Repurposed Nightstand Media Center

Repurposed Nightstand Media Center

Store and display media components in this refinished cabinet.


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Learn how to turn salvaged nightstands into modern and stylish media cabinets.

Materials
2 flea market nightstands with drawers
Skill saw
Flathead screwdriver
Speed square
Pencil
Cabinet latches
Impact driver drill
Paint or furniture oil (optional)

Instructions

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  1. In order to create shelving for your media components, first remove the existing drawers from the nightstand.
  2. Unscrew the fasteners holding the wooden rails where the drawers once sat with a flathead screwdriver.
  3. Place a speed square, on both the outside left and right sides of the drawer, aligning it with where the drawer body meets the drawer face. Mark the line with a pencil. Repeat this process with each drawer. Using a skill saw, cut along the pencil lines to detach the drawer faces from the drawer bodies.

Tip: Be sure to always cut on the “waste” side of the pencil line, to avoid cutting too close to the drawer face.

  1. On the short sides of the back of the drawer faces, divide the length by two to find the center point where your cabinet latches will be attached. Line up your drawer face to the opening on the side table, and mark where your cabinet latches will match up on the drawer openings.
  2. Align the pin side of the cabinet latch on your marks on the backside of the drawer face and drill it into place using the impact driver drill and the screws provided with the cabinet latch mechanism.
  3. Install the catch side of the cabinet latch on your corresponding marks on the drawer openings of the side table. Make sure the pin and catch sides are aligned and adjust accordingly.
  4. Repeat steps 4 - 6 with the remaining drawer faces.
  5. Determine where you will want the electronic cable relief holes at the back of the cabinet and mark the position with the pencil. Using a 2-inch hole saw bit, drill out the relief holes and remove the circles.
  6. If you would like to refresh the look of your cabinet with paint, you will need to first sand the wood with 150-grit sandpaper to remove any imperfections and top-layer finish. Follow up with one to two coats of your choice of paint. If you would rather restore the original surface of your finished media cabinet, apply furniture oil with a cotton rag to clean and refresh the surface of the wood. Be sure to wipe the oil along the grain of the wood.

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