Our family room has an impressive, yet empty 20 foot tall wall where our TV hangs. There is not enough furniture that we can buy to make that wall feel perfect, so the mission was to build an entertainment center.

I’ve attached a video and written down Spark Notes to help you along the way.


  1. 1. Build every cabinet separately,  and then screw them together from the inside.
  2. 2. Everything is held together via pocket holes connecting butt joints.
  3. 3. To avoide cutting out the toe kick for the side panels, build basic boxes and place the cabinet on top of a 2×4 frame and then trim it around wise base board.
  4. 4. Use maple 3/4″ plywood. It paints easier.
  5. 5. Build the drawers out of leftover plywood off-cuts.

  1. 6. Stain the poplar with old coffee grounds from the coffee machine. Make sure they’re still wet so the
  2. wood can accept the color.
  3. 7. Use primer mefore laying down the paint. The primer will seal the wood and prevent the paint from chips later on. After the paint dries, cover it with water based clear coat.
  4. 8. When building the drawers, make them 1 inch smaller on the sides to allow for 1/2″ on each side for the sliders.
  5. 9. When attaching the poplar wood top to the cabinet, remember to attach the wood to allow room for wood movement. if this is an unfamiliar topic for you, make sure you google how to attach table tops to allow for wood movement.