My Little Beachwood Apartment: Our Repurposed Entertainment Center
Being broke and in our 20s, Jonny and I ended up with a lot of hand-me-down, mixed-match furniture. In an effort to make our home the cute, purposefully mixed-matched — versus the you seriously don’t have a clue what your style is mixed-match — Jonny and I have made little updates here and there: new chairs at the dining table, fun rug to brighten the room, white slip cover on the couch, etc… For a while we had an old, silver IKEA rolling cart as our entertainment center. It served it’s purpose but you could see all the cords running down the back and the TV was obviously too large for the small cart.
One day, Jonny and I were walking up the street to our favorite local restaurant, The Beachwood Cafe, when we noticed an old buffet sitting on the side of the road. The top surface was completely destroyed, all the drawers were missing, and it was a dull, dark-brown color, but it had beautiful craftsmanship. I saw potential.
Jonny sanded down the top surface for hours!
Once the sanding was done, we applied the first round of spray paint. Reaching every nook and cranny wasn’t easy but by the time we got to the second coat we covered every inch.
The finished result was better than we could have imagined. We had glass cut to fit in the open spaces where the drawers used to be, and bought fun nobs from anthropology dress it up.
All of our devices fit perfectly in the middle shelves while our movies and games found their new home in the cabinets.
All in all, this was such a fun project for Jonny and me to team up on and it cost us all of $100 for the spray paint, glass and nobs. And we were even able to repurpose the IKEA cart, creating a little coffee station (a story for another time).
Do you have any good before/after stories of furniture you have inherited or found?