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!

Step 1: Tools and materials

Tools used:
Miter saw
Table saw
Skil saw
Drill bits
Portable propane torch
Palm sander
Paint brush
Carpenter's square
Trim nail gun and air compressor (not necessary but very convenient!)
Proper safety equipment including a fire extinguisher or garden hose

Louvered door
Shiplap board doors
5- 2"x3" pine studs ($2 something each)
4- 8' pine shiplap boards ($7 each)  to cover what the shiplap doors won't cover
4- 1"x3" pine trim
4- Door hinges
2- Door latches
2- 2'x4' sheest of 1/8" plywood ($11 each)
Stain (I chose Minwax provincial, but you decide depending on the look you want to go for)
Polyurethane (I used Minwax satin)
Finish nails
Wood screws

Really beautifully done !
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.
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!
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. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>Nice job though, looks nice.
wonderful, like it
Really love this! Looks very sturdy and well-made. Fantastic that you re-purposed wood.
Awesome! Would be a great way to hide some out of place looking stereo speakers in.
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
This is beautiful! Great job.
Nice job!
I really like this! I'm doing a very similar project this weekend and this has given me new perspective. Thanks!
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!
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. <br>I look forward to seeing what you show us next.
Wow very nice i like the torch distressing i might have to try that some time.
Beautiful!! The beating it up would be the fun part!! LOL!!
that turned out gorgeous.
Really nice project. It turned out awesome. I'm gonna use your &quot;antiquing&quot; technique on a small project I've been working on.
Dude...You could totally slap some logo on it and sell it for 10,000$ as some &quot;vintage&quot; stand piece. <br> <br>Hell I would! Great job man, I LOVE the old/antiqued look!
Wow, this really turned out beautifully.
It's strange to build something and then beat it up, but the finish turned out great!
Wow looks really good. <br> <br>Not as good as mine though. <br> <br>Let me tell you about it... <br> <br>The TV became distressed, which then distressed the curtains, and the walls, and the ceilings, eventually the whole lounge room and the whole house. <br> <br>We had a very outstanding artistic pile of distressed rubble when it all cooled down.
Nice job, it turned out great!

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