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DIY Entertainment Unit Remodel {Update}

 Here’s a couple updates on what’s happening in our family room. 
Right before I left to go to Blissdom, we ripped apart our built-in entertainment unit:
 {sorry – this is a really old picture before we painted the room}
Our neighbor and handyman, Brent helped us install a false-back to hide the cords and help hold up the top part of the unit {it’s attached to studs in the wall too}. And then we installed beadboard with a panel that can be opened in case we need to get into the wires back there. Here’s a shot of the beadboard.
Now I just have to paint. 
And thanks everyone who voted on what color to paint it.
The winning vote was  Pottery Barn White. {{I’m so excited}}
I am going to start on it this weekend!!! 
 Here’s another shot. We built a floating shelf to hold the AV components but haven’t moved them up there yet. And do you like Ella’s picture that she taped up – lol? Just keeping it real :)
  I picked these knobs up for the drawers. They were on clearance.
I’m still trying to decide if they are the perfect ones…
I can’t wait to show you the whole thing once it’s done!!
 I also think I am going to slipcover my couch in something a little lighter.
What do you think?
maybe something like this?
 And maybe get a rug like this eventually:
And here’s something I love — 
I met a talented girl on Twitter last week, Ashley from The Shine Project.
Isn’t she cute?? Well, she has thought up a wonderful idea called
Ashley makes beautiful necklaces:
And she is contributing $$ from each necklace into Shine Project Scholarship fund!

“In January 2012, the money from The Shine Project will be going to
the first ever Shine Project Scholarship award
for an inner city school student’s college education.”

I thought that was a really cool idea.

{I love seeing people that are trying to make the world a better place}What is something YOU are loving this week??



  1. I love the drawer pulls!! Can't wait to see how it all comes together. I like the dark couch w/ the colorful pillows :)

  2. Michelle says:

    That is such a great idea and I love how it came out! Also the Shine project sounds awesome!!!

  3. theUngourmet says:

    I love the new drawer pulls. Darling! Yes, slipcover your sofa. You need something lighter for spring and summer. 😉 Can't wait to see the finished projects!

  4. My couch is almost identical to yours. We just bought ours a year ago and I regret everyday that I went with such a dark color.

    I can't wait to see your slipcovered!

  5. christini yogini says:

    Great way to rework that piece! I think the beadboard is charming, and the hardware! Looking forward to seeing the progression.

  6. Jayna Rae says:

    For the paint I like the whitest white. I can't remember what it was called. I love the handles you have right now. They really great.

    This week I am loving my mom. I got to hang out with her for the first time in quite awhile this week. She pretty much rocks! Plus, she gave me her Yudu machine after NEVER using it. This makes me have extra fuzzy feelings toward her right now.

    Those necklaces and the scholarship fund are awesome too.
    Okay, my comment is long enough.

  7. Sparrow's Nest says:

    I love love love those pulls :)

    Also your couch is awesome as is. It'll be a nice contrast to the light colors and whites.

  8. Love the hardware you picked out!! I think your couch would look fabulous covered in a lighter fabric as well! Love the look of the rugs you are looking at purchasing & LOVE those shine necklaces!

  9. Can't wait to see the finished product. Are you really going to slipcover the couch? That's a major undertaking. Very impressive!

  10. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    Love those knobs Jen!! A great pop of color!

  11. Flipfloppingmamma says:

    I know I'm supposed to be lovin' on the entertainment center but I LOVE LOVE LOVE your couch!!! Looks so comfy!! Someday….

  12. I can't wait to see it when it's completed. I love the idea of slip covering the couch. The pattern you've chosen is great. I love those rugs!!!!

  13. Carmel @ Our Fifth House says:

    The beadboard looks great! I love The Shine Project!

  14. That's a great way to revamp your entertainment center. I love it!


  15. Vivienne says:

    I can't wait to see the finished product! I love the concept of a false wall to hide cords, and I think those drawer/cabinet pulls are to die for!!!

  16. bethanndodd says:

    I am loving this post…a "fake" wall to hide cords…brilliant! And inspiration from Ashley…love it! I also love that it was 60+ degrees here in Missouri…the boys ran off LOTS of energy outside :)

  17. bethanndodd says:

    I am loving this post…a "fake" wall to hide cords…brilliant! And inspiration from Ashley…love it! I also love that it was 60+ degrees here in Missouri…the boys ran off LOTS of energy outside :)

  18. Know what my favorite thing is….besides you, of course….is HIDING CORDS! There aren't many things as satisfying as hiding cords. I don't know what it is. But it's so rewarding! Can't wait to see this painted. And then you can empower me to start painting all the horrid honey oak in this house. EEK!

  19. Lindalou says:

    This is a very cool project. Can't wait to see the finished project and I love the idea of a lighter fabric on the couch. Both projects will really lighten up the room.

  20. TeeBLiterary says:

    I love our new IKEA shelf, it has help us organize cookbooks, mail, and gives us a place to display some cool stuff, and space to buy a few new fun things! You can see it here:

    I love those rugs – I want one!!

  21. I am dying over that rug! Awesome! If you decide to create one, please do a tutorial because I will be the first to copy! :)

  22. Heidiopia says:

    Awesome problem-solving with the entertainment center, Jen. And yes, I think the lighter slipcover on your sofa will be wonderful. I have a dark brown suede couch myself and I lighten it up with light throws and pillows. But yours is larger, so a slipcover would definitely do the trick. Fun post and the necklaces are inspired… I have a few ladies in my life that would love them.
    Pop over to my blog and enter my giveaway if you'd like:

  23. I am dying over that hardware…where'd u find it?! I'll buy it off you if they aren't "the ones"! Thanks for sharing!

    the MomTog Diaries

  24. I LOVE LOVE your entertainment center. So creative! I'm also a fan of your brown sectional couch…it seems to blend really well with the rest of your decor. I think I would keep it the way it is. =)

    I've loved following your posts and think you have great ideas!


  25. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    I can't wait to see this when it is finished…you are so brave to just tear up the furniture. I know it is going to be great!

    As for what is keeping me happy this week…the sun is shining and little bits of green are showing up very slowly. It is still cold and a bit of snow is predicted, but I can tell spring is coming.

  26. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Is there anything you can't do?! 😉 😉 Love the transformation so far (and the cute picture taped up–my 5 yr. old does that). :) That is a big couch to slipcover, but I know you can do it. I've been wanting to do it with my own couch, but don't have the money or the know-how yet. 😉

  27. Valerie says:

    It looks fantastic! I am getting ready to slip my sectional in white denim… I can't wait to see how yours turns out! I really like the fabric you chose!

  28. Jen…I so admire your fearlessness when it comes to projects. You just take the leap and off you go! I can hardly wait to see what it's going to end up looking like…don't keep us waiting for long! Right now…I'm loving American Idol. One of the best seasons, so far!

  29. That hardware is pretty! And I love the throw rugs. Those are seriously cool.

  30. mmtncrfts says:

    Awesome job! I can't wait to see it when it's painted.
    One question, I LOVE the carpet. It is EXACTLY what I am looking for. Can you tell me what it is and where you got it?

  31. I can't wait to see it! We are getting built-ins made right now and they will be installed next week! I went with white and bead board!

  32. PinkGranny says:

    What a wonderful transformation of your entertainment center. My husband recentl "altered" ours too but I didn't think to take pictures. It looks great and saved us a lot of money. I am excited to see the rest of your family room update.

    The necklaces are so nice too and what a worthy cause.

  33. I love that beadboard!

    I just got permission from iKeith this morning to paint our entertainment center!!

    I'm THRILLED and Vivienne is going to help me!