I inherited this entertainment center from my husband when we got married. It really is not either one of our tastes, but for the moment, it is what we have. So many things about this bother me, where to start? My 10-month-old loved pulling all the DVDs off the shelves (notice how they are all up high?) Do you love the pull-ups box? Some things you just get used to seeing. I didn't even notice it when I took the picture!
The first thing I did was to make curtains out of painter's drop cloth. I didn't have a small enough rod to hold them in place, so I made a hem and put a pencil through it cut just slightly longer than the width of the shelving unit. I then drilled a hole on one side just the size of the pencil, stuck it in the hole and wedged the other side of the pencil against the inside of the shelving part. Does that make sense? I did this on both top and bottom and left the sides of the curtain open so we can still get to the DVDs. My son does not even go near the movies now!
Here is the almost completed after. My sister sprayed a primer on it, then spray painted the entire piece a deep espresso brown. I LOVE how it looks now! The only thing I still need to do is hide all the cords! Thinking of putting beadboard on the back to take care of that. The entire process cost less than $20.00 and it doesn't hurt my eyes anymore! My husband liked it so much he wants to do our table and chairs next.