Chalk Painted TV Stand





I love this old Mid-Century TV stand. I bought it at a garage sale years ago and it has been so useful. It’s the perfect size and height for a larger TV, and has great storage for videos and such behind the doors.

I also love that it’s up on legs so we can store items underneath it.

I use wicker baskets to hold items like remotes, batteries, extra cords and the like. One of these days I will drill holes in the back so we can store the TV components behind closed doors.

The stand was black when I got it, which fit well with my decor at the time. I was going through a black phase for a while.

Now, it seems far to dark and dreary.

Not that the men in my life mind. They sit and watch TV in total darkness anyway.

I think it’s time for a change.


For this project, I decided to use the Decor Art Chalky Finish Paint in Escape (blue) and Relic Grey (for the stencil).

The stencil itself is also by Decor Art, in the Harlequin Pattern.

The folks over at Decor Art were very generous in suppling me with the items needed for this project.


The first step was to remove the hardware and give the piece a fresh coat of paint. I decided to paint it in the basement where it sits rather than move it out of place. The Chalky Finish paint is an easy product to use and doesn’t drip much at all, but I added a couple of pieces of plastic underneath just in case.

This paint covers really well, I did not need to use a primer to cover the black color.


After the paint dried, I positioned the stencil over the doors and taped it in place.

I probably should have used a stencil adhesive, there were a few places where the paint seeped underneath and it had to be touched up.

Oh, well. Sometimes I am so stubborn.

in progress

I had a bit of a hard time choosing the alternate color for the stencil. I did a bit of experimenting to decide which I liked better, but in the end, the Relic Grey won.

I liked the darker color because it had the most contrast and seemed to tie in well with the dark TV.

I ended up re-using the old hardware and just painting it with the contrasting color. I have done this before and it works really well, plus it saves the cost of purchasing new hardware.

Why spend money when you don’t have to?


I finished the piece with a coat of clear varnish, also by Decor Art. I contemplated lots of other finishes with colored waxes and so forth, but I decided that liked the simplicity and color of the piece as it was without complicating matters.

I haven’t quite felt the need to jump on the colored wax trend just yet.  I am not so sure it’s for me even though I love the way other people do their work with it.

What about you? Have you jumped on the chippy painted furniture/colored wax trend?

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