"A TV cabinet -- in all its bachelor-pad, 'Monday Night Football' glory -- is often the scariest thing in a living room," says deputy style and home editor Shane Powers. Making a smarter media unit is about as easy as playing Tetris: Combine inexpensive, unfinished cubes to create a larger structure, and then treat it to a dose of style. Here, circular knobs, curvy feet, and two tones of sage-green paint evoke cool elegance. The open-and-closed construction showcases knickknacks and books while concealing electronics (and your shame-inducing "O.C." box set).
Media Cabinet How-To
1. Select basic storage cubes according to your needs and space. Then pick out some decorative knobs (anthropologie.com, restorationhardware.com, and ebay.com are great places to start). If you want decorative feet, try premierwood.com or osbornewood.com.
2. Remove all existing knobs and paint the cubes, inside and out. Experiment with colors to add visual interest. Let dry.
3. Install knobs.
4. If desired, drill holes in the corners of the base of the bottom-most unit and screw on the decorative feet.
5. Stack the cubes to form one piece, placing lighter units on top of heavier ones.
6. To hide unsightly wires, drill a hole in the back of any cubes that will hold electronic equipment. Run the wires through the opening to an electrical outlet.
Double cube, double cube (one door, two drawers), double cube (two doors), and TV stand cube, all at gothiccabinetcraft.com. Painted in Cambridge Green (No. 468), and trimmed in High Park (No. 467), both benjaminmoore.com for stores. Home on the Range knobs, anthropologie.com. Queen Anne Bun feet, premierwood.com. Cole and Son New Contemporary Two Alpana wallpaper, leejofa.com for stores. Oscar de la Renta Tibetan Collection Watercolor Celadon rug, elsoncompany.com for stores. Hans J. Wegner Shell chair, roomandboard.com. LCD 26-inch HD television, lgusa.com for stores. Kiki van Eijk Soft clock, the Future Perfect, 718-599-6278.