Before & After: Transforming an Old-School TV Armoire

Before & After: Transforming an Old-School TV Armoire

Colleen Quinn
Dec 16, 2010

Back in October I shared the picture above of the old-school tech that graced my new home overseas. Though my shipment has yet to be delivered, my husband's arrived last month and we have been enjoying his 47" flat screen ever since. The bigger TV obviously negated the need for this TV armoire, but it came with the house and so is here to stay. After a little tickering and with some help from my husband, I gave this old school armoire new life just in time for holiday entertaining.

Yes- that useless TV armoire has become a pretty cool liquor cabinet/bar without too much work or structural change. I bought the mirror (IKEA) and the two towel bars, but the ceramic tile was left over from a retiling project in the house and therefore free! My husband used scrap plywood to knock together the steps for the bottles, steps we then spray-painted to match the mirror. Just today we added the battery-operated under cabinet LED lights that cast a funky glow over the bottles and work surface.

Originally, each of the upper cabinets had one shelf in the middle; moving both to one side created an instant wine rack and gives me a place to store extra bottle or glasses as the need arises. The lower compartments offer more storage for glasses, napkins, placemats, and other entertaining necessities. Best of all from my perspective, I haven't made any permanent changes which is essential since I don't own the piece.

These TV armoires were all the rage a few years ago, before large flat screens took over the TV markets and made their original purpose obsolete. That said, a solid and expensive piece of wood furniture like this is obviously designed to outlast the tech it was built to house, so I was thrilled to be able to give it a new purpose and a new lease on life. If you have transformed an old-school TV armoire, share the details in the comments below.

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