I don’t know about you, but for myself, I just can’t work well in an unorganized space.
Everything just seems “off” when I work in a cluttered environment.
My “day” job is done remotely from a home office; just imagine how I felt working here.
If you are anything like me, the more cluttered things get, the less likely I am to put things away and it just continues to build up.
Repurposed Entertainment Center
I had been continually looking for something for my “space” to help hide all of my office supplies that had accumulated. Not wanting to invest a lot of money in a piece, you can probably visualize my delighted face when I ran across a used entertainment center in a second-hand store that seemed to be perfect for what I needed.
It looked a lot like this piece I had found online, but a whole lot less money.
I quickly went back home and measured my available space and found the 7ft X 7ft entertainment center would work. I have to say that my sweetie was not nearly as excited about this project and couldn’t see the potential of the piece, but reluctantly agreed to the purchase. It was a bit dirty, but just needed a bit of tender loving care.
The real job would be getting it into the house and then the office area, but when they offered to deliver it, the deal was sealed!
And the best part – when I went to pay for it, I discovered it was 25% off making the purchase under $100.
I quickly went home and began clearing out the area and making space for the arrival of my new cabinet.
Once the piece was delivered and squeezed through the doorway, the fun began.
First the entire piece was scrubbed down and cleaned and the glass doors were removed to give it a more streamlined look.
My first thought was to paint and distress it, but the oak cleaned up so well and matched the other items in the office. So for now I am keeping the oak look on this repurposed entertainment center.
The metal holders that had once held DVDs were removed, leaving perfect supports for shelves.
I contacted the cabinetmaker who had recently built our new shelving unit, gave him the measurements and asked him to create a couple of shelves for this piece. You can find the post on our new shelving unit HERE. He used the same stain he had on our other cabinets and the shelves he created matched perfectly!
Can you believe how perfectly my file cabinet fit into this space? It hides wonderfully behind one of the cabinet doors.
The handles on the doors were switched out to something a bit more modern and in keeping with the feel of the room.
A set of matching baskets were placed on the shelves at the top of the unit. These will hold office supplies and keep them hidden until I need them.
A few special touches were added to the glass shelves. The seasonal items will be changed out soon!
These beautiful fall alstroemeria lilies found a place on my desk. Isn’t the color just perfect for the season?
And my new pineapple lamp found a home on the repurposed entertainment center.
I still have a few other transformations I hope to add to the space, but now I have a much more organized area. I can hardly wait to get to work each day!
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