This whole quarantine-stay at home order has driven us to remodel what feels like the entire house! How else do you keep yourself busy?!
Also taking new tv show recommendations….
We loved our original entertainment center/TV hutch but over the years its taken a few beatings. This thing even traveled across the country with us to Memphis, Tennessee after college when we were chasing a new adventure. Now its regularly covered in baby goo.. although that will probably never change we thought it would only be right to give our trusty entertainment center a little refresh!
Farmhouse Entertainment Center Makeover:
- Our Cost: $180
- Purchasing a New Furniture Piece: $1,600
- Savings: $1,420
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WHAT WE USED FOR OUR FARMHOUSE ENTERTAINMENT CENTER MAKEOVER:
- Miter Saw
- Table Saw
- 2×4 for interior framing
- Wooster Paint Brush
- 1X6 for the new top
- 1.5 Inch Screws
- Wood Filler
- Speed Square
We’re here to show you that with a little wood, some fresh paint and a few power tools you can turn that old piece of furniture into something brand new. From the beginning we knew we wanted a larger statement piece in our secondary living room/kids play room. A farmhouse style entertainment center that we could hide those kids toys in so our house didn’t constantly look like a disaster! Below is our solution, we figured we had nothing to lose if it didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to. After all it is 10 years old..
STEP ONE: FRAMING
Okay Okay excuse the mess!
The first thing we did was remove the shelves, doors and the old scuffed top. We were able to reuse about 90% of the original wood, that $$ saved!
We repurposed the top of the original hutch into the brown base you see on either side. With a little paint you couldnt even tell. After that we began the framing.
We started with the base which was structurally built out of 2×4 with cross beams for support. The purpose of this was to increase the height of the entertainment hutch. The bigger, better and wider statement piece aspect we were going for. We then covered the framed 2×4 with a higher quality 1×6 that would later be painted.
The Sides, shelves and backer board of the hutch were made from plywood. We highly recommend using a step up from the normal plywood as it makes a huge difference when painting. We used 3/4 inch pressed redwood plywood which is more expensive BUT totally worth it.
For the top of the entertainment hutch we used 3-1×6 boards stacked side by side. Again we were going for that farmhouse shiplap look so decided this would be the best bet.
After the framing was done we made sure to use a wood filler to fill in the nooks and crannies to make sure our piece looked as professional as possible. DONT SKIP THIS STEP!!! After a light sanding we were ready for paint!
STEP TWO: PAINTING
Now for the fun part & the home stretch! PAINT!!
choosing the proper paint is so so important and I’m not just talking about the color. We chose Behr Premium Semi Gloss mainly because this is a thick yet durable paint that is completely cleanable- remember we have lots of baby goo!!
We also used a higher quality paint brush. We love to wooster brand of brushes we find that they leave very few brush marks and never ever shed. Using a good paint and a good paint brush is worth the few extra bucks. That’s how you transform a home DIY project into something that looks professionally done.
Instead of looking for a brand new piece of furniture, with a little love & paint you can transform that old entertainment center piece into a brand new farmhouse entertainment center!! If this pandemic has given us one thing.. its time.. to reimagine and recreate!
STEP THREE: DECORATING
This to me is the best part of any project! I am constantly rearranging our decor to freshen things up. Below are some of my favorite must have decor items that translate to every season.