How to Reuse Entertainment Centers

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With the advent of flatscreen televisions mounted on the wall, your entertainment center may seem no longer useful. However, entertainment centers tend to have several shelves and drawers, so these units make ideal storage pieces. All you need is a little ingenuity and some hardware supplies to breathe new life into your center.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Tape measure
  • Wooden clothing rod
  • Saw
  • Closet rod mounting cups
  • Rolling chair
  • Decals (optional)
  • Decorative baskets
  • Particle board
  • Chalkboard paint

Armoire

  • Remove the television shelf. If the entertainment center has a slider that enables the television shelf to be moved in and out, also remove the slider.

  • Measure the width of the television shelf and use a saw to cut a wooden clothing rod to this measurement.

  • Paint the interior and exterior of the center to give it a completely new look.

  • Screw closet rod mounting cups -- which you can purchase at a home improvement store -- to the inside of the unit. Insert the clothing rod into the mounting cups and hang clothing on the rod.

  • Use shelves and drawers to store shoes, folded items and accessories.

Office Space

  • Place a computer on the shelf that is designed to hold the television. If you're using a laptop, the entire unit should fit on top of the shelf. If you're using a desk top computer, place all the components on the shelf, if they'll fit; if all the components won't fit, place the monitor and keyboard on the shelf and the hard drive next to or on top of the entertainment center.

  • Use the drawers and shelves as storage spaces for files, books and various office supplies.

  • Keep a rolling chair nearby to make it using the office space easy and comfortable.

Child's Storage Unit

  • Paint the center in colors that match the color scheme of your child's room -- you can also add decals or designs such as polka dots, stripes or stars.

  • Fill decorative baskets with toys and slide them into open shelves. Use the unit's drawers to store craft supplies or anything else that may not have a neat appearance.

  • Measure the area designed to house the television and cut a piece of particle board to fit the dimensions. Paint the particle board with chalkboard paint. Hang the new chalkboard over the opening for the television, providing your child with a space to express her creativity.

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