Building Our Wayfair Entertainment Center

For months I searched and searched trying to find the perfect fireplace entertainment center for our living room. I went the usual route of checking all the local furniture stores around us. None of them had anything in a style I wanted. Most had the cherry wood look or a plain white. I wanted something more rustic or just pretty looking.

So online I went Amazon, Walmart, etc. Then I came across Wayfair. I kept thinking why didn’t I look at Wayfair sooner I am an affiliate after all!
They have so many to choose from cute farmhouse, rustic, plain, cherry, etc. Then I came across the one we bought which was McCrea media 58″ with fireplace. I have attached the link to the tv stand on the words. This is an affiliate link keep in mind when you purchase something from my website I get a small commission at no cost to you. It also helps support my blog.

You can also purchase other entertainment centers from the Wayfair link below.

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Ordering

I was kind of leery about ordering online not being able to see it in person. All I can say is this is good quality. It is heavy and not hard to build. Which looking at the specs online the weight is what sold us. With weight sometimes it can tell you a lot when it comes to furniture this one weighed over 150lbs. Now if we had seen something that weighed 30lbs I probably would have of passed.

If you are used to building IKEA furniture this is not a big deal to build. It took me about 2 hours to build it from start to finish by myself. The part that took the longest was attaching the back. You have like 40 small screws to screw in.

It came in 3 boxes I had to pull it all out before I could start.

Step One

Follow the directions that come with the entertainment center. For the first step, you take the bottom piece and put on the four walls.

 

Step Two

Now you will want to put on the middle long piece.

Step Three 

You will want to put the next walls on it.

Step Four

Now you will add the top piece on.So on this part, you will need to use a small screwdriver the top part wasn’t long enough for a regular screwdriver.

Step Five

You will add on the front doors I missed a picture of this. Then you will screw on the back there are a lot of screws to this part.

Step Six

The last step is to screw in the fireplace.

Final Look!

In all, I love this entertainment center and the fireplace makes it’s so much better.

 

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Redo Your Own Beautiful Entry Table

This is my experience redoing an entry table and I thought I would share my experience with you.

First, off I should start by saying I am in no way a professional this post is how I did the project. Please remember to use safety at all times.  This post contains amazon affiliate links for more info visit my disclosure page.

Before Pictures

I bought this entry table from the thrift store for $15.  I never seem to find good furniture for a good deal, it needed to be made over it had some scratches across the top and on some of the legs. Sorry, I forgot to take a copy of the table top before.
before

Redo Table-Clean and Sand First

Clean it off first so any gunk is removed before you sand or paint.

We sanded the top using  80 grit sandpaper on our orbital sander. This sandpaper is super rough and sands quick watch it if you use this don’t stop moving the sander or it will be hard to go back later to fix it.It leaves little swirls in the wood if you go too slow. I have seen a project before with swirls left in and when they stained it the swirls were darker than the rest of the table 🙁

We then used 220 grit to smooth it out.  After we did the top and as much of the sides as we could we took a Dremel tool and got up close to the edge to get the dark stain out.

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The next step we lightly sanded the legs and base of the table.

Make sure after its all sanded that you clean it so no wood sand is left behind.

Removing Embellishment

I took off the old embellishment and added this new one. I used a flathead screwdriver to pry the old one off then I used wood glue to glue the new one on. Use clamps to help keep it on while the glue is drying this makes it stay on longer.

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Staining

We then took gray stain and stained the table top. We stained the whole top including the edge. The sides of the tabletop were pressed wood and had a few areas that didn’t take the stain well. We were ok with it having a few imperfections you may not be. If you do not and use a similar table maybe paint it to match the legs or the stain it will still look great! We had to stain it 3 times to get the color we were going for. I followed the directions on the can of stain also used a foam brush to apply the stain once you can throw away the brush.

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Paint

We painted the legs with the chalk paint mixture

It is 1 cup paint (white interior house paint) to 1/3 cup water and 1/3 cup plaster of Paris.

Because our table was so dark it took 4 coats of paint to get the color coverage I wanted.  You could use regular paint or a different mixture to get the coverage you want. I really just like the look that chalk paint has to offer. I really didn’t have extra money to get the real chalk paint so making this mixture was a lot better for what I needed.table-14

Sealing the table

After its all dry we had to seal it. For the top, we used polycyclic to give it a hardtop that won’t easily stain, crack etc. We used wax for the legs. Follow the directions on the can to apply the polycyclic and wax.redone entry table white and gray

Final Redone Entry Table

Here is the final look. I love it and can’t wait to redo more things.

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