When I moved into my current home, I “inherited” an old entertainment center that was left behind in my shed…my landlord said I could have it. So when someone very dear to me said she wanted a bench for her front porch, my mind immediately went to the entertainment center. I thought it would be perfect for this project.

how to repurpose entertainment center to bench

I pulled out the entertainment center to assess what I had to work with. It was beat up in places…it actually looked chewed on in some spots, and scratched in others. But it was sturdy and I knew I could work with it.

bench from entertainment center

The first thing I did was cut it down to the size I wanted. I measured it with a level and marked it with chalk…

marking the bench to cut

…and the cut was used with a circular saw. Then I started tearing out the remaining pieces I didn’t need and were in the way.

entertainment center to bench before

I probably should have done this using a saw, but for the most part they knocked out easy enough. There was some minimal damage to some spots that was easy enough to repair.

The next step was bracing it up at the back and the seat, and started added the boards for the seat that I had cut to size. Now it was starting to look like a bench.

almost a bench

For the back, I added pine wainscoting cut to fit. I also started playing with the smaller details, like the trim to add to the top, and brainstorming on how to repair the earlier mentioned damage when tearing out the extra pieces.

bench details 2

After the new additions and repair were complete, I gave it a quick sanding to smooth it all out and it was now ready for paint.

ready for paint

Here’s what it looked like with two coats of Behr Exterior in Vintage Linen…

base coat of paint

My final step was dry brushing with a light brown and darker glaze to give it an aged look, and add some new hardware to the drawer.

repurposed entertainment center to bench

It came together rather well, and it is now at its new home where its new owner is very happy with it…which makes me very, very happy.

before and after

8 thoughts on “DIY: Re-purpose an Entertainment Center to Bench

  1. Was this entertainment center a solid wood piece? Most of the ones I see at garage sales are not, so could I assume you could not cut them down like you did.?

    Yours looks fantastic for its new purpose!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! It wasn’t completely solid wood…there were some sections that were not. In the photo with the chalk line, if you look closely at the feet you can see the “fraying” that usually comes with the particle board pieces. I made sure to cut above that section. The pieces that I needed to be solid were, and it ended up being a very sturdy piece. It was originally a Thomasville piece, with dovetailed drawers, so I had hopes that it would hold up. I hope this helps!

  2. This was a BIG surprise for me & I LOVE it!!! Really nice getting to see the steps you went thru to get it done. THANK YOU!!!

    1. You’re very welcome! I really enjoyed doing it for you, and I’m so happy you like it 🙂

  3. Each day I look forward to receiving my Hometalk e-mail. And this is the reason why. People repurpose pieces into beautiful furniture, just as you have. I truly enjoy watching the stages of transition.

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