From reader, Evelyn. Please enjoy her step by step graffiti inspired TV Cart!
There is nothing more fulfilling than rescuing that orphaned piece of furniture on trash day, moving day or craigslist. Thank goodness I don’t own a pick up truck, not that hasn’t stopped me from bun-jeeing several pieces of furniture to my tiny sedan!
I just moved into a fabulous apartment and I almost had my living room set. It’s an eclectic mix of art deco with a touch of modern but it was missing a media cart. As a lover of orphaned furniture I came across this cute wood laminate tv cart in craigslist for $12!
I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I wanted something graffiti inspired with spray paint. I initially was going to start with a black base but I opted with white instead. I used 4 different spray paints. Black, hot pink, silver, and white…lots of white.
Painters tape and cardboard will be your friend. The tape will help you cover any parts you want to protect. Cardboard will help you with designs.
I spray painted the knobs and wicker part of the doors in a metallic spray paint.
The drip design was the most fun part of the project but also the most nerve wracking. I was inspired by the show “9 by Design” There was an episode where the husband and wife duo used spray paint to add color to an all-white headboard in a similar drip design. They held the spray nozzle closely to the piece and slowly sprayed across. The paint will pool and begin to drip down. I was mostly worried about getting the right effect with the colors I picked up. I finally gave in and just went for it. I’m quite impressed with how it came out.
I originally spray painted the top of the media cart in a fun loopy design. After I set it back on, I realized it took away from the funky drip design. I kept the loopy design on the edges but I spray painted the top in solid white. I also did a line design on the shelf in the middle of the cart with a piece of cardboard. It’s a little rough around the edges but once I put my dvd player on it you can’t really tell.
And Voila! The updated rock n roll media cart. This was my first attempt at spray painting a larger piece of furniture and there are some lessons I learned the way, but it adds character and uniquenss. As a whole I am happy with how it came out and I recommend this technique for anyone who wants to update a piece of furniture without the hassle of paint.