Upcycle End Tables Into a Desk or Entertainment Center

upcycled entertainment center

When my home office area was in serious need of a makeover, I jumped at the chance to build it out of pieces that I had on hand, rather than buy new. A kitchen table and filing cabinet served my computer and paper storage needs, and then I supplemented the collection with a few thrift store finds. A coat of white paint tied all of the pieces together and put an upcycled spin on what could’ve been a plain entertainment unit. Plus the extra storage space was the perfect placement for all of my computer accessories, some books, and other items for display. Tune in below to see how you can build your own one-of-a-kind entertainment station.


Step 1

 Open Gallerymeasure space

measure space

Measure the space you’re planning to use. Take note of all of the items you’d like to use in the space. The important items for me were my computer monitors and a seating area to work on my computer.

Step 2

 Open Gallerymeasure furniture

measured furniture pieces

Measure all of the furniture pieces you’d like to use. Before purchasing any additional furniture, I made a visit to my local thrift store and took pictures and measured the pieces.

Step 3

 Open Gallerylay out furniture

lay out furniture

Lay out all of the furniture pieces using your favorite drafting tools. I used Adobe Illustrator, but a pencil and paper works just fine, too. Adjust the layout until everything fits as you’d like.

Step 4

 Open Gallerycut furniture

cutting furniture

Cut and adjust any pieces to fit into your furniture puzzle. A hand saw or jigsaw works great for wooden table legs. Sand any rough edges with sandpaper. Some tables come with adjustable feet, which works great, too.

Step 5

 Open Gallerypainting furniture

paint furniture

Paint all of the furniture with an even coat of white paint. Some pieces might need to be primed before painting. Let fully dry.

Step 6

 Open Galleryassemble furniture

assembling furniture

Assemble your entertainment center! As you’re stacking your furniture, make sure each piece is stable. Most pieces stay in place just fine, but you can always attach L brackets or other connectors to ensure that pieces stay firmly in one spot.


  • An assortment of furniture pieces


  • Tape measure
  • Pencil and paper or drawing software such as Adobe Illustrator
  • Saw, such as hand saw and jigsaw
  • Sand paper
  • Level
  • White paint
  • Paint brush or roller
About Tiffany Threadgould 


I am a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life and the head of design at TerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. My ...

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3 Responses

  1. I incredibly enjoyed it because it is so interesting. Thanks for sharing the great post with us. Looking forward for another post from you like this. After the long day hard work, human mind needs a change for some refreshment.

  2. col says:

    How about small marker / magnet boards on the vertical brown panels – or maybe they're made of something magnets will stick to?

  3. Ron Bobber says:

    Hi Tiffany! I think this design looks pretty cool, but I live in California where there's a threat of earthquakes. The usage of old tables is neat, though. :)

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