DIY TV Built-ins From Facebook Marketplace Cabinets

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This past summer I created built-ins at our cottage using stock upper kitchen cabinets as a base. I considered the build a practice run because I wanted to do the same thing at our home.

Well I did! But I did it for even less expensive!

I found these 5 cabinets on Facebook Marketplace for $40 for ALL FIVE!! I sent my husband out late at night to pick them up because I didn't want anyone else to take them.

They were the perfect base for built-ins for our family room.

I started off by removing the tops because they had a rounded edge, and then screwing them together using shims to level them out.

I purchase a 1x12x10 for a seamless top and screwed that on from the bottom.

I also made holes in the back for cords and electrical outlets.

Once the cabinets were painted and attached together I started with the shelving. I purchased 2x10s and created box all around the top.

I wanted it to feel like one unit. I attached the boards together by creating pocket holes using my Kreg Jig and screwed them together for a really strong joint.

I then added shelves at the height and width I wanted and painted the whole thing Simply White by Benjamin Moore. Once everything was painted I decided to elevate the design a little more so I added 1x3 Primed MDF trim boards all around the shelving.

This added such a beautiful finish!

I am obsessed the way it came out! It's everything I wanted! And because I purchased the cabinets off of Facebook Marketplace the whole thing cost just under $200! That's insane!

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  • Lindi
    on Jan 21, 2021

    W O W W O W W O W

    This is absolutely awesome. I just wish I had the room to do something like this.

    Kudos, loads of Brownie points and a HUGE pat on the back for you my luv‼️

  • Liz48878300
    on Jan 24, 2021

    I have kitchen cabinets that we got from a friend for out cabin, I want to know if I can paint them & how the cat h is they have a large square of the fts of the doors of beige formica that I hate, want all white, can u help

  • I love this! I need to do something similar to place my new large TV. I like that no wires showing and would like to know how you managed to hide them. Also, I see a soundboard, but no DVR box; how did you hide the box? Thanks!

    • Tara Boettger
      Tara Boettger
      Just now

      We don’t have cable. So no box! We just use Hulu, prime and Netflix. For the cables they are run down a hole in the wall in back of the tv and come out in a hole behind the cabinets. The cabinets have a hole cut in them and there is a power cord in there.

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  • Gail
    on Jan 25, 2021

    This has a really great look. I am impressed. Thank you so much for giving me ideas. I have been looking for shallow cabinets for under the hangover on my kitchen counter into the next room. I'll try habitat for humanity and see if they have upper cabinets. I can cut some off the back. Only the left and right sides need to be straight

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