Friday, June 10, 2011

Repurposing an Old Entertainment Center

The trouble with moving into a new home - your old furniture doesn't always fit. We had a ginormous entertainment center with no place to go, so, we gave it a makeover.

Step 1. Removed the hardware and the sliding doors on the TV cabinet.

Step 2. Added a piece of 3/4 inch plywood to the back of the unit because the orginal had holes for the cable wires.

Step 3. Cut a 3/4 inch piece for a shelf. After staining the plywood to match the orginal color, I expertimented with wax technique to give it an aged look. I added the wax to the corners of the hutch as well as random areas throughout.

Step 4. Painted the unit with Behr flat matte Chianti (it was only appropriate) and then rubbed all the wax off with an old rag.

Step 5. Secured wine glass holders to the top from Bed Bath and Beyond and added a wine bottle rack below the shelf.

Step 6. Threw some lights on the top and it was complete.

*Here is the before and after.

Repurposing an old entertainment center

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  1. WOW this is an awesome project (love that the paint color is chianti, btw!) - seriously innovative, and it looks fantastic with the distressing. i am super excited to see whatever you decide to tackle next!

  2. Thanks Sarah. We knew we would get more use out of the furniture this way! Will post pics of the side shelves reincarnated very soon.

  3. Wow, you guys are good!! Love that distressed/aged look.

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