Media Stand Refresh

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The beauty of blog photographs is that you can crop chaos out or pull back far enough that readers don’t see the unsightly state of furniture.  People want pretty.  Unfortunately, that’s also what leads others to believe you’ve got it all together when really most of us bloggers are like ducks, calm on the surface but paddling like hell underneath.  With that in mind, I bring you my Monet of a media stand.  From a distance all you see is a pretty, plain black media stand.

Until you see her close up.


I won’t be offended if you have to shield your eyes, lol!  We purchased this media stand eight years ago from Walmart after replacing our massive tube tv for a flat screen.  It has been through three moves, two children slamming toys, two dogs whamming dog bones, and hundreds of drippy sippy cups and sticky jelly fingers just to name a few.  Over the years I would touch up chipped paint with a permanent black marker.  Safe to say we are finally past the point of no return.

Now, it would be just plain awesome if I could replace it with a beautiful new, larger piece of furniture.  I’ve got my heart set on this one.  Unfortunately our couch that we’ve had for eleven maybe twelve years decided that now was a great time to start falling apart at the piping.  Replacing two large pieces of furniture at the same time isn’t my idea of fun.  Let’s rephrase that.  It’s not our bank account’s idea of fun.  The media stand will live to see another day, but a refresh is in order.


I’ve partnered with Amy Howard at Home to bring you this post.  The materials used we’re provided to me at no cost.  I’ve used her paint before on my patio planters and loved the result, so I was really looking forward to trying it out on furniture.  I initially planned on refinishing this using Amy Howard’s paint sprayer, however, this makeover was done during the days following Hurricane Harvey so taking a piece of furniture outside wasn’t an option.  Instead I kept the piece indoors, covered the floor with paper, and painted by hand with a brush.

Before painting I gave the media stand a good cleaning with Clean Slate to remove any dust and kid junk.  Once dry I was ready to paint!  This is a chalk based paint so there is no need to sand down the furniture.

I went with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Basic Black.  In the photo above the areas that are already painted are the matte charcoal areas.  Below, the entire piece has been completely covered in one coat of the paint.  I definitely isn’t a deep black all on its own.  While I really did like it this matte charcoal finish, I really wanted a deeper black and protective wax finish.

Next up was a coat of the Clear Wax.  The wax deepened the color of the black and gave it a soft, velvety sheen.

I’m going to be completely honest with you, I ignored the suggestions of how to apply this and messed it up.  No matter how “good” you think you are, always read the instructions!!

What I did (the wrong way):

Get a quarter size amount of wax and rub it into the furniture with a cotton rag.  DON’T DO IT!  While I was spreading and working that wax around it was just plain too much.  No matter how many times I went back trying to buff it off, I couldn’t get the cloudy look to go away in some areas.  I still love how it came out, but I know it could have been so much better had I done it the right way!

What you should do (the right way):

Use a brush to lightly apply the wax.  Load only the tips of the bristles with the wax, and then offload excess on a piece of cardboard before applying it to the furniture in a “cross hatch” pattern.  I highly suggest watching their video about wax here.


I know this isn’t a dramatic before and after because I didn’t change colors, but I am thrilled with the result.  All of the abuse the stand has seen over the years was erased in about two hours!  That’s what I love so much about this paint.  Immediate gratification without the hassle of having to strip old paint and wait forever for new paint to dry.  It looks and feels like a much nicer piece of furniture now.  Money was saved by salvaging this piece and I can put the savings towards having to replace the couch.

Before you toss it out, donate it, or sell it, try giving it a refresh.  You might end up loving it again!









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  1. cassie bustamante Avatar

    what a difference! it looks fabulous!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I had turned a blind eye to that media stand for so long that even I was shocked at how bad it looked when I started taking before pictures, lol!

  2. Linda Avatar

    I think its a great post! Everyone has similar challenges and a fairly simple way to fix them, and save money, is always important. Thank you for showing a way to do this.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you so much for reading, Linda!

  3. Design Chic Avatar

    Immediate gratification, indeed! It looks so fresh and beautiful! Happy weekend, Shelley ~

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you!! Of course, now I wish I would have done it sooner!

  4. Diane Wicks Avatar

    That looks so much better! Good job! I haven’t tried any of the one coat coverage paint, but might now. Good advice on the wax, too:) I have a similar piece from Pier 1 in a dark red/burgundy. It is pretty, but would love to make it either black or brown to coordinate better with our decor. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      You should try it out, Diane!! This type of paint has been so easy to work with, even when I’ve had to do more than one coat of paint. And yes, definitely watch the wax video first 😀

  5. Karen Avatar

    What a difference the paint made! Would you know if it can be used on a dining table? I have an old black PB dining table that is all scratched and am looking for something simple to make it look better besides having to sand it down.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Definitely! I would make sure you watch their video I linked to in the post on how to correctly apply wax before hand. Especially for a dining table, you don’t want the top to have a thick layer of wax making it feel all gummy. Done correctly, I think it would a perfect way to breath new life into it.

  6. Jennifer Avatar

    It looks great! I had a black wood coffee table for years through the baby and toddler phases so I understand. I love that PB media console. I’m trying to talk my husband into DIY built-ins, but it’s not going so well lol.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Built-ins would be so cool though!!

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