Turn an Entertainment Center into a TV Console Table

Furniture styles are always changing, but one big style that has changed in the last ten or so years is entertainment centers. With the invention of the thinner flat screen TVs, those deep entertainment centers aren’t necessary anymore — something much thinner will work, or you can even hang your TV on the wall (and frame it like we did ;).

Sooo… that leaves lots of older style entertainment centers sitting around on curbs and in thrift stores. Which makes them the perfect DIY revamp candidates, of course. And our guest today made quick work of hers by removing the top and chopping it down to make it into a TV console table, perfect for holding your electronics beneath your wall-mounted TV:

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When you’re revamping furniture, it’s important to use what you have wisely and make the existing features work for you. For example, a dresser made a great base for this awesome tall mudroom bench (featured here)

furniture makeover - dresser to tall mudroom bench

Or a taller dresser is a great candidate for a new bookshelf (featured here). 

furniture makeover - dresser to tall bookcase

An old sewing table is a perfect fit for a drink cooler — perfect for entertaining! (featured here)

furniture makeover - sewing table to drink cooler

Or, my favorite is our built-in closet made from odds and ends of furniture:

furniture makeover - old furniture to built-in closet wardrobe

But my favorite part about today’s project is just how EASY it is, and that it will work with pretty much any older style entertainment center. Here’s Kelly with all the details!

Want to build a solid wood TV stand from scratch? Get our farmhouse TV console tutorial and plans here.

How to Turn an Old Entertainment Center into a TV Console Table
by Kelly of The Moon and Me

Hellllooooo Remodelaholic readers!!!!
I’m so happy to be here visiting with you!
My name is Kelly, and I come to you from a galaxy
far, far away and a blog called The Moon and Me.
It’s a happy place where I share DIYs, decor, recipes,
and other randomness that pops into my head.
I usually have flour on my face and paint under my fingernails.
Y’all come on over..we’ll nibble on some Butterscotch Brownies,
Today I’m showing you how we came to have this fabulous entertainment console…
it looked almost nothing like this when we got started.
Stick around…we’re gonna have some fun!
Turn an old entertainment center into a TV console table | The Moon and Me featured on Remodelaholic.com #upcycle #revamp

Once upon a time…
There was a man who wanted to mount a flat screen TV to the wall.
The question that came about was:
What in the world do we do with this old entertainment center?
Hmmm…that was a good question.
revamped entertainment center is now a flat screen tv console, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
There was talk of some open shelves with baskets…
kinda like something somebody somewhere saw on Pinterest.
There was even some nonchalant perusing of brand
new console tables for under the TV.
Ugh. Ugly and/or expensive.
Then one of us (you know it was me…) said:
Hey, why don’t we just make over what we’ve already got?
Genius, I tell ya.
entertainment center makeover before, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
It actually used to have a partition on the upper left side with a glass door…
we took that off a couple years ago so we could fit the flat screen in there.
First we removed the top…we knew we wanted to keep
that part since the edges were finished.
how to revamp an old entertainment center, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
We used a hand saw to cut off the vertical sides all the way down to the bottom.
Rather easy, and it doesn’t have to be pretty…just even.
tv console from entertainment center tutorial, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
See why pretty doesn’t matter?
We’re attaching the top piece the bottom section and it will cover any saw marks.
Unless you got really carried away and went all Texas Chainsaw on it or something.
Then I can’t help you.
how to make a console from entertainment center, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
We removed the doors, filled the screw holes with DAP spackle and sanded.
We measured to make sure we had the top centered on the bottom piece,
then we used Gorilla wood glue in generous amounts, added a few clamps,and set some heavy things on the top while it dried for a couple days.
Obviously not these things…they’re not very heavy.
how to turn an entertainment center into a console, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
Once it was ready…I used some home mixed chalk paint…
because, really…I didn’t want to primer.It is laminate, so if you don’t use a chalk type paint, you will need to primer.
Two coats later…and it looks like it was always one
short piece of furniture and never anything else.
This was Martha Stewart’s Tidewater…mixed at Home Depot with Glidden paint.
It’s a little more green than aqua, but I made it work in the room.
chalk paint for console table made from entertainment center, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
Minwax clear furniture wax all over, a little Annie Sloan dark wax for drama…
and you have an amazing transformation!
revamped entertainment center is now a flat screen tv console, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
I found these practically perfect baskets at World Market.
I sewed the liners and we won’t talk about how they
didn’t fit quite right and I had to cut a slit in the back.
Hey, at least they’re pretty from the front!
tv console made from an entertainment center, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
Not only did they unify the look, but they kept the CDs and DVDs
from leaning to and fro on the uneven seagrass weave.
painted and waxed revamped console table, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
And there you have it…
We actually made over the whole room…
all because of one man’s desire to wall-mount the television.
In the end…it was a good decision. 🙂
Thanks, love.
tv console diy, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
I spent about $40 for paint, baskets, and fabric…
(I already had the spackle, glue, wax, and plaster of paris for the chalk paint.)
which is a bargain when you consider most of the new consoleswe saw started at around $300…that’s a $260 or more savings!

I can’t say exactly how long it took, but all in all only a few hours.The biggest time chunks were waiting for the glue and paint to dry.Definitely a quick weekend project.

It took me longer to find baskets that fit!

revamp an entertainment center to a flat screen tv console table, The Moon and Me on RemodelaholicI can’t think of anything I would have done differently…well, except maybe have someone else apply wax and buff it off.Whew, my arm was tired!

entertainment center makeover to tv console, The Moon and Me on Remodelaholic
How about you, would you have ever guessed how this piece began its life?
Got an old entertainment center that needs a makeover?
We think ours is pretty awesome and couldn’t be happier with it now.
Turn an old entertainment center into a TV console table | The Moon and Me featured on Remodelaholic.com #upcycle #revamp

Thank you to the amazing team at Remodelaholic for
inviting me to come and play today.
I had so much fun!


Thanks so much for visiting and sharing, Kelly! I’ll never pass up an outdated entertainment center again 🙂

Remodelaholics, head over to The Moon and Me to see more great projects, like her awesome brightly colored folding chairs and her master bath mini makeover.  

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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  1. I love, love, love the tv console and the mudroom bench!!! You did a fabulous job! Both pieces are stunning! Love the color too!! Thanks so much!!

    1. Hi! If you’re asking about the ones in MY photos…the one on the left is a Rodney White print I picked up at Tuesday Morning a while back…and the frieze on the right came from Hobby Lobby. 🙂

  2. Omg this could not of come at a better time for us. We are so going to do this with our old enertainment system! Thank yiu so much for writing this post. We are just finishing with a total gut and have started moving our furniture in from the barn just 2 days ago. I was trying to figure out what to do with the large screen. You so nailed it for me!!!!

    1. Ummm…YES!! LOVE IT!! Totally, removed the inner wall and shelves a couple of years ago when we got a flat screen. Nice to know we weren’t alone.

  3. I did the exact same thing with the corner unit. Worked perfectly! Lots of people have told me they would never have guessed I cut it in half.

  4. This is great! How did you remove the top? Did you saw it off or use a crow bar or something else? I’m talking about the part with finished edges that you glued back on after sawing off the sides.

  5. GENIUS! We just bought a new TV and a mount and don’t want to spend anymore to get a new table for underneath. I will be remodeling our old one this weekend, or at least starting it. Thanks for this and I will be sure to give you a ping back when I post mine on my blog!

  6. Love it! I did the same thing with mine except for the paint. It went from old style tv cabinet to a bench under a big window for my cats to stretch out in the sun. I put a layer of foam underpad on top. Then I stapled a large runner mat over that.
    Now after a move, it’s been re-purposed into a tv bench for a flat screen to sit on.
    hmmm…. I do like the paint idea. Awesome!

  7. Thanks for sharing, this is perfect timing! After waiting patiently for a buy-in, my hubby is ready to take on the challenge of repurposing our entertainment center to a coffee table. I hope it’s as easy as you demonstrate, the first cut is probably the most nerve wracking! Wish us luck!

  8. Beautiful job with the entertainment center makeover. Very creative and wonderful style and color. My folks had an old entertainment center just like the one that you started with. Wish that I still had it so that I could try my hand at your project. Thanks for posting the great pictures and how to instructions.
    Going out to look at some cast-off / reusable furniture pieces as soon as I can. Thanks again for posting inspiration…….Scott G. …..Rhinebeck, NY

  9. We are wanting to do something like this. I love the whole project. My question is where did you find the mount for your tv? Thanks.

  10. Good evening! My husband recently wanted to mount the tv in the bedroom 🙁
    but i was thrilled with the idea when i found your blog. I love this look, and actually imitated it for our bedroom. My only question is that I was wondering where you go t the planter with the cute little white flowers on it? the look is almost complete but I have been searching for days for a similar planter
    Thanks so much for the inspiration and instruction!

  11. will definitely have to book mark this so i can talk my son into letting me do this to his entertainment center that i gave him.