DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!} 1

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

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Don’t get rid of that BEAST of an Entertainment Center you’ve been holding onto since the 90s just yet!  Give it a severe DIY AMBUSH furniture MAKEOVER and transform it into the happiest and prettiest Customized Wall Storage Organization Unit for your Craft Room, Sewing Room, Creative Space or wherever!  These old oak entertainment centers are ALL over in thrift stores, yard/garage sales, classified ads and on sites like Craigslist for FREE to super duper cheap!  Go snag one and make it all new and ALL YOU following this simple do it yourself woodworking project tutorial!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

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So I was minding my own biz, just a browsing Craigslist for funzies when I saw  “FREE TO A GOOD HOME”  with a picture of this BEAST of an old ginormous 90s era Oak Entertainment Center.   Normally I would just pass it right on by with a reminiscent chuckle.  Because:  Ugly.  But then I got to thinking….

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

Just a week ago THIS was my “office/craft/guest” room you guys……..  It tends to make you dwell on any and all ways you can think of to make it less sad/depressing/brown:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I actually had a bunch more photos and decorations etc. on the walls but realized I better take a before pic before I got it all cleared out.  I love comparing BEFORE and AFTER pictures like nobody’s biz!    Speaking of….

So I emailed the irresponsible furniture parents who no longer loved this bad boy and said “Mkay, drop the thing off”:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

And turned it into THIS in a matter of days.  The only reason it took DAYS (multiple)  is due to drying times of paint and/or wood fillers,  FYI:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}So make someone’s day by offering to take one of these monstrosities off of their hands, grab these simple supplies you probably have on hand, and let’s DO THIS!

 

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I really thought about just adding a bunch of filler to these rounded dips…  that I can’t stand:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!} I kept looking at it and looking at it wishing the rounded corners away…(not very effective, btw) ..then VOILA!  I was walking around and around it and noticed that the BACKS were flat as could be!   So I could just flip the entire thing around and use the BACK as the FRONT and add a whole new flat face/front to it.  YAY!!!


DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

So I ganked those suckers OFF!  I started pulling the staples out one by one:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

Then realized the whole thing was on there so flimsy that I could pretty much just PULL it all off at once!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

If you ever have a SERIOUS staple pulling job to do – I HIGHLY suggest getting a heavy duty staple remover/lifter like THIS one though:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

They work like MAGIC on staples that are really in there good.    So check out how nice and flat the NEW “front” we have to work with is now!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I cut all my lumber {I went with 1 1/2″ wide cheap as can be lumber btw} to size and added a generous full length line of wood glue to the backs of each one before fastening  them on  by hammering in some finishing nails:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I started with the bases so I could measure and work upwards, but you do you!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I framed in a couple of the compartments for cabinet doors in case I wanted to add them later and created a few NEW shelves for even more storage!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

The cabinets already had all of the little holes drilled for the shelves to be adjustable so I just got some extra shelf pins to hold my NEW shelves!

Then you want to make sure to use your wood filler and FILL everywhere the wood meets wood.  Every single crevice!  You’ll probably see ones you didn’t even notice after your first coat of paint.  No worries, you can add it between coats – it just adds to your waiting/drying time.  Which sucks.  Just glob this stuff on with your finger and squish it in all of the cracks really good:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

After you’ve got it all in there it will be a ginormous mess and look really hideous.  Don’t fret!  You just wipe the excess off with a damp cloth and it will look PERFECT!    Then you SHOULD wait a full 24 hours before sanding and painting…that’s srsly the worst part.

Now PAINT those beauties!  I sprayed them with my paint sprayer, but you could roll or brush them.  If you get the more spendy furniture paint, your brush strokes won’t show at all – the oil based ones are self leveling:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I set up all of the shelves on THESE magical inventions.  PAINTER’S PYRAMIDS!  They barely touch ANY of your project and allow you to paint 3 sides at once and it dries tons faster!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

While those were outside drying overnight I worked on the new inside “backs” to my cabinets.  I wanted mine bead board and PINK!  So I measured the backs of each opening and cut them to size and PAINTED those suckers:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}You just need material that’s super thin so pick whatever you like.  Keep in mind, if you go thicker your cabinets will weigh a TON!    After they dried and the cabinets dried I just grabbed my hand staple gun and stapled them on the backs!
DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

This is before all of the adjustable shelves were dry so you can see how the backs look in there all pretty:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I just LOVE how this unit turned out, you guys!!!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

Even though I framed in the bottom cabinet openings to add doors, I’m not sure I will now.  I kinda like the open look and the thought of just adding cute bins, etc!  But we’ll see…..

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I srsly just go in there now and look at it and smile.  Now to FILL IT all up with the goodies I have in boxes and stuff all crammed everywhere during the renovation!

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

Can you believe the difference in the BEFORE and AFTER here?

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

I’m still working on a few (hundred) more elements for this FUN new space!  I’ll update you between crazies and hopefully it will inspire you to think outside the box and flip something around {ltrly}, too!  I’d love to see your creations, so please email me pictures.  Happy creating, friend!

** Make sure to PIN THIS IMAGE where it’s handy while you scour the classifieds, yard sales and thrift stores for your goodies to makeover! **

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

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Here’s the start to the Upholstered Diamond Tufted Headboard I’m making since it IS technically my guest room….  Come learn how I figured out how to make the PERFECT upholstery fabric covered BUTTONS that will NEVER come apart!  Just CLICK HERE or on the image below to grab tons of hard earned painful wisdom I dropped super hard:

DIY Craft Room Wall Storage Organizer Unit Furniture Makeover Project Tutorial {from a 90s Oak Entertainment Center!}

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