Entertainment Center Make Over

Today, I wanted to show you some pictures of an Entertainment Center that I bought from a friend for $75.00

This unit is very solid and had great bones.

The style of it was what needed some help.

It looked like a flash from the past, and I wanted it to become the focal point of my formal living room.

Enjoy the pictures.

(If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comment box below.)

tv cabitnet before









As you can see in the BEFORE picture. This cabinet had GREAT bones. It just needed an update.













The first thing I did was sand the entire cabinet to make sure that the MINWAX GEL STAIN would stick to the surface.

Then I purchased these gorgeous accent pieces from RESTORATION HARDWARE to give the cabinet some interest and style.

I painted them to look like old silver cut outs then I nailed them to the front of the two bottom drawers and on the front of the TV stand I built for this project.

I replaced the round knobs on each drawer with some old cupboard handles that I took out of an old trailer house kitchen.  I repainted the handles to make them look like silver jewelry.












The next thing I did was paint the shelves a light turquoise blue color to match the other pieces of furniture in my living room.

I used the gel stain to mimic the look of Hickory wood.

Now with the added inlay’s this piece looks like a custom cabinet that cost hundreds of dollars.

The finished project cost me $115.00. 

So, I now have a custom piece of furniture in my home that looks expensive, but actually was very affordable.


Here are the side by side pictures of the BEFORE and AFTER






Today, I wanted to show you some pictures of a broken dresser that I had.

I was ready to throw it out, but I figured that since I needed this dresser in my bedroom, I would see if I could save us money by RESCUING it instead of throwing it out.

I wanted it to look good with the Arches National Park theme in my master bedroom, so I sketched out a design that would match my room.

Please let me know what you think of the transformation in the comments below.











SO…Here is what the dresser looked like when I started.

As you can see it has one drawer that has completely broken out of it and cannot be repaired.

(Which is the reason why I was going to throw it away.)

But wait till you see how I saved this dresser.












The first thing I did was sand the entire surface so that the new paint would stick.

Then I painted the body of the dresser with a turquoise blue color.









The next thing I did was take some old brown paper ( the kind from grocery bags) and used MOD PODGE to glue it to the top of the dresser to give the top the look of old leather.

Then I added a second layer of MOD PODGE to the top of the paper and while it was still wet, I painted the top with  a mahogany colored wood stain.











Now that I had the top and body all repainted, it was time to choose a design.

I cut out a diamond from a piece of cardboard to use as a template then found the exact center of each drawer and traced the diamond on each drawer.

I then got out my level and made the straight lines, and then used the diamond template again on the edged of each drawer.














Now that I have the pattern on the drawer, I just need to decide what colors to paint each section.















Now that I have it all base coated, I thought that it might look  better if I made the center diamond match the top of the dresser with the old leather look.

So I cut out three pieces of brown paper using the cardboard template, then glued it to the drawer using Modge Podge, then painted it with the wood stain.












I like it better with the “leather look” diamonds.

It has a older, more western look to it now.











The next thing I did to the dresser was add some graphics to the stripes next to the diamond. I did not paint these on, I used a graphic that I had printed on my ink jet printer and just Modge Podged it to the drawer like I had the brown paper.











The last thing I did to the drawers was to add nail head tacks to the outline the diamonds, and make it look like the leather diamonds had been nailed onto the drawers.


But what about that broken drawer?

Well… I cut a piece of 1/4″ MDF board the eaxt size of the opening, then covered it with the paper and made it look exactly like the top of the dresser then inserted it as a shelf using 4 L brackets to hold it up.


And here is the finished dresser.















Here are the side by side pictures of the BEFORE and AFTER.








Don’t be afraid of becoming who you are.

(That sentence may sound like a simple instruction to follow, but it CAN actually be extremely difficult to do.)

Trust me when I tell you:

The exact minute that you decide you are going to become who you are meant to be in this world, will also become the


you begin to soar.

The biggest enemy to your individual flight will be criticism.

Criticism stops us all at times.

But look at your critic as a person,

NOT as a God.

When we place critics in the proper perspective we can get on with our life’s mission.

Some pieces of criticism may have some truth to them.

But it is up to you to,

Look within and pick the  nugget of truth contained in the remark…

Then, Correct.

And continue to soar.


Refuse to be placed in a niche.

You are meant to have an impact on the world with your brilliance.
Shine without waiting for permission.

We all have something special within us to bring to the world.

Don’t let your

‘special something’

die within you.

Do whatever is necessary to bring your gift to the world.

It has been my experience in life that the very people who I thought would validate my individual gifts ended up being the ones to let me down.


The best way I have found to get even with them is to refuse to allow them to distinguish your light.


My life took a dramatic “RIGHT” turn the minute that I learned the importance of offering myself encouragement.

I have learned that I MUST do something every single day that brings me satisfaction and joy.

If you are ever going to become a light in this world, it is vital that you understand how to recharge yourself.

Don’t let your light burn out from overheating.



Know yourself.

Know your brilliance.

Be secure in your brilliance.

Don’t bow to people who want you to beg them to allow you to shine.



Don’t hate.

When you encounter opposition take a moment to think and see why it has entered your life.

Learn from it.

Maybe it’s something you need to correct.

Maybe not.

See it for what it is.

When you really see it, you can move on, and shine some more.


If you slip and fall and your light dims, don’t get discouraged.

Keep shining and you will gain strength.


Let your light shine in the dungeon.

Let your light shine in the desert.

Let your light shine regardless of what’s going on in your life.

Always be the light.

Be kind.

Be gentle.

Be confident.

Shine wherever you are.




I love this quote.

It is a thought that we should all adopt into our everyday thinking.

Today, I want to share a few pictures of my family hauling hay on our farm.

My heart swells with love when we are all together working the land. I love this time together because we just get to be together as a family working together toward a common goal.

We have had so many fun times on the farm already since we met Jeff.

So today, I am thankful for him, his family, and the time we share on his farm together.

Worst Day OR…Best Day.

As a child I loved to listen to the stories that my grandparents would tell.

But I have to admit that the stories that I seem to always gravitate toward are the stories that inspire legends or tales that have a nugget of wisdom attached.

So today, I am going to write about how we actually get to CHOOSE what kind of DAY,


and LIFE

We are going to have by the attitude we have and the choices we make.

To help me illustrate my point I am going to share one of my favorite stories. It was one that I learned in the 6th grade.

It is a Chinese tale from Huai Nanzi about an old man who lost a horse.

This fable seems very relevant in today’s world:

One night the horse broke out of its pen and ran away. The man’s son cried, “Father, our prized horse has run away! How could this happen? This must be the worst day of our lives!”

The father smiled and calmly replied, “Is that so? Are you so certain?”

Shortly after the horse came back and along with the single horse came many more and now the poor farmer had a herd of horses. The son happily exclaimed, “Father, our horse has brought us more horses than I ever thought we could have! This is the greatest day of our lives!”

The wise father smiled and said calmly, “Is that so? Are you so certain?”

The next morning the son got up early to try and ride one of the new horses. He was bucked off and broke his leg. The farmer’s son said, “Father, I have broken my leg and now I cannot work in the fields. We may lose our crops. This is the worst day of my life.”

The father smiled and calmly replied, “Is that so? Are you so certain?”

Then war broke out in the state and the government sent soldiers to all the villages to recruit the young men for their front lines. They came to the farmer’s home for his son. They took the horses from him but upon seeing the son’s broken leg they did not take him. After the soldiers had left the village with all the other young men the farmer’s wife said, “This is the happiest day of our lives.”

The father smiled and calmly replied, “Is that so? Are you so certain?”

The road of life has all kinds of twists and turns that are unforeseen.

What may look like the worst of times MAY JUST provide the opportunity for something else.

At the same time those times when things look like they are all going smoothly can get derailed.

No one is immune to the highs and lows of life.

But if there is ONE THING I know for sure it is this:

Those who do best are the ones who know how to handle both in moderation and do not over react when in deep valleys or high peaks.

By learning to adapt, and develop a resilient personality, you become free from the bonds that almost always lead you to an emotional roller coaster ride.

The middle road does not mean to turn our emotions off.

It simply means that you have the ability to recognize the power you have in yourself to separate from the circumstances you are facing.


Once this occurs, outside circumstances, good or bad, are not as climatic and dismal.

They are just circumstances. 

You become empowered.

You become wise.

Remember, what seems like misfortune may turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

SO today, Decide that: