I’ve known my friend Mary Grace for twenty years (since we were both young, hot and single East Coasters!) Now she’s a hot, married mother of twins living in the San Francisco Bay area. When I visited her last year I noticed she had transformed her lovely Mission style entertainment center in the living room into game and toy storage for her kids.
Once she and her husband replaced their old television with a flat panel on the wall, the entertainment center needed a new job. Mary Grace’s clever repurposing project got me thinking of about other ways to use what must be hundreds of thousands of entertainment centers rendered useless by the proliferation of affordable flat panel televisions. (The bummer is it's hard to even sell them on Craigslist anymore because so few people have the big tube televisions)
You may need to install a few sturdy shelves into the large opening where the tv used to sit, but once it’s shelved, bring it back to life by using it one of these new ways.
- Move it into your guest room
for your guests to store their clothing in or store bed linens in it.
- If you have a wide hallway,
try using it to store all your towels and washcloths.
- Use it for storing arts,
crafting, sewing and knitting supplies.
- In your home office, use it
as a bookshelf for reference materials, binders or magazines.
- If you’re a scrapbooker,
your old entertainment center can store your scrapbooking supplies and finished
albums, as well as traditional photo albums.
- If you have a small kitchen, store overflow entertaining, serving and cooking pieces or small kitchen appliances in it.
So if you can’t sell your old entertainment center, before donating it, consider repurposing it in another part of your home where it can once again bring you value.