There is an abundance of old oak entertainment centers on this planet. They don’t fit our new sleek, plasma screen TV’s, so what do we do with them all?
Here’s what I’ve done with a few:
I repurposed one into a child’s play kitchen for my twin girls on Christmas. Check out the original blog post here.
For the tower type of entertainment centers made with mongo huge projector style TV’s, how about splitting them up into book shelf/display cases? We just removed the center pieces with the 3 down lights and kept the lights–now face up! I had this set up for 3 days, then my hubby sold them. Furniture is sooooo transitory in our home!
And finally for the style with a flat base we’re turning it into a bench.
Here is my volunteer piece before:
I used my mini circular saw to cut both side right level with the base. The middle piece was screwed in, so I unscrewed it easily. And, Huh, please don’t judge my cutting job. The tutorial on “how to not make a hack job of your wood working project by not starting it when you’re light years past tired” will be coming soon . . . Also known as “10 reasons I love wood filler”.
I missed the picture of the wood filler drying but you can find my tutorial on wood filling here:
Next I added 4 supports on the outside edges and 2 in the middle so the new bench could hold the weight of people sitting on it. And possible jumping/flipping/spring boarding/or otherwise training for the junior Olympics.
Sand that baby smooth with some 120 grit sandpaper, add a coat of Aubusson Blue color Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and a finish of Old White tinted Soft Wax, new knobs and you’re done! I got this entertainment center for $17.50–which I thought was pricey, but I liked the simple mission style lines. These come up free all the time on Craigslist in my area. We LOVE free!