Today I'm going to show you how we turned a basic dresser into our entertainment center. This actually happened by accident but I'm glad it did because I love how it turned out! We originally bought the dresser to go into a bedroom upstairs. We quickly realized once getting it inside that it wasn't going to fit up the stairs to the second story because of its length. We liked the dresser and didn't want to get rid of it having just found it at a thrift shop. So we decided to use it as our entertainment center.
Apologies for not having a great before picture here. Turns out I couldn't even find a picture of what the dresser looked like with all the drawers in it. You can use your imaginations I suppose. It was a simple veneer dresser probably from a bedroom set from the 1980s or 90s.
We have quite a few electronics, so we opted to take out the top level of drawers. You can also leave the drawers in if you don't have much in the way of equipment. Beneath the drawers was a thin layer of particle board that wasn't going to be enough to support the weight of the equipment. We actually picked up some wood at Home Depot and cut four panels to fit into the space. These just lay flat inside and don't need to be drilled into place, though I'm sure you could do that too.
With lots of equipment comes lots of wires and cables. To keep things neat, we drilled a few holes in the back of the dresser about one inch in diameter. The cables feed right through to plugs in the back and keep things looking tidy.
Finally, I chalk painted the entire piece to give it a more country, antique look. This dresser was done in veneer and not a true antique so we didn't feel guilty painting and drilling holes into it. For chalk paint colors I opted for a mix of French Linen and Old Ochre on the body of the dresser and used Old White on the drawers.
The best part about using a dresser for your entertainment center is the storage space! Our DVDs fit perfectly into the drawers and are simple to pull out if we're looking to watch one. We honestly don't use our DVDs too often anymore, so it's nice to be able to hide them away.
Another bonus of using a dresser as an entertainment center? You can turn it back into a dresser at any time! Just paint the drawers you've taken out and put them back in! Or if you have a TV in the bedroom, this is a great way to use a piece for two purposes.
What do you think? Will you be turning a dresser into your TV stand?