Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Entertainment Center!

OK, well maybe not new, new, but new to us anyway! I found this wonderful office cabinet at Goodwill for $30 right before we moved into our new house. Griff wasn’t too happy when I brought her home because that meant this beauty was just something else we needed to move. Whoops. Maybe I should have thought about that. Then he really wasn’t happy when he realized this sucker weighs a TON! Whoops… again.

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So we moved. And there was cussing, and perhaps some name calling, and a promise that I wouldn’t bring any more furniture home unless some furniture left. Ugh. Fine. Insert bummed angry face here.


Then the cabinet sat in the garage for 4 months, {we’ve only been in this house since April}. I finally got motivated when Griff, sweetly of course, told me to get my arce in the garage and getta paintin’. To be honest I was tired of looking at it too, plus it was taking up a lot of room in his “Man Space”.

I began by sanding the whole desk. Which I loved because I got to use my electric sander. It took a while to sand down because there was like a ton of varnish on this sucker.

Then, because this lovely is SO heavy, I decided to put wheels on her to make her easier to move. Genius I am. The sides had these rubber thingies that I had to remove first. In doing so one of the sides broke so I had to use wood glue and a clamp to put it back together.


I purchased the wheels from Home Depot for like $7 a package. {Teeheehee, I said package.} I didn’t have to drill new holes for the wheels because the holes left from the rubber feet were the perfect size. Uh, bonus!


Once the wheels were on I started painting her black. I think I seriously need to look into PEBA, {Painting Everything Black Anonymous}. You can see here that this was used as office furniture because this drawer has those filling rails. Also, these drawer wouldn’t come out. Awesome. I had to paint the drawers while they were still attached. Sweet. Not.

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Once she was painted all black and of course dried, I gave her like 7 coats of this stuff. Polycrylic. I know 7 coats sounds like a lot but this stuff dries fast so I didn’t have to wait long between coats. Awesome! I have used this stuff for years. Every time I’ve painted furniture I coated the furniture with this. It not only protects your furniture from scratches, it make the furniture shine like Mr. Clean’s melon!

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Wanna see what it looks like all painted up and purty like? Voila!

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Here she is with her doors open. This is where we put all the T.V. components and stereo equipment.

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I’m so glad this project is done and she’s out of the garage. Yay!


  1. Oh my gosh- that looks so good! Can you help me fix a love-seat that's been in the garage for 4 months?! haha!

  2. What a great job, Ryan. I didn't know you were so handy.