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How To Make A Jewelry Cabinet or Lingerie Cabinet from TV Cabinet

Repurposed TV Cabinet gets a new life.

Do you have one of those TV Cabinets that you no longer own a TV that’s small enough to fit inside? This is how you can easily make it into a Jewelry Cabinet or Lingerie Cabinet by repurposing it.

We invested in a gorgeous solid cherry TV cabinet back in the day of small TV’s. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture and I couldn’t part with it when we downsized. However, it would never be a TV cabinet again.

Y’all know I love painted furniture but I couldn’t put a brush to this great finish.

Old TV Cabinet Repurposed.

Repurpose TV Cabinet as a Jewelry Cabinet and/or Lingerie Cabinet

One of the first things you will need to do is add shelving to the TV area.

Our cabinet had slides built into the side for the doors to recess back inside the cabinet while watching TV. Those worked perfectly as brackets for adding 2 shelves.

Add shelving and jewelry organizers to make the repurposed TV Cabinet work for lingerie storage

We were fortunate because the cabinet has built in drawers and shelving at the bottom, however additional shelving may be needed at the bottom of some cabinets.

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How to add shelving to a TV Cabinet

If you don’t have built in brackets, you can easily add a 2 x 2 board to each side of your cabinet for the shelves to rest upon. Just measure the depth of your cabinet and cut your boards to fit.

Attach from the inside, making sure that they are at the same height and are level. Use screws to attach. Caution: Make sure your screws are the proper length. They should be long enough to attach securely but not so long that they come through the exterior of your cabinet.

Then cut the shelving boards to rest on the 2×2 brackets. You can customize the depth of your boards to meet your needs. I used a single board at the top and two boards for the lower shelf.

One other caution: Be sure to finish your shelving boards with paint or sealer to provide a smooth surface. This is especially important if you are storing delicate undies. A raw board may have splinters that would pick and damage your delicate lingerie.

Add Jewelry Storage for Jewelry Cabinet

I previously had a large jewelry collection but I now only have a few select pieces that I wear regularly. I do have several pieces that I like to keep for special occasions. I store those pieces in an inexpensive stackable drawer inside the jewelry cabinet.

In addition, I utilize the jewelry cabinet doors as hangers for my regularly used jewelry. This keeps those pieces easily accessible when getting dressed.

I like this inexpensive stackable drawer for my special occasion jewelry.

I used two different wall mount racks for arranging my accessories. The one above holds earrings, rings, bracelets for easy access and you can see the details here.

Handbag Storage in Jewelry Cabinet

The Jewelry Cabinet also has room for all my handbags and totes. I keep special occasion bags in a tote box, however I like to have my everyday items at my finger tips.

I use the smaller upper shelve for smaller bags and added a simple inexpensive book holder to keep them in place.

Another tip to keep handbags stored neatly is to wrap the handle around the bag to secure.

there's room in the Jewelry Cabinet for Handbags as well

Lingerie Cabinet Essentials

Another great use of the repurposed TV cabinet is to store lingerie, leggings, camisoles, pajamas, socks and lounge wear.

The three small drawers are perfect for small items and in addition, the shelving is great for t-shirts, legging, camisoles, etc.

If your cabinet doesn’t have the drawers, you can easily add baskets or storage containers to hold your delicate lingerie.

Repurposed Cabinet hold jewelry and lingerie for the perfect Lingerie Cabinet and Jewelry Cabinet

I decided to leave the original back on my cabinet. It has the cord access which are the three horizontal holes you see in the back. You may prefer to replace your backing with a single sheet of light weight plywood.

The Jewelry Cabinet and/or Lingerie Cabinet is conveniently located in our master bathroom. It is beside the laundry and across from the master closet, which makes getting dressed a simple process. In addition, storing freshly laundered items, back where they belong, is only a step away.

TV Cabinet repurposed as a Jewelry Cabinet and Lingerie Cabinet

When I was planning my master bathroom, the TV Cabinet was factored in to the design.

At first I thought it would be a linen cabinet but once in the farmhouse, I decided it needed a special purpose and it works great for all my special items.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventures with you!

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Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 9th of January 2022

What a smart idea Rachel. I'm always using cabinets for storage around here.


Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Kim, I just couldn't part with that cabinet.


Saturday 8th of January 2022

I think it’s an awesome. I was thinking a mirror on the back would be a nice addition.


Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Thanks so much for your great idea. I appreciate your input.


Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Lisa, Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing your input.

Gail Cunningham

Thursday 6th of January 2022

I'm with you, I wouldn't be able to paint that gorgeous wood either! Quick question: after a bit of backtracking, I cannot find your pre-Christmas post about your landscape lighting...if you can please tell me the name of the company...I'm hoping against hope their sale is still on! Happy decorating, and a thank you in advance.


Friday 7th of January 2022

Gail, Thanks so much for stopping by and here's the link.

Elspeth Atkinson

Thursday 6th of January 2022

Such a great re-use!! Definitely not painting it was correct! It’s beautiful! Tiny suggestion: I would put a picture over the holes in the back. But you always have the best ideas. It’s really perfect!


Friday 7th of January 2022

Elspeth, That is such a clever idea. I'm looking for a print now.


Thursday 6th of January 2022

I love these old cabinets. I have one I painted that fits our huge LR and one in a bedroom used for clothes that I too couldn't paint. Yours is lovely Rachel BUT I can see it beautifully painted. too....ha! Working on organizing now so this helps..thanks for the inspiration:0)


Friday 7th of January 2022

Lori, I'm tempted but once I paint it, there's no going back to this gorgeous finish.