Repurposing an Outdated Entertainment Unit.


We are firm believers in recycling, repurposing and reusing. We also love mid century modern furniture, particularly teak. The days of entertainment units, which were so popular in the last couple of decades, has ended, mostly because TVs are so much bigger and don't fit.
We have already several pieces of Danish mid century teak furniture, including a table, chairs, wall unit and sideboard, all pieces have been picked up at second hand stores, garage sales or thrift shops. We have been looking for a coffee table to match the rest of our furniture but had no success.
We live in a small cottage so size of coffee table was restricted to what would fit in our space. We found this solid teak entertainment unit at a garage sale and husband thought he could certainly get enough material from it to make a coffee table, so we offered them $25 and hauled it home. It was really heavy to move!!!!
Unit with drawers removed
Unit before we took it apart
We started by making a plan of the size and style of the table we wanted. Then it was time to take the old unit apart and salvage as much as we could.
Living in a very small cottage we are always in need of storage space, we decided to keep the drawer section as we had a space it would fit in perfectly, just at the top of the stairs. It came out quite easily and was a perfect fit.
Drawers in place at top of stairs.
Next step husband started to cut the pieces for the coffee table, he managed to save the part with the sliding doors, all he needed was a couple of pieces for the side and we had a self standing TV stand with tamboured doors, nice.
TV stand with tamboured doors, great storage.
Next step was putting together the coffee table. It's perfect, fits the room great and is in the mid century modern style we like. The pieces were cut on a table saw and glued and nailed together with finishing nails . All the pieces were oiled with teak oil and buffed with a dry cloth.
Coffee table, it has a shelf for books etc.
We still had lots of wood left, so husband decided to make a hence for storing our shoes for the entrance way. Extra bonus we weren't counting on.
Entrance way bench
We are so pleased with our $25 purchase and all the great pieces of furniture we now have, in our favourite style. We managed to keep this piece out of the landfill, a small step but every little helps in reducing our carbon footprint and saving our beautiful planet for our grandchildren.
We still have some wood left, so I'm sure we will come up with something to use it for.

Suggested materials:

  • Repurposed teak entertainment unit  (Garage sale $25)
  • Teak oil

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3 of 8 questions
  • Linda Coughtry
    on Feb 28, 2018

    What did you do, if anything, to support heavier people sitting on it or for stability?

  • Linda Coughtry
    on Feb 28, 2018

    What did you do, if anything, to support heavier people sitting on it or for stability?

  • Linda Coughtry
    on Feb 28, 2018

    What did you do, if anything, to support heavier people sitting on it or for stability?

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  • B. Enne
    on Aug 10, 2016

    brillant, eco-friendly, and inexpensive!

    • Ev
      on Aug 10, 2016

      Thank you, we like to be Eco-friendly. We rarely buy new, try to recycle and re purpose things.

  • Lucinda Bautsch Rasmussen
    on Jun 1, 2017

    Wow, really impressive! I like that you have a hard wood place to put your foot when you tie your shoes, keeping them off the cushion. Was that intentional, or were you limited by the size cushion you had?
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