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. Built ins are a great way to organize your home. 

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 on the front of the cabinets for the built in entertainment center. 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 a DIY entertainment center.

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.

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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DIY Danielle: DIY Built-In Entertainment Center: Final Reveal
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!
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