Repurpose Your Outdated Entertainment Center Doors

Repurpose Your Outdated Entertainment Center Doors

We had two outdated oak entertainment centers.  I knew I could do something with them!  I took off the doors and this is how I use the center in my office.  However, I still had the doors and didn’t want to throw them out.  They usually have heavy glass in them with some sort of design and are pretty. This door has a beveled border.

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I had photos and letters from my mom and dad that had been sitting in a box for years.  I really didn’t know much about my mom and dad when they were young, so it was fun reading the letters to see how their lives were when I was a little girl.  My dad was in the military so he was gone most of our younger years.  I only knew the parents that I had when I was older.   I decided that the door would be a perfect way to share the memories that I had and for my kids to see.

 

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I could have left the door the way it was.  It was a pretty varnished oak finish, like most of the centers are made.  However, when I removed the handle it left a large hole.  So I could either fill it full of wood putty and have it look a little different that the rest, or beat it up and make it look distressed.  That sounded way more fun!

I removed the glass and stored it safely away, then sanded the finish off of the frame.  Then I just started having fun.  I started filing away sharp edges AND making the wood look more worn. I always use large bolts to make swirly marks that look like fossils or something old.

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Then I had the hole to deal with.  I filed on the edges to make it less perfect, nailed other holes around it, added more wear, and created another one on the other side of the frame.  I think it ended up looking like an old worm hole, or at least like it was supposed to be there.

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I don’t have a perfect way to stain.  I started with a dark walnut and rubbed that on the entire frame.  I left it on for about 10 minutes before wiping off.  Next came ebony black with I like because it makes all the distress come alive.  I had to apply it about 4 times leaving it on longer each time.  I concentrated on the holes and marks that I had made.

I bought a mat at Michaels with a 50% off coupon, of course!  I didn’t want the photos right behind the glass, so I cut it to overlap the back of the frame, with the glass sitting in the cut out of the frame.  This allowed about a 1/2″ space between the photos and the glass.  That is enough space if I wanted to add something 3-D in there like a necklace, charm, medals, or something like that.

spd7 Repurpose Your Outdated Entertainment Center DoorsI had copies made of the photos, so I could keep the originals.  I used double sided tape tabs and taped everything down.  I only needed to put a tab on the corners of the each piece.  Make sure to arrange everything how you want it before securing.

After everything was secure, I cleaned the glass well and put it in and secured with glazierpoints.  Then centered the mat on the back of the frame and taped around the edges.   Tim screwed on D rings and wrapped some wire that we had already.

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I love the result!  I have pictures and letters and other mementos from my mom and dad for everyone to see.   I already had stain, so the total cost was $8 for copies of the photographs and $10 for the mat and hardware.  It is large – 35″ x 18″ and cost $18.

I have another door that has divided panes and I am going to put a piece of an old quilt behind it.  Use your imagine!  It’s like a picture frame with beautiful glass.

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1 Comment

  1. I love your idea! I will keep it in mind if I ever find an old entertainment center at a rummage sale!

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