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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

{pottery barn style entertainment center}

First of all, I have to apologize for the poor picture quality. There is horrible lighting in the basement (as far as pictures go), and after many tries, these were the best I could get. So, you might have to use your imagination a little bit. :)

My husband and I make a good team. He started woodworking in high school, and it has been a passion of his ever since. I'm pretty handy with a lot of tools, but this is his area of expertise. One day I'll learn more about woodworking, but for now, our system works really well. I do the design & finish work, and he does the building. The only problem is, my list of projects is really long, and I just keep adding to it!

We finished our basement last summer, and I have been wanting an entertainment center down there ever since. We finally were able to finish it a couple of weeks ago, and the hinges we ordered for it arrived yesterday. I LOVE how it turned out!


1. I used a spray primer--they are fast and easy.

2. We recently purchased a paint sprayer, so I was able to use regular interior paint. Otherwise, I would have used spray paint. If you are doing a lot of painting on a regular basis, I highly recommend purchasing one. It will save you a lot of time and money, especially if you are using spray paint to get that more professional finish. After the paint was dry, a wipe-on poly was next.

3. I really wanted a really distressed look, so after I used the power sander on all the edges, I used a hammer and chains to make random dents in it.

4. The last touch was the hardware. I think it makes such a different in the final product. I found the most fabulous black hammered hinges at All of them are hand forged, and even the invoice came with a personally written note.

If you are interested in the plans, please e-mail me.



Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

I love it! My hubby is a builder too, and I keep him busy with all kinds of projects around the house!

May 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger just call me jo said...

Cute, cute. Love it. I've never distressed the way you are supposed to (like you did.) I need to try it some day. My husband is NOT a builder, so I need to find a prefabbed one cheap.

May 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Country Dreaming said...

Very cute. You both did GOOD. Love the color too.


May 18, 2010 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger jenjen said...

Really really cute! Wonderful color!


May 19, 2010 at 1:55 AM  
Blogger Rob and Toni said...

You guys did an awesome job! I wish we had half the tools you guys do so Rob could make more stuff. That's what I miss about him working at the shop :(

May 19, 2010 at 3:32 AM  
Blogger Wife and Mama said...

What brand/paint color did you use?

May 20, 2010 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger brown paper packages said...

Wife and Mama--it's Dutch Boy (Walmart), and the color is Roasted Tomato.

May 22, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

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