture that I would get for the TV. When everything was all finished, he loved it! I am crossing my fingers for you that your hubby will also accept that you need another piece of furniture too. :) Thanks so much for your wonderful comments.
      Take care,

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