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 TVs. 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.
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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 two shelves.
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.
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, ensuring they are at the same height and level. Use screws to attach. Caution: Make sure your screws are the proper length. They should be long enough to secure securely but not so long as they come through your cabinet’s exterior.
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 only have a few select pieces 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, and bracelets for easy access; 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 fingertips.
I used 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 it.
Lingerie Cabinet Essentials
Another great use of the repurposed TV cabinet is to store lingerie, leggings, camisoles, pajamas, socks, and loungewear.
The three small drawers are perfect for small items, and the shelving is great for t-shirts, leggings, camisoles, etc.
I decided to leave the original back on my cabinet. It has a cord access, and you see the three horizontal holes in the back. You may prefer to replace your backing with a single sheet of lightweight plywood.
Or you can just cover the back with a convenient mirror. This thrift store mirror brightens the interior of the cabinet and provides a quick check of my hair or accessories before heading out the door.
A folding lingerie bin helps to keep items organized as well.
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.
When I was planning my master bathroom, the TV Cabinet was factored into the design.
At first, I thought it would be a linen cabinet, but once in the farmhouse, I decided it needed a particular purpose, and it worked great for all my special items.
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