Repurposed old entertainment units

In response to a largely throw-away world, repurposers and upcyclers have come back with a vengeance. Milk glass vases and comports in the office space. Old wooden file catalogues as wine storage. Hall tables used in bathroom as vanity-tops.

I like to think of myself as a repurposer. I love the idea of changing the use of a piece of furniture or home furnishing something that wasn’t actually purpose-built for it.

As Jasmine grows up, her toys are growing. In bulk and number. Most of her toys are Hannah’s toys, of course, but family and friends have added to that. My pretty emerald green cane toy basket is no longer the get go. {It will be repurposed again as a laundry basket.}

Can you spot my lost Jasmine in amongst all these large toys?

Can you spot my lost Jasmine in amongst all these large toys?

After much Pinterest-ing, I kinda liked the versatility of the 2×4 Expedit from IKEA. I especially loved the glossy red 2 x 4 Kallax shelving from IKEA as a solution (since the much-preferred Expedit is now gone).

The glossy red Kallax, via IKEA

The glossy red Kallax, via IKEA

I also really like these stackable wooden toy boxes as an option, but to buy 8-10 boxes can add up to a pretty shiny penny. (Here in Australia it’s 6 boxes for AUD$300.)

6 boxes for AUD$310, via Hip Kids

6 boxes for AUD$310, via Hip Kids

A Bright Idea

So one night about 4 AM whilst breastfeeding Jasmine, I hit upon a really feasible option: turning an old entertainment unit into a toy storage. With the slimming down of TV units, op shops, thrift stores and good will shops are filling with large, bulky entertainment units. But not any would do, of course. For my needs and where it needs to be stored, I had a few conditions; width of around 40cm, 1.5 metres in length and only up to 80cm height. Which narrows down alot of entertainment units out there (could be good, could be bad!).

That got me thinking about how versatile entertainment units are. These unit, while no longer a pretty option for your TVs, have a plethora of other uses:

Kitchen appliance storage

Scrapbooking storage

Change table

Cat bed/home

Dressup wardrobe


Potting bench

Mudroom storage

Shoe storage

Sewing table

Home office

Horse riding equipment


Chicken coop

Puppet stage


Pale blue kitchen from an old entertainment unit, via <a href=

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Dog bed

China cabinet storage


It will be painted. I promise myself and my family that I will attempt at keeping it clean!
But for now, the search will continue for one that suits my size restraints and budget.

14 July 2014



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