Buffet to Media Center

Would you believe that this:

Started out looking like this?

I love before and after photos because you can really see the fruits of your labor!

We have a long and narrow family room and needed a cabinet to hold the dvd player and dvd's. I couldn't find the right size of media center anywhere at the store or online. Then I realized that the size and height of the space was perfect for a "buffet" cabinet. I found this one for $20 on craigslist.

I haven't ever refinished anything before so I was nervous about how "little" this project was going to be. But I was also excited to give it a try. I figured if it didn't work out, I was only out $20, right?

Sanding the top smooth and a coat of primer took one Saturday. Then 2 coats of paint, and a board nailed to the bottom of the sides on the next Saturday brought it to this:
(The funny lines on the left of the cabinet are just a reflection from the tv).

It's just the "pop" of red I was hoping for in that room.

The drawers are perfect for holding dvds and when we need the player, we just crack open the door on the side.

And it goes great with the new pillow slip-covers that I just finished. One {Little Project} at a time...our house is finally coming together!


  1. The lines on your cabinet are really cool and retro. I love it! Good job:)

  2. Thats a real good job you've done. Now if only there was a solution to these horrid wires running all over the place from the tv (we have the same problem), how cool it'd look!


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