Re-purpose an Entertainment Center into a Dish Storage Cupboard

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When we set up the family dining room, we wanted a small entertainment center to hold the television. My preference is anything with doors, to close off the television when it is not being watched. We were very lucky and found one (for free, a very good price!) on Craigslist. The only problem? The previous owners did not like the doors and they were long gone......

But free is a very good price and we knew it would work until one we liked (with doors to cover up the TV when not in use) would be available. Fast forward a few months and we found one, a tall unit that fit the space very well and it has doors. Now what to do with the one we have? The obvious would be to offer it for free on Craigslist and we were going to do that until we looked on the site and everyone was offering a free entertainment center. With so many folks going to flat-screen televisions, there is a glut of free entertainment centers available. What to do....

The wood was lovely and even though it was a veneer over particle board it was still in very good shape. This unit also had a nice leaded glass door to the component storage and I have a serious fondness for leaded anything, so the thought of just cutting it up was unthinkable.......

"Hey Honey, I know why don't we make a dish storage cupboard out of the side with the leaded glass door?"   Now I have always been very honest about the whole we thing in this house. Often, Or usually , actually, pretty much always when I say we, it really means my dear husband........  But look at what we made!

How to Make a Dish Storage Cupboard from an entertainment center!

We are still putting things away, (note the yellow level to the left) but it holds a lot. This is a good thing because, with dishware for 12, we have a lot!

Each piece of furniture will be different, but basically, you need to do the following:

Remove the door

Remove the trim pieces

Cutaway the part you don't want

Re-attach the wheels

Sand and fill crevices

Re-attach trim, cut to fit

Stain to match

Let your wife fill it with dishes!

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  1. This cabinet turned out beautifully, Melynda, and you can never have too much dish storage space :)


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