Asked on Jun 28, 2013

What to do with this 2 piece entertainment center?

Kitchen Kelli
by Kitchen Kelli
A woman moved in across the cul de sac and then ALL her family came. When the landlady found out they were evicted and ALL her family left her there with 2 small children to move all her stuff. We went over to help and she gave us 6 leather covered dining chairs, a metal crib, King sized wooden bed frame and this. 10 ft. high entertainment center. Each piece weighs about 400 pounds. What do you see that we could do with each piece? All suggestions welcome. It's too tall for our house. Help!
what to do with this 2 piece entertainment center, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, This is taller than me and I m 5 and half ft tall That s the back of the open part sitting in back
This is taller than me and I'm 5 and half ft. tall. That's the back of the open part sitting in back.
what to do with this 2 piece entertainment center, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, This is beautiful or it will be when it s cleaned up They didn t take much care of it Price tag on back says 2 200
This is beautiful - or it will be when it's cleaned up. They didn't take much care of it. Price tag on back says $2,200.
  16 answers
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jun 29, 2013
    I would forgo the top part and just work with the would make a nice buffet. Chalk paint time perhaps?

  • Colleen Colleen on Jun 29, 2013
    Remove the top place the two ends togather,makes more storage, perhaps bar unit? Use the drawers for shelving.

  • Julaine Julaine on Jun 29, 2013
    If you want to update part of your kitchen I would the put top section all the way to the ceiling and get small newel posts to make support legs for the top. If you have a large master bedroom you could also use the backside of the top section as a headboard and the front would become extra bedroom storage. Cover the open area in the top and float it in the room and it would make a nice dressing area. The center could become a makeup area. I would use the base as a sideboard as well or if you are redoing your bathroom, it would be a great vanity at the newer "gentleman's" height that are around 38-40 inches. You would probably have to take off the lower support base to drop the height. My husband wanted to let you know if all else fails it would be great kindling, lol. Good Luck.

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jun 29, 2013
    @KMS Woodworks It would make a lovely buffet and of course I would use chalk paint! :) @Colleen my husband likes the idea of a bar. We have one wall in our home where it would fit. @Julaine I love the idea of a vanity! how incredibly creative! The men in our family is mostly very tall ranging from 6'2" to 6'6" so the height would be great. Tell your husband that just after my husband and son-in-law finished moving both pieces across the cul de sac, I think he was going to make it into a bonfire and use ME as kindling!

  • Patti Patti on Jun 29, 2013
    I love the Bar idea!!! Good call Colleen:)

  • Ellen Arnold Ellen Arnold on Jun 29, 2013
    How about a faux fire place. With flowers in the center during the summer and with a screen candles during the winter.

  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on Jun 29, 2013
    I think I would treat the pieces separately. I like the idea of a buffet and hutch. The hutch would be made from the top portion by adding some tall legs.

  • Sue Walker Sue Walker on Jun 30, 2013
    I like the idea of separating the two ends, adding legs and using them as cupboards. I would personally make them shabby chic or paint with bright colors. (I'm in to brights right now). You could put glass in the doors or remove them in favor of open shelves. Also, the buffet idea seems perfect for the bottom piece.

  • Meburke Meburke on Jun 30, 2013
    I would paint the base w ASCP although the piece has great character ASCP will emphasize that.the base :take outthe shelf paint it black? Place electric fireplace logs on the top of the base set a tv if all black a contrasting pop of color wall behind it would will stellar!! I'm jealous! In a good way! Top piece ??Cut out drywall &niche it in there. A great focal wall,bar w mirror back in a family rm would be awesome.anytime you have "built ins" buyers go crazy for(if u ever sell the home )

  • Darlene Zeutzius Darlene Zeutzius on Jun 30, 2013
    I love the top part. Depending on actual dimensions I would get some wall cabinets since it looks like the top is only about 12 inches deep and put them on the bottom and then place this unit on top. It would either work as a pantry with beadboard and shelves in the open space or a coat rack/mudroom. Paint to choice. I love the idea of a buffet for the bottom with a wine rack in the open part.

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jun 30, 2013
    I really like the buffet for the bottom part - it's such a beautiful piece and we could keep it. The top part I like @Meburke 's take on it - I don't know if I understood it correctly but what I heard (and loved) was to take some drywall (just so happens she offered us a piece this morning as we are still helping her move) and then prepare it for painting - even painting it a neutral. If we sell it then that person can paint (or wall paper) the dry wall piece to match their walls making it look like a built-in.

  • Meburke Meburke on Jun 30, 2013
    hi! I meant two separate projects .One is the base w a faux fireplace. The second is to cut out a section of your existing wall (your current drywall) frame it out,slip in the top piece, its harder than it sounds ,I'm sure. But if you were ever to sell the house u live in...buyers go nuts for built ins ,like the top piece would become. It adds charm &character . Please post a picture .I'd love to see what u do! Best of luck &enjoy...

  • ShirleyB ShirleyB on Aug 27, 2014
    The top part could also be used as a faux mantel and fireplace with "built-ins" around it. and the buffet idea is great for the bottom half, if you need legs for it you can get short pre-made table legs at big box home centers - or bun feet - that is if you want it up off of the ground. It sounds heavy, so maybe not...

  • CK CK on Aug 27, 2014
    Sometimes a 'gift' just isn't right for you or your home. If this truly doesn't fit in your home, maybe you could sell it on Craigslist or somewhere and use the money to help them out...if that's what's needed.

  • Eric Turner Eric Turner on Nov 23, 2014
    Make the base into a vanity with a granite top. Have the hutch depth cut down to a medicine cabinet depth, and height to fit your home then put mirrors in the doors and the shelf area and install over the vanity. Paint or refinish to suit décor.

  • Eric Turner Eric Turner on Nov 24, 2014
    Your welcome. If you go with my suggestion post it and let me know. Would love to see it.