Picture of Upcycled TV stand distressed with fire!
Today's DIY project: Upcycle a louvered door and lapboard doors into a television stand.

Thank you for viewing my instructable! This is my first tutorial, and, if it goes well, there will be many more to come! This tutorial will focus on the design and techniques I used to build my tv stand. I won't be too specific as far as the size and the measurements go because you will need to determine that based on your needs and your materials. Please feel free to ask any questions and leave any constructive criticism under the comments.

My girlfriend and I purchased our first home about a year ago. Since then, we've done quite a bit of remodeling. From completely gutting and updating one bathroom, to opening up walls and ceilings, there isn't much I haven't done. I've played the part of a carpenter, an electrician, a plumber and now a designer. We needed a tv stand that would match the decor in the master bedroom and we were having a hard time finding something both affordable and fitting. We saw this tv stand at Target and instead of spending $200 on it, I figured I could make a nicer version of it for way less. So, I decided to go through some old materials I had kicking around in the attic. I found this louvered door and a pair of lapboard basement doors that I figured would do the trick! My plan was to cut the louvered door down for use as two cabinet doors and use the lapboard doors to cover the frame of the cabinet.

The materials used are pretty easy to come across; people throw this "crap" out all the time. I'm a huge fan of flea markets, tag sales and Craigslist. Another viable option is to take a peek in a dumpster outside a home that's being remodeled. If you see anything good, ask the contractor if it's okay if you snag it. You'll be really surprised at what people throw out. Between these four options, you can find just about anything you need for any project, and on the cheap!


ijust_n1 year ago
adarii1 year ago
Really beautifully done !
YPF1 year ago
Congratulation for such a great piece of work! A simple concept, a smart idea for the 'aging' effect and what a result! You definitely get my vote for the contest.
ctx19851 year ago
This is one of the most creative and beautiful instructable furniture builds I have ever seen! Such a great idea to give it the 'burned' look! Fantastic job! Can't wait to see more of your instructables!
nakigara1 year ago
It probably won't work well for the more intricate pieces (louvers, etc.), but for bulkier items of furniture, I like doing a similar method, except I burn a full char, and then scrub it off with a brush, and seal it.

It's really messy though, but it gives the wood a nice brown-black color (depending on how hard you scrub it with the brush), and really brings out the grain. plus, it's pretty easy, and you get to skip the sanding part.

Nice job though, looks nice.
pinguit1 year ago
wonderful, like it
sniffydogs1 year ago
Really love this! Looks very sturdy and well-made. Fantastic that you re-purposed wood.
krimmy2 years ago
Awesome! Would be a great way to hide some out of place looking stereo speakers in.
RichOBrien (author)  krimmy1 year ago
That's a really good idea. Soon I'll be finishing the bar for my pinball cave. Maybe I'll incorporate some speakers into it.
Love the work you did on that cabinet. Very inspiring
Pam63701 year ago
This is beautiful! Great job.
WokenBoken2 years ago
Nice job!
studleylee2 years ago
I really like this! I'm doing a very similar project this weekend and this has given me new perspective. Thanks!
RichOBrien (author) 2 years ago
Thanks to everybody for the kind words. I've got a couple more projects to do so I'll probably be posting another instructable soon!
I just built an outdoors farmhouse style table that is huge. I planned on just staining it, but I think I might run a torch over it first. Good tip!
RichOBrien (author)  ColumbusCOOK2 years ago
That's awesome! One thing I forgot to mention... Watch out for runs in the stain around the toasted areas because the wood tends to reject the stain a bit.
Beautiful job, I love the blow torch distressing I haven't seen that done for a long long time.
I look forward to seeing what you show us next.
houdini01182 years ago
Wow very nice i like the torch distressing i might have to try that some time.
bitsy1132 years ago
Beautiful!! The beating it up would be the fun part!! LOL!!
jarikcbol2 years ago
that turned out gorgeous.
zap19982 years ago
Really nice project. It turned out awesome. I'm gonna use your "antiquing" technique on a small project I've been working on.
husamwadi2 years ago
Dude...You could totally slap some logo on it and sell it for 10,000$ as some "vintage" stand piece.

Hell I would! Great job man, I LOVE the old/antiqued look!
austing912 years ago
Wow, this really turned out beautifully.
Mr. Noack2 years ago
It's strange to build something and then beat it up, but the finish turned out great!
Tazmjm692 years ago
Nice job, it turned out great!