Painted Entertainment Center Transformation

painted entertainment center top

This painted entertainment center was obviously done for a client who loves farmhouse! I love farmhouse too because that’s where my painting roots began. I also still have a modern farmhouse vibe in my home, and enjoy the comfortable and cozy feel.

Here is the piece I sourced for Lindsay, my client.

Here’s the list of products I used for this painted entertainment center transformation.

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Prepping the Entertainment Center

After a good cleaning with White Lightning TSP cleaner, and a rinse with clean water, let the entertainment center dry thoroughly. Remove the hardware and drawers and doors. Then, give the whole piece a light scuff sanding. This is not strictly necessary, but it helps ensure the paint will adhere well.

Since this piece was getting painted white, I chose to prime it with white BOSS. This helps block the dark wood color, and it also helps a little with adhesion.

I painted the whole piece with 2 coats of Fluff. I went ahead and painted the top too, as a base for the faux wood finish I was going to do.

After a light sanding with a high grit sanding pad to make it buttery smooth and a little distressing around the edges, I sealed the whole piece with 2 coats of Clear Coat satin.

Faux Light Wood Top

The top is done with the same technique I’ve been using a lot lately, but using different products. I like to cut an applicator pad in half and use it to quickly apply a coat of No Pain Gel Stain over the whole top. For this finish, I used the color American Honey.

Using a 4″ deck brush, pull the brush across the whole top end-to-end. Do this step quickly, but as many times as you like until you have the texture you want. If you make any mistakes, you can smooth it back out with the applicator pad and start brushing again.

Then do the same dragging technique with a whisk broom. This step will really bring the faux wood grain home.

The color of the top was a little dark for me, so to lighten it I mixed some of the new Voodoo Gel Stain Au Naturel with satin Clear Coat. The ratio was about 3 parts clear coat with 1 part stain. I apply this quickly to the whole top with a brush, and then with a dampened blue applicator sponge I smooth the clear coat end to end.

I like to use the sponge for the last step to remove any brush strokes and make it nice and even and smooth.

Painted Entertainment Center – Stenciling on Glass

My client wanted a farmhouse stencil on the glass. I found this one at JoAnn Fabrics and I painted it using Silk Oyster paint, since it has the primer and top coat built in. On my first attempt, the stencil came out a little blurry around the edges. I was able to scrape it off with a razor blade, and on my second try I used spray adhesive to adhere the stencil.

Because I am no pro at painting on glass (I don’t think I’ll do this again!), I used a small exacto knife to clean up any areas that weren’t sharp.

Then I spray painted the hardware with black spray paint, and re-installed it.

This project really took me back to the good ole days. I hope you enjoyed it too! Please remember to Pin this project for inspiration!

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4 thoughts on “Painted Entertainment Center Transformation”

    • Thanks so much, Linda! It was definitely more neutral than I’m used to, but still pretty in the end. xo, Shannon


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