How to fix these doors

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How or what suggestions do you have for me with the doors of this cabinet? The two outside doors have storage for CD's which is only to the front half of the cabinet and the other half is wasted space. And somehow I feel the doors need a little "something". In fact I was thinking of cutting out the center pieces of the doors but have no idea where to start? I was thinking of either a rustic looking painted top with dry brush technique for the body or a wooden top with antiquing for the body.

The idea is not to spend too much money on it, but I was just thinking of perhaps adding barn doors, depending on the cost of course.

Your suggestions would mean a lot to me as I like what I have seen from you so far.


Appreciate you having a look at his for me. I am totally new to this.

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Overall image of the cabinet

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The CD storage I mentioned

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All the doors have this inset, which I am not sure I like too much


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  • If you decide to change to barn doors, you will need new hardware and that can be pricy. If it were mine, I would remove the cd storage units for more space inside. I would sand and restain the top in a dark walnut and paint the rest in the color of my choice. I've seen them done it white, teal, dark green...whatever fits with your decor. The paint can be distressed with sandpaper and then sealed with a glaze or wax. A dark glaze/wax with give it an 'antiqued' look.

    I hope that helps!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 17, 2022

    Are you talking about removing all 4 doors and putting on barn doors? If so, I would make a cardboard of a barndoor on your entertainment center and put it up on the front to see if you like that effect, it may appear to be too clunky, especially with all the hardware it requires, although small. Not sure if there is enough room for tracks to install the barndoors in.

    Entertainment centers are pretty much compartmentalized, as yours is, so if you have a use for all the boxed spaces, that's great. If not you could consider removing them, with the exception of the two outer cabinets. The insides would look great painted or use peel and stick wall paper.

    What is your eventual purpose for this?


    Take a look here for an idea:


    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/entryway/table/painted-furniture-tv-console-aintique-entertainment-center-4253037




  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 17, 2022

    I would seriously think about taking those cd storage units out those are in themselves wasting a lot of room. You can get or even make wooden cd storage using scrap wood and you can make it so the stack using all of your space. I would thing a nice coat of chalk paint would also help give this piece a face lift.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 17, 2022

    If it were mine, I would leave the top wooden stain (paint isn't as durable), replaced the pulls, and paint the whole thing. Add some type of baskets in the open areas, probably woven or cloth to soften. I think if it's painted it will be more of a shaker style door. A bit hard to tell in the photo but especially the smaller doors. Perhaps even add removable wallpaper or contact paper inside the doors for interest.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 17, 2022

    In my honest opinion, I would remove the CD storage and put smaller shelves in that area to make use of the space better. I would not paint with chalk paint, it scratches too easily. I would go go DLawless and look for some cool pulls for the doors. I would lightly sand the top and use General Finishes darker stain and they have a top coat which is bullet proof just about.. If you like that look you could sand down the rest of the cabinet and stain whatever color you like.

  • William William on Jan 17, 2022

    I would remove all the doors. Remove the CD racks and replace with shelves. Put in baskets where the lower doors are. Or you can leave the lower doors, remove the center panel and replace it with cane webbing, decorative metal screen, etc. You can even decoupage decorative paper or fabric over the center panels. Peel and stick wallpaper would look good too.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 18, 2022

    Hi Mientjie: What a beautiful cabinet! Do you use the cd holders? If so, you could remove one and place them facing each other or one on the back wall and one on the side wall, of one of the side doors. Then you can use the other one for something else. I don't think I'd cut the wood, unless you are really good at doing that sort of thing. It could be a disaster. I'd remove the doors and, as the others have said, use baskets in the openings. Just MHO :)


    Good luck

  • Mientjie Du Toit Mientjie Du Toit on Jan 19, 2022

    Thank you Betsy, I do like your suggestion about the CD holders. Best of both worlds so to speak 😜

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2022

    wood filler, sand and paint

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2022

    I would seriously think about taking those cd storage units out those are in themselves wasting a lot of room. You can get or even make wooden cd storage using scrap wood and you can make it so the stack using all of your space. I would thing a nice coat of chalk paint would also help give this piece a face lift.