Repurposed Entertainment Center to Bench

When I moved into my current home, I “inherited” an old entertainment center that was left behind in my shed. So when someone very dear to me said they wanted a bench for their front porch, my mind immediately went to the entertainment center. I thought it would be perfect for this project.
Using a level to help ensure an even cut, I cut it down to size with a circular saw. Then I started removing all the excess pieces that needed to be removed.
I braced it up in the back and the seat, then added boards that had been cut to size for the seat.
Wainscoting added a little extra visual flair for the back, and trim helped neaten it all up.
After a couple coats of paint, some dry brushed glaze and new hardware, it was ready for its new home.
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Susan @SalvagedBySusan
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  • Katherine Howard Jones Katherine Howard Jones on May 01, 2016
    I have my Mother's old Armoire style Entertainment center. I like your idea, but for my uses thought of cutting the hutch off the drawers below and fitting it with a new top, to use it as a more up to date TV stand (the newer flat screen TVs didn't fit inside it.). Do you have any tips for me to help me do a great job like you did?

  • Susan Bechamp Susan Bechamp on May 01, 2016
    Since this item was originally meant for indoor use, did you treat it with a preservative to protect it from the elements it will be subject to on a porch? Is paint and clear finish sufficient to prevent warping and moisture retention in this wood?

  • LyonStill LyonStill on May 01, 2016
    I've seen a lot of these on Hometalk and Pintrest and I've always thought, however beautiful, it seems to deep to sit comfortably. I'd like to know your thoughts on it.


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