DIY Built-In Entertainment Center and Cabinet Doors

As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the last pieces to finish off our lower level remodel was a corner entertainment center. We built a similar one in our upstairs living room and since the corner was the best spot we could come up with to put the tv, we decided to basically do the same built-in downstairs. And of course it’s white 🙂

Jack has been wanting to take a shot at making his own cabinet doors so since we didn’t have the time to wait weeks for ordered doors to arrive, we made 4 doors for this built-in which only cost us $15 since we already had some mdf that we’ve been using for our trim and wainscoting.

We previously just had an IKEA tv stand that we had in our apartment in the corner:

Window and Door Trim

To make the built-in, we first had to build the face frame out of pine. We wanted it to hide cords and boxes so we chose 2 larger cabinets on either sides, 2 drawers, and 2 open shelves so the remote could connect to the receivers without having to open up a door. The face frame is made from 1″ x 4″ pieces of pine and attached by using a kreg jig.

Built In

We then built a cabinet box out of 1/2″ melamine. This was also used as the bottom shelf.  We then attached the face frame to the cabinet box with a nail gun and small finishing nails.

Built In

The drawer boxes are made out of 5 pieces of 1/2″ melamine. They are just glued and nailed together with a staple gun. These had to be really square to fit in the frame and to work correctly with the soft close sliders. The exposed wood edges got covered by ironing on edge banding.

Built In

Built In

To make the cabinet doors, we used pine but next time we would probably use something like maple so it is a little bit harder. The shaker style doors seemed the easiest to make for our first try so that’s what we went with. First, we cut the pieces for the rails and stiles to fit together using open mortise and tenon joinery (which is basically just a groove for the other piece to slide into). For the drawer doors, the stiles are 3 1/2 inches wide and the top and bottom pieces are 2 inches. The cabinet doors all have 3 1/2 inch rails and stiles.

Cabinet Doors

Cabinet Doors

The center pieces is a piece of mdf we cut to fit into the openings in our face frame. We attached 3 sides and then slid in the center panel before attaching the last side.

Cabinet Doors

Next, we sanded, painted, and sealed  the doors with a polycrylic. Then, we attached the doors to the face frame with hinges and soft close sliders. (Please excuse the tv being on in the next picture as we were watching the final round of the Masters on Sunday and it wasn’t really an option to turn it off for a good picture.)

Built In

We used some of the cabinet pulls we had leftover from redoing our kitchen cabinets. (You can tell the Masters was over by this point..)

Built In

Built In

Built In

Built-In

I was so happy that we didn’t have to order cabinet doors for this! If we ordered them from our usual place, just these 4 doors would have cost us around $220 instead of the $15 it took to make them ourselves. And it saved us a month of being cabinet door-less. Been there, done that. I could not decide where the best place in the room would be to put the tv but I think this built-in makes it look so much nicer than angling a tv stand in the corner and it blends in well with the wainscoting and fireplace!

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