This TV console repair and makeover was a little more involved than I originally thought it would be. This piece isn’t an old one, but it was in need of a leg repair. Once the repair was completed, it got a makeover to match the decor of our sports room.
We’ve been working on turning a large bedroom into our sports room/den. I shared how we started the transformation in this post.
This piece is another one that my mother gave to me as she was moving from her place into my sister’s home. It was just the right size for the spot I had in our sports room for a tv console. There were two problems with it. The first and most obvious was the color. The other furniture pieces in the room are white or black. The original color of the console wasn’t going to work. That could be changed easily enough with a fresh paint job. The second problem was that one of the rear legs had been damaged. My mother had someone put a brace on it, but that was a stopgap measure.
My skills don’t extend to furniture repair, but I’m lucky that my husband is pretty handy with things like this. After he took a long look at the problem, he set out to repair it. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that my husband is an engineer. He designed the closet conversion into a display nook a few years ago. That means that he is going to spend a great deal of time investigating the problem, planning a solution, and weighing the pros and cons of the solution. Once he’s satisfied that his solution will work, he proceeds to complete the repair. He’s never going to be the fastest at completing a project, but I’m always confident that the end result will be just right.
How To Repair a Broken Table or Cabinet Leg
1. Make a repair support using 1″ plywood by cutting the wood into an L shape
2. Use wood glue to attach the repair support to the furniture at the point of the broken leg
3. Use wood glue to attach the broken leg to the repair support
4. Clamp the repair support in place and allow the wood to dry for 24 hours
5. Attach angle brackets to the repair support and bottom of the furniture piece
After removing the temporary brace, a repair support was cut out of 1″ plywood.
Using wood glue, the support was attached to the cabinet. Also, the broken leg piece was glued to the repair support. This was clamped in place and the glue was allowed to dry for 24 hours.
Angle brackets were used to ensure that the repair support would be held securely in place. The sizes were determined by the size of the repair support. Screws were placed into the original piece that was broken to secure it to the repair support.
After the leg repair was complete, it was time for the makeover. Since this is laminate, it needed to be primed before painting. I’ve tried painting laminate without priming and the result is not pretty! The paint needs something to adhere to and without the primer, peeling and flaking will happen. I asked the helpful clerk at Home Depot what she would suggest using as a primer for laminate. Her recommendation was Zinsser Cover Stain Oil Base Primer. After asking what color I was planning on painting the piece, she suggested I have the primer tinted gray. I followed her recommendations and was very satisfied with how this worked. This isn’t a sponsored post, just my opinion of a great product!
How to Apply Cover Stain Primer to Laminate Furniture
- Lightly sand the furniture using a fine grit sandpaper
- Clean the surface and make sure it’s free of debris and allow it to dry before applying the cover stain
- Use painter’s tape to tape off any areas that you do not want to cover
- Apply one coat of Zinsser Cover Stain (refer to directions on Color Stain container for proper application)
- Allow to dry completely
How to Paint Laminate Furniture
- Make sure you have followed the steps for applying primer
- Apply one coat of Latex Paint in your choice of color and allow it to dry completely
- Apply second coat of paint if needed
- Apply polycrylic protective finish using a lint free cloth and allow it to dry completely prior to moving the furniture
I allowed the console to sit for a few days before I painted the piece. That’s longer than necessary. After taping off the glass windows of the two middle doors, I used Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Premium Latex Paint in Flat Black. It was looking great after just one coat, but I allowed that to dry completely and gave it a second coat.
The final step was to use Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish over the entire piece. I used a sponge brush to apply a light layer. I allowed the piece to sit untouched for several days before moving it to its location and placing the tv on top.
The TV Console Repair and Makeover was well worth the time it took. We now have a piece that fits in well in the space, holds the tv, and has storage.How to Repair and Paint a Laminate TV Console Proper prep is the key to getting a great new look for laminate furniture. #paintinglaminatefurniture #cabinetlegrepair. Click To Tweet
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