Juliet Chung had an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal recently about the demise of the entertainment armoire (coupled with the rise of the flat-screen TV).
But yours doesn't have to join the eBay and craigslist slushpile. She points to a recent episode of HGTV's Design on a Dime where Spencer Anderson turns an unused entertainment armoires into a computer workstation.
Materials: A screw gun or Allen wrench, wooden clothing rod and two mounting cups (available at hardware stores), primer, paint, paintbrush and roller.
- Unscrew the TV shelf and slider and remove them.
- Cut the clothing rod down to size, or ask the hardware store to do it for you.
- Screw the mounting cups onto either side of the armoire's interior, then insert the rod into the cups.
- Prime the interior using a high-quality paintbrush to avoid leaving hair in the finish.
- Paint the interior, using a foam roller for a more uniform finish. Using a different color from the outside "can make the interior pop," says Mr. Anderson, who adds that black can look particularly elegant. Mr. Anderson also recommends using semigloss paint.