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For the last two months, I’ve been so busy! Of course I was busy because of the holidays, but I also have started about half a dozen DIY projects that I’m now finally getting on top of in the new year. This week I finished up a great furniture makeover for my daughter’s new room. As you may remember, I’m redesigning our basement and I’m also expecting another baby in April (yay!). This means my daughter Lily, who’s 4th birthday is TODAY, has a new bedroom. As our family grows, it was time to say goodbye to spaces in our home that weren’t used as often and turn them into sleeping spaces. My craft room has now officially become Lily’s bedroom. I’m not quite ready for the whole room reveal, but today you’ll get a sneak peak of what’s in store as I share my entertainment center to closet makeover!
So you know Facebook has those garage sale sites, right? They are basically just a non-anonymous Craigslist. Well, I picked up an old tube TV entertainment center off there for $10 including delivery. I waited around for a few months to see if I could get something that would work for free, but no such luck. I actually bought this from a woman I went to high school with — I hope she’s impressed with what became of it!
So it was basically one of those assemble yourself, MDF pieces that I try to avoid acquiring. I decided I was happy with this piece because my daughter can use and abuse it like kids do and I won’t care too much.
The first thing I did was wipe it down to clean off dirt and dust. Then I removed the back panels with the cable holes in them by wedging a screwdriver between them and prying them off.
I removed all the hardware and the glass door. I took out all the shelves and caulked the holes for ones I would never use in the future.
Next, I began the painting process with my favorite Rust-Oleum primer. As you can see, I was working indoors, so I propped the furniture onto 2 by 6’s and was careful to open windows and fan out the toxic air after each paint coat.
While waiting for coats of paint to dry, I transformed a piece of the black cardboard backing that went behind the shelving part of the unit. All I did was cover it in wedding wrapping paper with white & silver stripes. It turned out great!
For the glass door, I really wanted to turn it into a mirror somehow. I looked for multiple ways to do this, but they were all quite expensive and yielded less than desirable results. I got the idea to use one of those cheap $5 mirrors from Walmart and break it so it was the right length. I fortunately had one that I had picked up at a garage sale for $1 I was willing to take a gamble on. I read about breaking a mirror using a scoring tool, a metal square, clamps, and a clean surface. It didn’t turn out so well for me, but I think it’s because I couldn’t clean off all the glue on the back of the mirror so it interfered with the break.
Anyways, I ended up with a ragged edge that I sealed with clear nail polish and decided I would frame in wood casing to cover my mistake. I used this heavy duty adhesive similar to liquid nails to glue the mirror to the glass door of the entertainment center.
I also glued on the wood casing (purchased and cut to size at Home Depot) with the same adhesive glue. When the glue was dry, I brought the glass door outside to spray paint the back so you couldn’t see through to my hideous glue marks and mirror mistake. Then I touched up with paint and reattached the glass door to the entertainment center.
My finished entertainment center to closet makeover project looked something like this…
She does own more clothes than gray, I just thought a neutral color scheme showed off the furniture better. As you can see, I installed an adjustable closet rod where the old tube TV used to go. I did have to cut the metal rod slightly shorter to fit inside. The wood casing completely camouflaged my mirror mistake on the glass door. I think it looks great and very chic!
The drawers at the bottom hold pajamas and socks & underwear.
Inside the mirrored door, you find bins to hold more clothes or toys. At the bottom is a hamper I found at IKEA for laundry. I’m so glad I spray painted the back of the door so you couldn’t see through to the glued on casing and mirror! I also am very pleased with how my wrapping paper looks on the old backing.
Most importantly, my little girl loves her new closet!
She especially enjoys having a full length mirror just her size!
So the breakdown of costs for this project are as follows:
Entertainment center (delivery included): $10
Wood casing (more expensive at Home Depot, but they cut it to size for me!) $7.83
Liquid adhesive for glass: $2.50
White spray paint: $3.87
Mirror from garage sale: $1
Closet rod from garage sale: $1 (This similar two-pack is pretty cheap if you want to try this project for yourself!)
Primer & paint were leftover at my local HHW facility: free
The total for this entertainment center to closet makeover was only $26.20!
Please share with your friends if you enjoyed this idea! Have you ever seen a cool idea for an entertainment center redo? These pieces of furniture are becoming obsolete, what creative ways have you seen them used?
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