About a month after we moved into our new house, Haley and my friend Emily P. came over for some drinks and pizza and queso and tortilla chips and rotten champagne on New Year’s Eve. I was giving Emily the tour and when we got to my bedroom, bitch started throwing some major side eye at my TV.
“Bedrooms are for two things only: sleeping and sex.”
Let’s get real: you will pry my bedroom TV out of these cold, dead hands. I love snuggling up in bed with Matt and the dogs to watch a movie, or binge-watching Buffy for the thousandth time on a Saturday night. However…
old shaman young dentist had a point. TVs are distracting eyesores, and this setup…well, yuck.
My compromise was to get an armoire/cabinet so we’d have the option to hide the TV when it’s not on, or when judgmental company comes to call.
I couldn’t find anything that I really liked, so I figured I could use the existing bookshelf and build an addition for the top. Nothing too crazy: just a cabinet with a shelf and doors. This project was the perfect opportunity for me to try out my new Kreg Jig R3, which is essentially the greatest tool in the history of all mankind.
I sketched out a rough plan for the addition based on the measurements of the bookshelf and cut the sides, back and top piece to size. I used 3/4″ rough plywood for this project to keep costs down. I only needed two sheets and it cost about $40.
Once I had my pieces cut, I used my handy new jig (thanks Mom!) to drill pocket holes all around the perimeter of the back piece. Using my Kreg right angle clamp, I attached the sides, top and back together with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Using pocket holes to make these joints was so easy and quick, and it is really, really solid. I foresee getting a lot of future use out of my jig!
I added in a shelf, and filled all the pocket holes with wood putty. I also used a 1″ drill bit to make a hole in the back so the wires would have somewhere to go.
After the putty was dry, I sanded everything down and attached the new cabinet to the bookshelf, also using pocket holes. Look at this beast!
I hate, hate, HATE painting with every fiber of my being, and it took three coats of primer before I was happy with the coverage. It all paid off, however, because I only needed one coat of the paint — ‘Inspiration White’ by C.I.L. — to make it look like one continuous piece.
I love white, but sometimes it bores me. I thought it might be cool to add a tribal print to the sides, especially since it was just junky plywood to begin with. Using a level, I drew lines on the sides, randomly spacing them. I hand painted some different patterns using black acrylic craft paint and sometimes a Sharpie. I started to get a little worried that it was looking pretty tween, but it was too late to stop. After I finished the first side, I took a picture of it and did the same on the other side. (I didn’t do the doors until they were hung to be sure that the pattern would line up.)
Once I was done painting the pattern, I added some bling using liquid gold leaf. I also gold leafed the little feeties of the bookshelf. This stuff is incredible, and for some weird reason I wanted to drink it. Huh.
The last step was to attach the doors. I used 5″ black t-hinges. They worked really well, and I love how they look. I will add some handles to the doors as well, but for now, here’s my ballin’ new armoire!
See that? All hidden away. I still can’t decide if it’s too juvenile looking or not, but I like it! It’s definitely an improvement over that horrid Mod Podged number that we were using before so I’ll take it. $40 and we have a cool new place to hide our dirty little 32″ secret. I think Emily will be pleased.