DIY Built-In Entertainment Center: Final Reveal

How to build a built in entertainment center with storage, under cabinet lighting and bookshelves.This was a beautiful addition to our home!

How to build your own distressed DIY built-in entertainment center with bookshelves, under cabinet lighting, and storage space.


DIY Built-In Entertainment Center



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This is one of the cooler projects we've done, and it was a LOT of work. It took us about three weeks total. My husband did the majority of the work honestly because I'm not allowed near sharp objects... (only joking a little bit here, I'm really accident prone). I did the organizing and the painting.

Breakdown of Costs:

  • Cabinets, Countertop, and Base: $569.76
  • Bookshelf/Miscellaneous Other Supplies: $427.05
  • Desk Grommets and 2" Forstner Bit: $25.90
  • Two more cabinets: $122.00
  • Cabinet Lighting: $34.75
  • Cabinet hardware: $19.95 (plus two I had sitting around from another project)
  • TV Mount: $28.69
  • Painting Supplies: $9.94 (I had everything besides some extra sandpaper that I needed)
Total Spent on Project: $1,238.04

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We also added these cabinet hardware to the front of the cabinets:



I recommend getting a template to help install the hardware. Here's a link to the one we got:



Here's how it works when you're marking the holes. Then you just drill through and screw the knobs/handles on. Pretty easy and they all end up even which is nice. Unless your husband thinks he sees his mark and it's really just a spot on the distressed paint... haha. We had one little accident that required some wood filler. I suppose you may want to pick something more obvious when you mark the holes or be very careful. 

Adding hardware to distressed cabinets for built-ins.

We also added trim. Sigh, it's so pretty.
View of under cabinet lighting and trim on built in bookshelves.



Here's some more pictures of the built-in entertainment center for your enjoyment. Gosh I could look at it ALL DAY LONG. My husband rocks.
Before and after we built our built-in entertainment center.

Built-In bookshelves, storage, and entertainment center: lights on.

Built-In bookshelves, storage, and entertainment center: lights off.

Area for game systems in our built-in entertainment center.

Close up of our lighted built in bookshelves.

This project was initially inspired by the one done by Addicted2Decorating. My other posts on this project can be viewed here:

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