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
Portable propane torch
Trim nail gun and air compressor (not necessary but very convenient!)
Proper safety equipment including a fire extinguisher or garden hose
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)