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

 

Retro Cabinet in Distressed Sea Blue – Before & After

This retro cabinet with its bold features and large pulls was given a whole new look with paint, glaze and distressing.

Refinished in Sea Blue, the top has heavy black glaze brushed on the top. Black glaze was also used to accent the molding on the doors.

Distressing revealed the original wood tones, and white primer.

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

Distressed Off White Cabinet with Tobacco Glaze – Before & After

Distressed Off White Cabinet with Tobacco Glaze - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis custom built cabinet was given a whole new life with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Off White, Tobacco colored glaze was used to accent the molding

Light distressing popped out the original wood tones. A new pull was added to the door to add to the look. 

Go here to learn about the primer used on the top formica surface

For more inspiration, visit our Cabinets – Before & Aftercollection.

 

Cabinet in Distressed Off White with Tobacco Glaze – Before & After

Cabinet in Distressed Off White with Tobacco Glaze - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis custom built cabinet was given a whole new look with paint, glaze and distressing

Refinished in Off White, Tobacco colored glaze was used to accent the molding

Light distressing popped out the original wood tones. A new pull was added to the door to add to the look. 

Go here to learn about the primer used on the top formica surface

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

Vintage Cabinet in Distressed Sea Blue with Black Glaze

Vintage cabinet in distressed Sea Blue with Black Glaze - from the Facelift Furniture DIY blogThis vintage cabinet was given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing.

Refinished in Sea Blue, all the detail was accented with Black Glaze.

Distressing reveals white primer and original wood tones.

The large original pulls were reused to provide a throw back to the original design.

Go HERE to see the Before & After of this cabinet!

Maple Cabinet in Distressed Barn Red & Black Glaze – Before & After

Worn out vintage maple cabinet given a new life in Barn Red & Black Glaze - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureWeary and worn, this vintage maple cabinet took on a whole new look with paint, glaze and distressing.

The cabinet was refinished in Barn Red, with Black Glaze accenting the molding and providing a weathered look to the new color.

Distressing revealed both the white primer and original wood tones, providing extra pop and contrast to the paint and glaze.

New pulls were added, with crystal knobs placed on the two bottom doors!

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

Vintage Buffet in Distressed Sea Blue & Off White – Before & After

Mid-Century buffet given a new life in Sea Blue & Off White - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureThis mid-century buffet was beyond it’s prime with pealing veneer around the drawers. The remainder of the veneer was removed, and the entire piece was given a new look with paint, glaze and distressing.

Refinished in Off White, Sea Blue and Black Glaze, the piece popped back to life.

Distressing revealed the original wood tone and primer. The original pulls provided a throw back to the original design.