China Cabinet to Entertainment Center

 The DIY Show Off

My biggest project yet and the best, I think.

Even though I haven’t purchased the new flat screen TV yet (yes, we still have an old square tube television) because I am saving up for it, I have been searching yard sales and Craigslist for a piece of furniture for the new TV once we do get it.  I was thinking of some kind of console/sofa table but wanted something with storage.  We live in a rented duplex and storage space is almost non-existent, so a  piece of furniture with extra storage is always useful. 

Then I was browsing in one of my favorite blogs Better After and saw this…

And this…

So, I thought…I can do that.  So I started looking for something and found this gem for $25!!! on Craigslist!  I forgot to take a picture before I started taking it apart, sorry I was excited to get started.
 
My kitty, Stink, got in the pic too.  This is a great, solid wood china cabinet.  The two side panels had this wood lattice stuff on the glass, which I removed before taking the picture, but here is what it looked like on my floor…
Unfortunately, the two side panels weren’t doors like I thought they were, they were stationary, so I had to rip them off.  Yikes, that was scary.  But, I figured I could cover what damage I did with some moulding or something, which I did. 
Yeah…not so pretty.  Then I primed the whole thing using Valspar Mult-Purpose Primer.  I didn’t even have to sand the glossy finish!  
Then I painted it with Valspar Satin Finish in Cincinnatian Hotel Ashley Atrium (a light blue).  My living room, which is a project in process, is chocolate and blue.  Here’s what it looked like before the I got the trim up.
After getting the trim on, which isn’t my best work, but it will do until I figure out how to use a miter saw and put proper moulding on, I took a sanding block to it and distressed the paint a little.
Here is the finished piece in place in my living room, just waiting for the television.  A 42″ will fit in it, but I will probably go with a 37″ to start with.  My living room is kinda small, so the 37″ will be just fine. 
As you can see, I left the shelf from the original piece just stained. Below, you can see how I distressed it. 
The hole you see is what I did for the power cords.  I need a better tool to make that hole a little bigger and cleaner.  My tools are limited. 
So, what do you think?  Total cost for this project was just about $60!!!  By the way…I saw a similar piece in Ballard Designs catalog for $1,800. 
Yeah, they are way over priced, but still, I think mine looks just as good and will look even better when I get that new television in there.  πŸ™‚
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10 thoughts on “China Cabinet to Entertainment Center

  1. That new cabinet is going to work wonderful for your someday new tv!! We did the same last year. We bought a cabinet for flat screen but used our old tv on it until we saved some $ for a new one!

  2. Wow, Gloria! You rocked this project! I love the color you chose! You go, girl! I discovered that Before & After site by accident a few weeks ago and it has inspired me to try to remake something. I went to three Habitat for Humanity Restores yesterday searching for something. I settled on a $15 chandelier (I figured I'd start small and work my way up). I want to paint it white and pale purple for my daughter's room. Also, in case you haven't discovered it yet…you HAVE to check out http://www.knock-offwood.com. You will be blown away! I promise! I had no interest in woodworking and then happened upon that site. I now have a sliding compound miter saw, nail gun, compressor and various other tools! I've even got three projects under my belt: two Pottery Barn inspired bookshelves, a Pottery Barn inspired media console, and a children's sized picnic table. I look forward to seeing more of your projects!

  3. It looks great!! So nice and fresh looking. πŸ™‚ You did a good job! I don't have a flat screen (yet) either. πŸ˜‰ I'm visiting from The CSI Project. My post was an older one– #5 on the list. πŸ™‚

  4. hiya , just came across you from kindness matters and i know this is an old post but i had to comment this is gorgeous , love the finish and the colour , well done on your first big project and i am following now and heading off to peek at the rest of your projects and ideas tfsxmaggiex

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