What do you do when you need more storage and office space in your two bedroom patio home? Well, if you’re frugal like my cousin Terry, you go thrift shopping and score a great deal on this piece to make a repurposed tv armoire project (for office storage).
If you take a close look at this gynormous piece of furniture, you may think that a couple of strong young men may be able to easily pack it into one of the 2 bedrooms. Well, even if we had said young men, this monster was too large to make the turns into the small hallway to get it into the bedroom.
What’s the answer? Like a good magic show act, we’ll saw this little lady in half!
In order to make the job a little easier, we enlisted the help of another pickup truck.
.With a little adjustment, the armoire rests on each of the tailgates, allowing enough room to make a nice cut allowing the armoire to be in two pieces, and more easily managed.
We began by removing the doors, shelves, and trim. Then I started sawing up one side with my small Ryobi circular saw.
Then I cut the other side. If you look closely you can see that I cut it right below the permanent shelf.
Here is the bottom half of the monstrous armoire—divide and conquer!
Although the top half of the armoire is still large, it too is more manageable.
There were some repairs that needed to be done to sturdy up the bottom, with some creative clamping. Terry and I make a good team. Do you remember when she helped me install the barn door?
We added a cross brace to help reattach the top to the bottom.
Terry added some trim on either side that will mask the seam when the two pieces are put back together. The top is resting on makeshift furniture dolly, allowing me to easily move it around by myself. I have it taped and papered ready to head to the paint booth.
I have the two large doors resting on top of the bottom portion, allowing me to paint it all with my well loved and much used HomeRight Finish Max
I used my usual paint technique. A couple of light coats of DIY chalky paint primer (made from Behr semi-gloss), then a couple of coats of the Behr semi-gloss as a top coat. It’s my favorite way to paint.
Here’s a nice close-up of the great paint job. I recommended that we not paint the inside of the armoire. I knew Terry would be giving this piece a work out in her home office and that the slick surface would be difficult to get a “manufactured” finish that would last.
The armoire was moved into the home in two pieces, making turns around corners with no problems.
Now the former tv armoire is now an “office in a cabinet”, making it invisible when not in use. It’s the perfect office solution for a small space. Terry added a shelf to the wall where there wasn’t a back on the armoire.
It was a big job, but when you work on a project for family, it doesn’t really matter. So, if you’ve been wanting a large piece of furniture in a tight space, have you ever thought about cutting it in half?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.