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Upcycled built-in TV cabinet

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This clever project turned an old TV unit into a built-in cabinet with a Hevea timber top.





The project


My living room is quite small so I try to save space however I can. I took an old TV unit that my brother didn't want, pulled it apart and re-used some of the timber to make a smaller built-in unit.


First I had to check that my new cabinet would fit the space.




NBN, antenna and power had to be accommodated.




Ready to spray paint.




The finished product. 


Built-in Finished.jpg


The new cabinet is 2.6m long but only 30cm wide. It's painted the same colour as the feature wall. The joins are simple butt joints glued and nailed.


The top is a Hevea panel from Bunnings, which has a very nice, light grain. I wanted to use the original timber and paint it white for the top but it had a crack down the centre. 


Hevea Top.jpg


It took a bit of pulling out screws and nails and sanding and filling. It would have been easier to buy new timber but I guess I did save money.


I see so many old entertainment units out on the footpath and I think it a pity they couldn't be repurposed, so I did with this one. I'm a very happy D.I.Y-er.


More inspiration for your home


Bunnings Workshop member eriktank made this wall-mounted timber entertainment unit using a glass shelf from an old piece of furniture and some decorative LED lighting.




Workshop member Rharr created this custom shelving unit under their TV using SpecRite Hevea Timber Panels.




For more great ideas check out our collection of 8 inspiring cabinet projects and our Top 10 most popular storage projects.


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