Living Room

Published on July 1st, 2009 | by Jules Yap


A TV unit rerun

Elodie gives her old TV unit a new burst of life. Again.

“This is a third life for my TV furniture. At the beginning it was ‘birch’. I transformed it in brown and flashy colors, and some years later I painted it in white and then I put a shiny varnish. A friend of mine call it the Apple furniture! I’m happy because I’ve got it for 7 years now, and I still love it because it changed his look several times.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

17 Responses to A TV unit rerun

  1. Marion says:

    Hi, Elodie. Est ce que tu te souviens des marques de peinture utilisées????

  2. elodie.jametsentenac says:

    You’re an expert “Anonymous” (an anonymous expert!) : it’s a floor of the XVIIIth century. Old school but efficient!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful floor!

  4. Rach says:

    This TV bench is the OPPLI tv bench. I shoved mine on ebay a while back… wish I hadn’t now!

  5. elodie.jametsentenac says:

    Hello everyone!
    I apologyze for my delay and for my english too!
    After using sandpaper (big then fine) I began with the colors : I put some adhesif ribbon all arround each squarres. Then I used tiny jars of painting (accryl 15 ml) then I varnish them. And for the white part I painted it with a lacquer using a special roller (small). Et voilà!!
    A bientôt.

  6. Lydia in Minneapolis says:

    Love it in white! I have the exact same tv stand, also in birch. I have been thinking about repainting it to – guess what – white. Would you mind sharing tips such as what kind of paint/brush/technique?

  7. Desiree says:

    love the colors!!!

  8. smileyguy says:

    how did you paint the inside with those bright colors??

  9. Erik says:

    Looks lovely.

  10. Alisa says:

    Very Cool! I painted a Target bookshelf all black to make it more modern.

  11. ColourLab says:

    Beautiful concept..great result!!!
    I really love it!!!

    ColourLab…find your special one!!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’ve had success with painting Ikea furniture by very gently sanding with a 400 grit (fine) sandpaper and then primering with a spray primer. I used a high-gloss paint which seems to conceal brush marks better, and have had success with spray enamels. Good luck.

  13. Jose A says:

    It looks great. I too would like to get more information on your painting technique. I tried to pain some ikea furniture once, and it was a disaster.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I love that tv stand. I’s called “opi” or something like that and they don’t sell it anymore. I have it in birch and may re-purpose it as a bench seat with a cushion on it. Nice job with the white paint!

  15. Laura Innis says:

    Curious to know how you covered over the birch finish – primer? If so, what kind and what kind of paints did you use? Looks great with all the multi-colours!

  16. Anonymous says:

    How did you paint it without everything chipping off?

    It looks great in white!


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