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From tired to trendy: how mom transformed an old IKEA TV cabinet from Facebook Marketplace into a beautiful statement piece

  • A smart woman has transformed an old IKEA TV cabinet into a beautiful closet
  • The mother of four found the device for free and sold her craft for $250
  • She sanded back the wooden top and painted the body in a beautiful sage green
  • Have you done any stylish DIY flips? Email Louise.Allingham@mailonline.com


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A smart mom shared how she turned an old IKEA TV cabinet into a super-stylish closet.

Mother of four Ebony Basten, from the Gold Coast, Queensland, turned the unit over by sanding it down to expose the natural wood on the top, painting the body a beautiful sage green and adding stylish hardware.

She found the old device for free on Facebook Marketplace and used her clever DIY skills to turn a profit by selling the new and improved cabinet for $250.

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The smart mom found the old unit (left) for free on Facebook Marketplace and used her DIY skills to turn a profit by selling the new and improved cabinet (right) for $250

The smart mom found the old unit (left) for free on Facebook Marketplace and used her DIY skills to turn a profit by selling the new and improved cabinet (right) for $250

Ebony began by using a belt sander to rip the black paint off the top and legs, exposing the natural wood underneath, and an orbital sander to sand the body to prepare it for painting.

She then sealed the top and legs with two coats of clear polyurethane and applied paintable wallpaper from Bunnings to the front of the drawers for added texture.

After prime the body with Dulux’s maximum strength adhesive primer and coated with three coats of olive leaf green paint.

Ebony used a belt sander to rip the black paint off the top and legs, exposing the natural wood underneath

Ebony used a belt sander to rip the black paint off the top and legs, exposing the natural wood underneath

Then she sealed the top and legs with two coats of clear polyurethane

Then she sealed the top and legs with two coats of clear polyurethane

Ebony used a belt sander to rip the black paint off the top and legs, exposing the natural wood underneath, then sealed the top and legs with two coats of clear polyurethane

After priming the body with Dulux's maximum strength adhesive primer and coating with three coats of olive leaf green paint

After priming the body with Dulux's maximum strength adhesive primer and coating with three coats of olive leaf green paint

After priming the body with Dulux’s maximum strength adhesive primer and coating with three coats of olive leaf green paint

For the handles, Ebony has made two trendy leather pulls from scratch.

She folded over two strips of leather and fastened them to the front of the drawers with a few screws.

The frugal mom’s video has garnered more than 233,700 views and hundreds of comments.

How the frugal mom refurbished an old IKEA closet

– Clean the device and remove old hardware

– Fill damage with poly wood filler

– Sand the top and legs with a Makita belt sander to remove the paint

– Scruff sand the body with Makita orbital sander

– Seal the top and legs with two coats of Cabots Clear Polyurethane

– Apply paintable wallpaper from Bunnings to the front of the drawers

– Use the cover belt moldings to build the frames for the edge of the drawers

– Tape the top and legs with Frog Tape to protect them from primer and paint

– Prime the body with Dulux Precision Maximum Strength Adhesion Primer

– Paint the bossy with three coats of ‘Olive leaf’ paint from Dulux

– Take two leather straps for the handles, fold them over and fasten them to the front of the drawers with a screw

The woman made stylish handles by folding over two strips of leather and fastening them to the front of the drawers with a few screws

The woman made stylish handles by folding over two strips of leather and fastening them to the front of the drawers with a few screws

The woman made stylish handles by folding over two strips of leather and fastening them to the front of the drawers with a few screws

“It’s almost worth buying the cabinet from IKEA and doing this!” replied a woman.

“You have such a great eye for design and color, GREAT work, love it,” added another.

Ebony has many videos about her DIY projects for her own home and to sell.

She said she hopes to make a business turning over furniture when her youngest daughter starts school next year.

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