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Project by Rickterscale posted 809 days ago 1104 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the built-in entertainment center I built about 2 years ago. I almost feel it’s a little sacrilegious to post this here, as you don’t see many painted projects here on LJ. I wanted to do it out of some nice cherry, which I haven’t worked with yet, but the wife wanted it painted white, and I relented. So it’s made out of MDF, with poplar for the face frames. The last photo shows the 8 foot by 10 foot recess in our family room wall that the entertainment center fills.

It is comprised of six separate units held together by hidden bolts, four doors in the lower units, a wide slide-out drawer on the bottom, and alltogether 25 shelves to fill. One added bonus is that it made the pictured 52” tv look small, so since shooting these pictures I’ve upgraded to a 60”! Big entertainment center requires a bit tv, right?.

The second photo shows how I made the units of three different depths to add variation and interest to what is otherwise a fairly simple design. I added puck lighting along the top. In retrospect, I think glass shelves would have been a good idea to let the light flow down to lower levels, but still looks pretty good as is. Paint is an oil-based enamel I sprayed on with the Rocker HVLP gun, which worked surprisingly well for a cheapie.

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#1 posted 809 days ago

A great looking entertainment center, not every thing has to have a natural finish.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 809 days ago

It looks very nice and was good use of the space. It would have been nice if the pictures you posted were bigger to show off your handiwork. Glad to hear the the HVLP gun worked well for you.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#3 posted 809 days ago

Nice Job !!
The paint job looks awsome!

I’m workong on a computer desk which I chose to paint to keep the cost down,
I look foward to post when done, still need to finish the doors ! will be doing similar project for my living room
when time permits.
Great Job,

To God Be The Glory !!

-- Bro. Ray

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#4 posted 809 days ago

Yeah, sorry about the small pics. The computer I had the pics stored on was stolen last year, and all I could find were these tiny photos I had previously posted on a blog.

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#5 posted 809 days ago

Very nice. Mine has been in the planning stages for almost 3 years now. This gives me a few more ideas.
Thanks for posting.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 809 days ago

Looks great. And good show on making the TV spot “too big”. Ill have to remember that one

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#7 posted 809 days ago

impressive entertainment center

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 809 days ago

Looks great to me! We got to pick our battles with our better halves some times… Looks like you both came out a winner on this one. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 808 days ago

That is really, really nice. The only thing I would say, and it’s minor, is next time scribe the cabinet to the wall so you can avoid those caulk lines.

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#10 posted 808 days ago

thanks, but that’s not caulk you’re seeing, but wood trim.

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#11 posted 799 days ago

I love the way your tv looks like it halved in size once the entertainment center was there. That thing is huge, good work.

-- Time to get started

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