This project took place back when there was no blog, no reason to closely document before and afters. Afters weren’t hard. My husband was so proud of the project he snapped afters and texted them to his parents. Befores were a little harder to come by. I dug through the photos and cropped a few and came up with this:
- One piece of plywood cut to size (however big the piece of furniture is).
- We used the left over to create the three vertical pieces. The center piece offers support and makes for a nice little divider. We decided how to tall to make it based on our cable box and DVD player.
- Attach three vertical pieces to the top using L-brackets.
- Dress it up by adding some trim. We used left over trim (free) and attached it using a pin gun.
- (optional) In this case my husband added trim to the bottom of the base with a pin gun to cover up the scroll stuff we weren’t loving.
- Paint the top (you just built) and bottom (the existing piece of furniture) to give it a cohesive look.
- Attach the unit you built to your furniture with a brackets on the back side. This will keep the top in place, but allows you to take it off without damaging the furniture. This way if you decide you want the dresser to be a dresser and not a T.V. stand you just unscrew the bracket and voila! You have your dresser back.
- (optional) If your piece has hardware replace it. We changed the handles to update the look.
I don’t know about you guys, but I was shocked at how pricey an entertainment center can be. This means any rummage sale find, craigslist score or stored away piece of furniture can have a new life, a second chance.
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