Building an Entertainment Unit

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Finished Entertainment Unit

Finished Entertainment Unit


So for years I’ve hated my entertainment unit, but I didn’t know what I wanted. I had an idea but wasn’t sure how to do itAnd then I saw it…Taryn atDesign, Dining + Diapers had just done her Industrial Family Room Makeover and I was in love. Isn’t it beautiful? Didn’t she do a great job? Don’t you love it. And the best part, she did a how to here.


Taryn at Design, Dining + Diapers Entertainment Unit

Taryn at Design, Dining + Diapers Entertainment Unit

It was exactly what I had been dreaming about. It could be customized to fit my space, it had cubbyholes to fit my stuff and baskets…I loved the baskets. I was inspired and Christmas was only a month away. I knew that I didn’t have time to make it (full time student with finals on the way…) but was hoping that my sister could find the time to do it if I found her the pallets…NOPE….didn’t happen…she just didn’t have the time 🙁

So when the rest of my class mates where skiing and snowboarding over “Reading Break” I was building my entertainment unit…

I ended up not using pallets (I’ve never worked with them before, read up on using them and found that I just didn’t have the time/energy to deal with them – maybe down the road) so instead I used 12 foot long 1×4 ($2.17 per) with a total cost under $75.

Sadly I don’t have any before’s or any pictures of my building it, but I remembered to take photos of me staining it… I had to wait until the end of March to stain as it was too cold in February.


Hard to believe that a month earlier there was snow on the ground.


And then it was time to install the TV. I hate cords, but didn’t know how to get rid of them until I saw another post from a blogger who’s name I can’t remember (sorry, I wasn’t planning on becoming a blogger at the time that I saw the post and didn’t write it down…) about putting them in the wall…

So I drilled some holes in the wall 1 by the TV and another by the plug-in.


Installed the TV, ran the cords through the wall and put everything away…



So now I have to do the Board and Batten because A) I’m in love with it (did you see how great it looked in the inspiration photo) and B) it will help my kitchen look like it belongs with the rest of the place (I love color and for years rejected white – my kitchen however is white… and I’m starting to appreciate white).

I also need to get a bigger TV (while spending less than $20) as I have a 27″ TV on a 10 foot wall…picture wise it works fine, it just looks a little small and pathetic on the wall…any suggestions, I don’t really want to buy a new TV…

I’ll be sharing at these awesome parties. Check out my party page to share the love. 

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18 thoughts on “Building an Entertainment Unit

  1. Ricki, I am quite impressed! You did an amazing job recreating your inspiration – beautifully done! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  2. Ricki, really great job on building this unit. I love how it turned out! Baskets always make things more interesting. I wouldn’t worry about the size of the t.v. for now, I think it looks just fine. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
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  3. Oh, if only I didn’t have the pellet stove in the corner! I’d love to have something like this! I’m kind of cracking up because your house is a lot like mine! Same set up in the pics I’ve seen so far. LOL!

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  5. Great job! I was going to suggest a frame around the TV, but I see the other Deborah already did. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


    • Thanks Deborah, and I agree with both of you on the frame around the TV, as the TV still works great and it’s only a couple of years old. I’ll probably share what ever I do sometime this fall/winter (I’ve got several things on the to-do list ahead of this one…) on What We Accomplished Wednesdays as I really love link parties and could be considered addicted to them… 😉

  6. You did a wonderful job! I saw that same post and used her method to make a cubby for my friends mudroom. As far as a TV goes, you want to be looking for refurbished. I found one at the Walmart website for my husbands man room. 47″ for $350. Works perfectly.
    Visiting from Snippets Monday link party!

  7. Love this! For your tv, I would use 1×4’s to make a sort of canvas with a frame stained to match your new unit or even paint it black to fool the eye into thinking your tv is larger. Use the 1×4’s cut to, oh 36″ or 40″ attach them all together with some 1×4 scraps on the back. Use the same to make the “frame”. Stain ot paint it. Pretty cheap fix.

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