Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Cabinet

Upstyled Toy Cabinet BeforeI found this dated entertainment center at Goodwill for only $12.99, and saw the potential. With the popularity of flats screen TV’s, there are a lot of pieces like this no longer serving their original purpose. I saw how this piece could be converted into toy storage for our kid’s play room.

The molding and cabinet doors would add character to a painted, glazed, and distressed look. But the composite wood on the sides was showing wear and was missing in places along the back edges of the sides.  A shelf was missing for the top compartment.  And the back of the piece was also in bad shape.

I used Durhams Water Putty to fill in where press board was missing.  Durhams comes as a powder to be mixed with water, and I like how nice and hard it shapes up.  Before putting in on, I applied a thin layer of wood glue over the damaged wood to insure the Durhams stays in place.  I then put on 2-3 layers of Durhams on until it was built up to fill the missing press board.  After sanding, it was ready for painting.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetI cut a piece of bead board I had on hand to fit the back area up top. I also cut to size birch cabinet plywood for the missing shelf for the upper compartment.  I primed then painted the piece using a $5 oops can of Lowe’s premium Valspar paint, a white with a slight yellow tint.

Then with Tea-stained Glaze on the bead board as well as the entertainment center, the piece came to life.  The antiqued white look almost has a glow to it from the slight yellow found in the paint.  I honestly couldn’t believe how much of an upgrade we had on our hands!

Next came painting the play room with my wife one late night while the kids were asleep.  We applied “Harvester”, a Sherwin Williams yellow with a slight hint of orange.  It looks like Colorado aspens in fall!

The next day, we introduced the toy cabinet to it’s new home.  The antiqued white of the cabinet, with it’s bright underlying yellow, is a great combination with the new color of the play room.

Entertainment Center Repurposed into Toy Storage CabinetWith our piece, we love how the lower cabinet fits both toys and puzzles, keeping our play room more tidy.  We also like how it works great for books, and can make for a decorative touch–like the fun family photos yet to be put on it.

So our playroom got an upgrade both in color and with toy storage.  The cabinet replaced one of the red shelves I wrote about recently.  Those shelves, along with this toy cabinet,  demonstrate how resourcefulness and creativity can produce great looking pieces that add character and warmth to your home–however big or small it is.

Stay tuned for how we plan to decorate the room.  We’ll be taking an old wood crib headboard, with great molded canes, and the matching side rail to create an artwork display for our kids, and a display of places we have friends serving around the world.  Paint colors for the old crib pieces yet to be determined!

 

Repurposed Toy Cabinet - Before & After

 

Chunky Buffet in Dark Brown & Antiqued White – Before & After

This beat up old buffet was given a whole new life with paint, glaze and distressing.

Refinished in Antiqued White, Tobacco glaze was used to accent the side surfaces.

The top was painted a deep orange, and then Black glaze was brushed on thick to replicate a dark stained look. 

The original pulls were reused on the piece.

For more inspiration, visit our Buffets & Hutches – Before & After collection.

 

Ornate Chest in Distressed Antiqued White – Before & After

Ornate chest of drawers in distressed Antiqued White - Before & After from Facelift Furniture

This old ornate chest of drawers of was given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing

The chest was painted Antiqued White, with Tobacco Glaze providing an aged look and accenting the ornate detail.

Distressing revealed the original wood tones, while the original pulls provided a throw back to the original design.

For more inspiration, visit our Chests of Drawers – Before & After collection. 

Maple Hutch in Distressed Antiqued White – Before & After

Maple Hutch in distressed Antiqued White - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis small maple hutch was given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Antiqued White, Tea Stained Glaze was use to accent the piece. 

Distressing drew out the original wood tones, providing even greater definition.

For more inspiration, visit our Hutches, Cabinets & Buffets collection. 

Vanity in Distressed Antiqued White – Before & After

This beat up old vanity was given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Antiqued White, Tobacco Glaze was used to accent the wood grain and the molding.

Light distressing popped out the original wood tones, while the original pulls provided a throw back to the original design. 

For more inspiration, visit our Desks & Vanities – Before & After collection. Or visit our Dressers – Before & After collection!

French Provincial Chest in Antiqued White – Before & After

Antiqued White French Chest - Before & AfterFrench provincial furniture pieces are perfect candidates for the new life paint, glaze and distressing provide. 

This French chest was refinished in Antiqued White, with Tea Stained Glaze providing a subtle antiqued look. 

Light distressing drew out the original wood tones, while the original pulls provided a throw back to the original design of the chest of drawers. 

For more inspiration and ideas, visit our Bedroom Furniture – Before & After collection. 

Grandfather Clock in Antiqued White – Before & After

Antiqued White Grandfather Clock - Before & AfterThis grandfather clock was given a whole new life with paint, glaze and distressing.

Refinished in Antiqued White, light Tobacco Glaze added to the antiqued look. Light distressing drew out the original wood tones.

For more inspiration, visit out Living & Dining Room Furniture – Before & After collection.