Built-In Entertainment Center: Cabinet Base


Build-In Entertainment Center: Cabinet Base

How to DIY your own entertainment center: cabinet base

I am SO excited that I got my husband on board with putting in a built-in entertainment center/bookcases. This is our inspiration post by Addicted2Decorating.com which we tried to follow as we didn't have the skills to figure this out on our own. Our inlaws came up so we decided to get started on this project while they were around to watch the kiddos for a bit. 

I ordered these cabinets through Ebates and Lowes. You sign up for an Ebates account (by clicking on this link, you support my blog. Thank you!), then visit Lowes through the Ebates website. This gets you a percentage back on your purchase. Currently Lowes has a deal for 20% off in stock cabinets over $400, plus I used a coupon code I found for $10 off a purchase of $40 or more. We chose to pick up at store which has no shipping fees. The benefit to ordering this way, besides just the coupons, is that the cabinets are pulled down ahead of time and kept for you up by the customer service desk. They called us when they were ready (within an hour because they were all in stock). This meant we didn't have to find an employee to help us get them down and wait for them to get them all down using the lift things. Wayyyyyy easier.
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Our wall is 164" long so we ordered the following:
  • 2x 12"w cabinets
  • 2x 36"w cabinets
  • 2x 30"w cabinets
It left a little extra at the end, but we opted to do that in order to leave an area to go around the corner without running into the shelves. I'll list our supplies purchases so far, as well as the costs, at the bottom of this post.

These all fit in our minivan with the seats out. Gosh I wasn't so sure about this whole minivan thing (I'm a big fan of our Hybrid Prius and the 44MPG I get in it), but it sure comes in handy for actually putting something besides the kids in the car!

Before we bought everything, my mother-in-law suggested we use masking tape to show where everything would go on the floor. This helped a lot while we were doing the whole process.

We had to remove the molding around the area we were installing the built-in cabinets. We opted to remove the molding for just the laminate floors and leave the white molding and work around it.

Daddy B then calculated measurements to build a base for the cabinets and used dowels (using a pro-doweling kit he found) to combine pieces so they were long enough. I think in the original tutorial she build a separate base for each set of cabinets, but he built one big base instead.

For the front of the base, he cut a slanted edge on two boards (because he didn't have one board long enough for the whole base) so he could combine them without having as rough of an edge like if he'd just combined them with two vertical cuts. 

Here he is with the base being built, then a later picture with the base and the cabinets on top.

He did this. I have no idea how it looks so perfect or what he did here.
But it fits to wall nicer without him needing to remove the baseboard.
Once the base was on, Daddy B started installing the cabinets which screw into each other and the wall. He made sure to measure out where the outlets were and cut a spot out for them to come through. We will also cut a hole in the top of the cabinet and the countertop to run cords through for the electronics.

And here we are, all setup with the cabinets screwed together and mounted on the base. We didn't use glue on the base to hold the cabinets on. Hoping that wasn't a mistake. We are pretty huge amateurs when it comes to any woodworking, but we're slowly learning and Daddy B is very good at figuring this stuff out.

Supplies Purchased and Price:
  • 2x 12"w cabinets (12x30"): $101.82
  • 2x 36"w cabinets (36x30"): $189.92
  • 2x 30"w cabinets (30x30"): $164.47
  • 8" Steel Molding Bar: $9.77
  • Pro Doweling Jig: $28.98
  • Box of Screws: $5.58
  • End Piece to Match Cabinets (covers the end that shows so it doesn't look icky): $7
  • 21/32"x16"x3' Wood (Listed at PNT on receipt, 5 @ $7.90): $39.50
  • 1x4x8' Top Choice Wood for Countertop (Listed as Whtwd on receipt, 4 @ $5.68): $22.72
We had a lot of the other equipment needed so there was no cost to that... ie. an electric screwdriver, saw, etc.

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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DIY Danielle: Built-In Entertainment Center: Cabinet Base
Built-In Entertainment Center: Cabinet Base
Build-In Entertainment Center: Cabinet Base
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