5 Reinvented Uses for Old Entertainment Centers & Oversized Armoires

Thank goodness for flat-screen TVs and walk-in closets. They’re not only fantastic technology- and space-wise, they also clear up much needed real estate in a room. So, you might ask, what do we do with that outdated, clunky entertainment center or armoire? Answer: repurpose it into newly functional and fabulous storage or turn it into a nook. You’ll also be giving it new life and providing yourself with a delightfully green alternative to spending money on something new.

Entertainment center craft supply station

Reinvented entertainment center craft supply station. source: bhg.com

Reinvented entertainment center craft supply station: Storage and organization is always a wonderful thing. Organizing accessories, cute baskets and boxes, and of course, a fresh coat of paint inside and out makes it easy to keep these doors open to show off to admiring visitors and crafters alike.

Reinvented entertainment center buffet.

Reinvented entertainment center buffet. source: bhg.com

Reinvented entertainment center buffet: cut the doors of an entertainment center in half to create exposed shelving, add two cross shelves for bottles and other storage, then splash on a modern paint color for a spectacular and custom piece.

Reinvented entertainment work station.

Reinvented entertainment center work station. source: bhg.com

Reinvented entertainment center work station: this beauty might almost bring back those old clunky cabinets, especially when they’re almost made to be mini offices. Simply tack up some fabric covered cork board to the insides of the doors and back panel, add a top shelf for books, and you’re off to work!

Reinvented armoire sewing station.

Reinvented armoire sewing station. source: cottagehill.com

Reinvented armoire sewing station: for those of us who wish to repurpose without major effort (or paint), an entertainment center can easily be modified into a sewing station. Alternative to mounting a table: scoot one next to the repurposed unit for easy access to machine, notions, and other supplies. For the more ambitious: add a coat of bright and inspiring color, then hooks and baskets to match for a fresh new look.

Reinvented armoire aviary.

Reinvented armoire aviary. source: empressofcreativity.blogspot.com

Reinvented armoire aviary: if you think repurposing is for the birds, you’re right! By replacing the door faces and panels with a bit of chicken wire, installing latches, and adding bird perches and toys, you’ve got yourself one very cool animal showcase. Oh…and don’t forget the birds!

For how-tos, click on each photo.

Inspired? Share your reinvented DIY projects with HomeJelly! Send photos to: submit@homejelly.com

Do it on your own!

To get started on your materials list, visit DiggersList for inexpensive entertainment centers and armoires in a city near you!

Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor nerd, design enthusiast and the Editor-in-Chief/Writer for HomeJelly and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dwellingz, a real estate home story-telling website. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kids book author, voted "Class Clown", and rescue dogs crusader. If you're in the market for a new home, or just want to learn the "inside scoop" on South Bay real estate, click onto her photo and read her home tours and stories at www.dwellingz.com.

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  1. Mary seaman on September 10, 2012 at 2:21 am

    How perfect is this???? I came to check out the AWESOME gum ball machine and leave with a GREAT idea for the entertainment center I rescued from my neighbors garage. I just placed it in our home office / “headquarters” for my daughter’s little business. We had an idea to redo our gum ball machine so now I need another so I can add your’s to my granddaughter’s room. AWESOME!!!

    • Skaie Knox on September 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      @Mary: so glad you were inspired! We’d love to see your finished project! Please email us a photo of your “I’m-sure-it’s-gonna-be-fantastic” repurposed entertainment center at: submit@homejelly.com. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Cindy on January 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Looking for great ideas for an out dates entertainment center for a little girls room

    • Skaie Knox on January 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Hope these give you some inspiration, Cindy! Thanks for stopping by!

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