Entertainment Center Turned into a Bookcase

By: Regina Davis from
Entertainment Center Turned into a Bookcase
Entertainment Center Turned into a Bookcase
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We love DIY repurposing ideas, so of course we couldn't resist this particular project. With this tutorial, you can learn how to make an Entertain Center Turned into a Bookcase. We all have old and unused furniture lying around our houses; so, we might as well put it to use and convert it into something stylish. Now, you can use these step-by-step instructions to transform your old furniture into a chic bookshelf. This bookshelf can either find a home in your living room to store your books, or you can even use it in your kitchen as a display cabinet for your expensive dishes. Add more color and design to your home with this DIY furniture project tutorial.

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Materials List

  • Americana Decor® Chalky Finish Paint
  • Everlasting (ADC01)
  • Vintage (ADC17)
  • Americana Decor® Crème Waxes
  • Clear (ADM01)
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towels
  • Sandpaper
  • 2" Flat Brush
  • Saw
  • Staple Gun
  • Wood Glue
  • Primer (Optional)
  • Contact Paper
  • Wooden Board (1" x 6")
  • Drill Gun
  • Drill Bits
  • Wood Stain
  • Light Bulbs
  • Clamp
  • Entertainment Unit
  • Jigsaw


DIY Project Instructions

  1. (NOTES: Let dry completely between painting steps. Be very careful when applying contact paper. Going slow is the best way to avoid mistakes.) Plan your reconstruction. For this project, the top half of the piece is being used to create a bookshelf. Each side with the glass pieces will be the shelving portion and the top will be the bottom ledge support.

  2. Fit, cut, glue, clamp, and staple pieces together. The top was flipped and then the middle portion was cut out to create a perfect seam for the two pieces to come together. Use clamps as much as possible when gluing to ensure everything comes out correctly.

  3. Remove backing for both sides and prepare to paint. Priming surface helps to reduce coats of paint.

  4. Apply a layer of Vintage using a 2" flat brush.

  5. While paint is drying, cover the back panels. Slowly remove the sticky side and apply to panels, this might work best with two people.

  6. After paint has dried, apply Clear Wax.

  7. Screw the back panels onto the bookshelf.

  8. Add shelf hardware.

  9. Because this cabinet is lighted, access to the inside is important. First, build a planked wood square top and set it on top. Trace around the bookcase profile. Cut with jigsaw and sand to make a smooth, professional look.

  10. Take white based stain and create a 1:1 ratio of stain and water. Let this dry overnight.

  11. Take a dab of Everlasting chalk paint and brush on thinly and evenly to the planked top. Next, take water and move the paint around until desired look is achieved. The more paint added, the more white washed the surface will be. Brush off any excess paint.

  12. Put on top once dried and project is completed.

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I love to see how people deconstruct and reconstruct furniture and refinish it and repurpose it for another use. I like the use of wall paper as backing for the shelves too. I am not sure I would opt to use glass for the shelves, but it looks nice in this hutch. Very well done.

I recently had a similar project, but I used a small dining room hutch and for the backing, I used some very lovely wallpaper that I had left over from another project. For this I,used wallpaper paste and really smoothed it out and matched the seams and it came out quite nice and looks nice showcasing the contents. Nice idea and practical,too!

Great idea! There are so many of these entertainment centers floating around, so it's cool to see them being re-purposed.

Loved how your bookcase turned out it is really top class,like also your garden ideas,I will be making a birdhouse from the milk carton its cute.

Love the look of this!


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