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« on: September 10, 2012 11:00:23 PM »

With the advent of flat screen TVs a lot of people are finding themselves stuck with a dinosaur in their home in the form of a large entertainment center.  The new rectangular shaped TVs won't usually fit into the older style cabinets.   We were part of that crowd ourselves & found it's almost impossible to get rid ours.  We considered putting extra shelves in it but don't really need another bookcase---& we did need a TV stand.

I found the solution.  Even tho we paid a fairly good price for it, our entertainment center was a knock down one that was only bolted/screwed together.  By taking it apart, we were able to salvage enough pieces to rebuild it as a TV stand for the new flat screen.   We actually used most of the top part with the feet from the bottom.  The boards from the outside of the bottom section became shelves.  We removed the wine racks & mirror. BTW, if breaking a mirror is bad luck for 7 years, if 2 people drop it, do they each get 7 years or is it divided between them (3&1/2 each)?  Perhaps they cancel each other out & neither has bad luck.

We spent most of the day working on it but we saved money by not having to buy another & we were able to get rid of most of the dinosaur.  It's a plus, too, that I don't have to get rid of the cabinet I liked so well.

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012 11:27:17 PM »

Well done on seeing the possibility in the old piece.  It looks very good and you still have the storage shelves etc.  I would just have turned it into a bookcase - but then I am sadly in want of shelves for our books.
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2012 05:31:37 AM »

Yeah, we did the same thing for a couple of reasons:

a. My husband didn't want to haul the thing out of the den.

b. We saw how much a new fangled one made for flat screens would cost.

c. My husband wanted the reclaimed wood for something.

I like this idea a lot, almost as much as the pattern where people use the old entertainment center and repurpose it as a kids toy kitchen. I am hoping to make one for my niece. I still see the discarded entertainment centers out on the curb, someday I will grab one!

I has a pinterest: http://pinterest.com/cdeeeek/

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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2012 11:02:30 AM »

I like it.
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2012 06:53:58 AM »

SmileyThis is so nice. I was looking at it a little more and with a little adjustment it looks like it could be changed into a computer desk. It's a shame that many years ago my mom and dad had an Olympic stereo/ tv combo made of walnut that is the shape of your finished product. He didn't have an idea what to do with it although he did wood working. It's unfortunate that it went to the dumpster back in the seventies.
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