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DIY Repurposed TV Console to Dress-Up Armoire

A few weeks ago was the first time I saw an idea like this. I was totally sad at first because my daughter is almost 7 and is getting too old for dressing up. Then I realized that it doesn’t have to be just for dressing up, it can be a closet…the perfect sized closet because a small child can actually reach to hang up their own clothes!


I saw this at Salvation Army for $20, but that was still too much for me so I went on a 50% off day and it had been marked down to $13.99, which meant I only had to pay $7 for it! There were burn marks on the top, but between sanding and priming they didn’t show through at all.

“For sure this will fit in my car,” I thought to myself as I purchased it. Nope. It would have fit if one of our backseats wasn’t broken and stuck in an upright position. This awesome guy offered to load it into his car and drop it off at my house for me. He and an employee tried all sorts of different ways getting into his car and it just didn’t fit. I thanked him for his attempt at helping and asked the employee if he could help strap it to the top of my car (luckily we have a rack). So he precariously bungeed it on top of my car and I drove about 10 mph the whole way home, just waiting for the thine to come sliding off, but it didn’t! Sometimes Salvation Army employees are also expert bungee attachers. What was extra fun was my son and I trying to get it down from the top of the car. Really too bad that someone wasn’t taping that scene.

For the rest of the day while I was driving without a 1980s tv console strapped to my car I kept thinking, “Driving is so easy when you’re not waiting for something to come sliding off the top of your car.” It’s the small things.

I have been doing so many chalk paint projects over the last few years because it’s just so easy to do, but I wanted to do this one with latex paint so I did the whole long process. It still doesn’t take too long, though, and I feel like it was worth it because the finish looks so nice.



Remove handles. I sanded this down using an orbital sander with 120 grit sandpaper, then did the the parts that I couldn’t reach by hand. Make sure to wipe ALL the dust off.


A good primer to use is any one that has stain-blocking and has a bonding agent.

I have found that the FASTEST way to paint is by having a paint brush in one hand and a roller in the other. I first use the brush to get in all the crevices and put some paint on the larger surfaces, then I roll it out with a roller. That way, you don’t have to dip the roller in paint, which takes longer…you just roughly apply paint with the paint brush then smooth it out. I use the “Cabinets and Doors” rollers.

Use brush for crevices first, then roll out larger flat surfaces

After the 1st coat dries completely, do the 2nd coat (instructions for drying times will be on the can). Always remember to look at your project from different angles so you can make sure not to miss any spots. (You should take off all the doors to do it right, but I just don’t ever do that unless I’m doing a kitchen or bathroom).

Top half: 1 coat Bottom half: 2 coats


These go on really fast. When it’s completely dry, you can put the doors and handles back on.


Since I had leftover paper from my bookshelf project, I used the spray adhesive to put some paper on here.

I didn’t take the back off and wrap it, I just used Gorilla Glue on the perimeter of the backing and sprayed the back of the paper, then stuck it on. If yours doesn’t have a back to it, you can buy hardboard at Lowe’s and they’ll cut it to size for you. It comes in a 8′ x 4′ sheet, so bring measurements for anything else you could use it for and they’ll cut all the pieces for you.

I used a piece of hardboard in the door as well, with 2 coats of primer and 3 coats of chalkboard paint (see how to make a chalkboard here). Don’t forget to season the chalkboard.

Then I secured it with mirror clips (see how here).

And you’re done!

Now there’s a place for headbands, hair flowers, skirts, shirts, and a whole lot more space inside all the cupboards!

You really can fit an entire child’s wardrobe in here!



  1. Hi Sarah: This is such a terrific idea for a play closet. My two little grand daughters have a little play room that we are planning on redoing this year. I hope their Mom finds time. A little play closet like this would be a perfect addition. I bet your little ones love it.

  2. I love the way you think! We have something very similar in our spare bedroom and I think I can use it for storing some of my linens. So happy that I found you via Ducks ‘n a Row blog hop!

    1. I feel you…I just made the one for my daughter because my boys are all too big for something like this, but I’ve got a few little nieces I’ll be visiting this summer who would love something like this! I’m brainstorming ways to make a fun one for boys as well…maybe some super hero theme.

  3. This is such a great re-purposing project and it’s relatively easy to do! My daughter would have loved something like this when she was young. A few years ago, we bought the kids a super cute kitchen set online. Although it was cute and fun to play with, the chip board it was made of was no match for my kids. I would have loved to repurpose a more durable TV console into a little kitchen instead. I’m glad I can come to your blog and figure out HOW to do that!

    1. Thanks Pam! It’s amazing what they charge for the cheap chip board furniture and toys. It’s so much better to repurpose, paint or build it yourself for way less money. The cheap stuff doesn’t last long in our house either…it needs to be solid because at some point at least one kid’s going to end up jumping on it, climbing on it, tipping it over, or whatever else they decide to do that shouldn’t be done to furniture, haha. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks Judy! Yeah, I was really glad that we made it. In any other state people might have been frustrated with how slowly I was driving on the freeway (especially in southern Ca where I grew up), but people are so laid back in Alaska and no one seemed to care. Totally worth it!

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