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You might feel that your entertainment center has seen its better days, but we promise that there are brighter ones to come for it in another room or, perhaps, in the same room with just a new coat of paint. If you’d like to do your part in avoiding human overconsumption and environmental irresponsibility, try these 5 great ways to repurpose an entertainment center. You’ll be surprised at how beneficial it just might be to keep an old friend around.
Re-crafting your dusty entertainment center into a usable kitchen nook might be the best organizing tool you’ve come up with since hanging your keys by the front door.
To begin shore up any wayward doors that may need re-screwing. Open the cabinet doors and line the back panel with some wallpaper. While you’re back there, go ahead and glue either cork or marker boards on the inside of the cabinet doors. Throw on a coat of paint or shellac to the bottom shelf to protect your laptop. Designate one drawer for bills to pay and another for those paid. You can even use this space to house speakers that sound your favorite music or cooking shows while dinner is being made.
Birds in Paradise
Paradise is a stretch, but that old entertainment center just might do the trick in creating your very own mini-aviary world.
Keep the birds out of this for now, and gut the entire inside of the piece of furniture, including all of the panels that once accommodated late night re-runs. Staple chicken wire in place of the panels and install latches for safe, easy closure. Now you can create your bird haven, complete with perches, toys and feeding containers.
Bonus: If your entertainment center has a drawer that pulls out from the bottom, remove the floor above it, line the drawer with newspaper and voilà! There’s your easy cleaning solution.
Rather than purchasing a large hunk of toxic, off-gassing plastic for your kids to play in, transform your wooden entertainment center into the ideal play-kitchen.
Create a blank canvas for yourself by sanding and painting the entire unit white with non-Volatile Organic Compound paint. Now, you can get creative. Draw a shabby chic plaid curtain along the top. Cut out wood circles and paint em’ black to represent a stovetop. Fill the surrounding shelves with old pots, pans and canned goods. Bam! You are now a super parent (until your kid becomes a teen).
Need help organizing detergent, storing linens and keeping your laundry room from looking like a truck just backed into it? Then drag in that teetering entertainment center for a repurpose that makes life’s chores a bit more manageable.
Spruce up the unit with some paint, removing and repairing shelving as you touch them up. Now you’re able to hide the many detergent and fabric softener containers, nicely stack folded towels and maybe even add a vase of flowers now and again to remind yourself of the good work.
Drink it Up
An old entertainment center can be turned into the most handsome bar.
Start by painting this bad boy in your favorite hue. Then, remove the bottom shelves and re-fit diagonally. This should create two apparent ‘X’s, one set atop the other. In these spaces wine and liquor bottles can lie on their side. You can even hang a glass holder from the ceiling of the entertainment center and get clever with other glass and bar accouterments.
Stop dumping usable items! These 5 great ways to repurpose an entertainment center are prime examples of how to stop participating in an unhealthy, disposable society and start contributing to the solution.