We all know about Pinterest. We all Pin things that inspire us. Have you created something, thanks to the Pins on Pinterest? Meet my friendÂ Cat, fellow Pinner, photographer, and So Cal blogger who just DIY’d her tv unit!
I don’t know about you, but I gotz no time to paint a TV unit right now nor do I own my home. Cat and her husband recently bought a home, and she’s been getting her new home decorated their way. I asked her if she would share her process in sprucing up a plain TV unit into a fabulous TV unit, and she said yes! (Photos below are courtesy of Cat’s iPhone – yet another vote for smartphones with good cameras. You never know when you’ll need to whip it out.)
Here’s my interview with Cat:
Q: Which Pins inspired you to personalize your furniture?
Q: What made you decide to go DIY?
- When M and I went to Ikea to look for our dining table we decided to browse the media unit, too.Â Since I painted the walls grey I knew I wanted a white media unit.Â We saw the Hemnes TV Storage combination and we both liked it.Â It was a big piece with a lot of white and I remembered seeing photos on Pinterest with painted back panels.Â Immediately, I knew I wanted to paint the back of the unit.Â I consider myself somewhat of a DIY-er.Â Big projects intimidate me, but this one seemed totally doable for me because it seemed more like a semi-DIY project.
Q: How did you pick the background color (yellow)?
- I went with a grey color scheme throughout my house.Â I wanted something that contrasted the grey, looked fun, but still sophisticated.Â I was debating between a bright blue or yellow.Â I got paint swatches from Dunn Edwards, taped them to my wall and took a vote via friends and Instagram.Â My gut always said yellow, and all of my votes were for yellow so I had no doubts about my choice.
Q: How long did it take you to paint all these parts?
- In total, it took roughly 5-6 hours to finish because I had to wait for the coats to dry.Â First, I sanded the back panel, then cleaned it off with a damp towel.Â I applied 1 coat of primer and let it dry for 1 hour.Â Then, I applied another coat of primer and let it dry for another hour.Â I painted the first coat of yellow and let it dry for 1 hour.Â After, I applied 2 more coats of paint with no drying time in between the 2 coats.Â Lastly, I let it dry for 1 hour, then we secured it to the rest of the unit.Â I did all 3 panels in the 5-6 hour time frame.
I don’t know about you but the finished product looks pretty badass.
ThereÂ you have it. 5-6 hours of paint time + assembly time = awesome. I could really use a shelving unit like this for all of my books. (Or if the Wife have it his way – all his DVDs and blu-rays.)