Here is what you can do with that old French provincial stereo cabinet grandma doesn't want anymore, but this one needs some carpentry skills.
The center section is a foam panel and fixed in place, but the top opens up to get to that storage area. I however went all the way and cut the middle panel in two and hinged them to open.
The finish needs time to cure before using it and I distressed the edges.
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