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After finishing up so many HUGE projects lately (the basement bookcase wall,
garage makeover and mud/laundry makeover) I’m back to focusing on some
smaller projects in our basement. I started one a couple months ago and left
it in the dust when I focused on the garage clean up. Oh look, a butterfly! ūüėā
Now I’m working to finish that up and a couple other smaller projects as well.
This was a quick one thankfully, and looks great! I’ve shared how to add metal sheeting to cabinet doors before, (you can see the fireplace makeover at our old house there) but this time it was even simpler. I figured I’d share how I did it.¬†

Why add metal sheeting you ask? Well when you like to have electronic
components hidden away like me, it’s best to give them some air flow. Otherwise they run hot and that wills shorten the life of the components. Also,
your remotes won’t work through a wood cabinet door, but will through metal

You can also use an RF remote control system that allows you to keep your TV electronics in another room — I’ll add a link to that at the end of the post. We didn’t want to use that because we use the voice controls often.¬†

Here’s a reminder of how this project ended up:¬†

gray TV bookcase wall with bench

This is one of my favorite projects ever…I adore it.¬†

I cut the back out of two of the bottom bench cabinets in preparation for
the electronics to be added later. We knew we’d have a receiver down there
at the very least, and I wanted to allow for more air flow and access from the backs of the cabinets. 

A few weeks ago we had the first part of our sound system installed, and
every time we turned on the TV we had to open the cabinet to get the remote
to work. Then a cat or two would crawl back there…so I knew it was time to
get those door fronts replaced. 

I removed the cabinet doors from the hinges and used a large drill bit to make
holes in the four corners of the front panel. This gives you a spot to
insert your jigsaw blade: 

using jigsaw to remove center of cabinet front

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This is where I did things a little differently than last time — I sawed right up
to the edge of the center panel against the cabinet frame. This takes a little
bit more of a steady hand but it doesn’t have to be perfect!

I had plenty of spots that weren’t perfectly flush:¬†

how to remove center of cabinet front
remove cabinet front for TV remote

It worked really well! I cleaned all of that up and touched up the inside parts with the paint color,
Westchester Gray by Sherwin-Williams. 

Last time I did this I used a silver metal sheeting with a dark gray on our
old fireplace built ins. This time I picked a brass/copper finish that
matched our brass hardware. These sheets come in a few colors and

Just figure out the size you’ll need and then it can be cut with regular
scissors. This sheeting is very thin! 

I used my stapler to secure the metal to the back of the cabinet

metal sheeting on cabinet doors

It went into the sheeting easily — but you may have to pound the staples in
so they’re flush with the wood.¬†

The rough edges of the sheeting aren’t crazy sharp — I wouldn’t rub my
fingers along them on purpose but they won’t cut you just by touching it.
You can add some small trim over the edges if you are worried about those. 

It looked even better than I expected! LOVE it: 

entertainment center remote access

I know I say this all the time, but don’t let anyone tell you you can have
both form and function. It just takes some creativity (or an internet
search!) to make it happen. ūüôā¬†

The remote works perfectly through the sheeting — so no need to open the
doors anymore:

gray basement entertainment center with bench

I’m considering adding
it to all three lower cabinets, but I don’t really want to spend more money when I like it as it is! This stuff
isn’t crazy expensive, but I can only get one door out of each sheet. You
can find these at most hardware stores or I’ll share some online sources

These sheets are a great option if you need remote control access in a built in unit, but they also just look great as a custom accent on any cabinet!

You can also use glass or cane if you’d rather not use the metal. Here are a
few options!: 

Use this roll of
rattan cane for a traditional or transitional look

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