Shabby Chic Television Cabinet | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 04-17-2012 11:13 AM 4019 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a television cabinet that was custom built for a customer in March 2012. It is built in three sections. A standard dresser section, a mid sections with folding drawer fronts, and the upper TV sections.

Since the upper cabinet depth was so narrow and the width was so wide, we bi-folded the doors to get them out of the way. The back was 3/4” instead of the standard 1/4”. Added strength was needed to mount the TV rack. We also vented the back to allow air circulation.

We needed a place to put components like a DVD player, so we put flip down drawer fronts below the top section. This allows access when needed.

The Finish
The finish is a Shabby Chic style. It is a distress finish to appear warn and antique. What makes Shabby Chic different from normal distressing is the lighter, softer colors.

We started with oak wood to give it texture. We undercoated it with black lacquer undercoater. The top coat was several coats of white lacquer. It was very hard to cover the black that soaked into the grain. After it dired we distressed the corners by rubbing through the finish to expose the black again.

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 12:18 PM

Very nice work, Chris.


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#2 posted 04-17-2012 01:01 PM

Thats a nice build. I like the flip fronts for access to electronics. That was a good idea.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 01:09 PM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 01:11 PM

Lotta nice detail in this build

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 01:25 PM

I just noticed the pictures are before the distressing. I did most of that while the customer was here.

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 09:46 PM

That is a fine piece of work

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 09:47 PM


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#8 posted 04-18-2012 06:03 AM

nice work, it’s a break from building the murphy beds. love the finish too.

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#9 posted 10-05-2012 11:00 AM

That looks great, you have completed the work with nice finishing touch and i like this model having the three floors i.e all in one with dressing table, including drawers and television table. Nice move.

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#10 posted 10-05-2012 11:17 AM

Beautiful work. Really good thought process on it’s structure.

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