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Stylish Media Cabinet

"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. Make a smarter media unit by combining inexpensive, unfinished cubes to create a larger structure, then treat it to a dose of style.

Introduction

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).

Tip: For 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.

Reources: 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.

Materials

  • Basic storage cubes
  • Decorative knobs and feet (optional) with hardware
  • Paint
  • Drill
  • Screws

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Remove all existing knobs and paint the cubes, inside and out. Experiment with colors to add visual interest. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Install decorative knobs.

  3. Step 3

    If desired, drill holes in the corners of the base of the bottom-most unit and screw on the decorative feet.

  4. Step 4

    Stack the cubes to form one piece, placing lighter units on top of heavier ones.

  5. Step 5

    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.

Source
Blueprint, January/February 2008

Reviews (10)

  • rikki07 22 Apr, 2013

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  • Dexy 16 Aug, 2012

    Nice share Martha, can we renovate our kitchen similarly? i have seen couple of Cherry Kitchen Cabinets here, they are really good.

  • designsnob 9 Apr, 2009

    Most media consoles don't look "right" with a big plasma tv. I couldn't be happier with the new media console I got from High Fashion Home (http://www.highfashionhome.com/dylan-entertainment-console.html). It functions very well and looks great!

  • wordsnob 21 Dec, 2008

    Wheaton, it's not illegal to state one's opinion. Not every critique has to be a ray of sunshine. I find all the comments here to be good input. We're all adults here.

  • jbwheaton4 11 Oct, 2008

    I guess, like anything else, if you don't like it, don't do it. This is a look that is popular with a lot of people right now. If it is too expensive, figure out how you can do it on your budget. Thanks to those that are positive in their comments.

  • JenniferTippett 11 Oct, 2008

    When I read the prices of the items used to create this look I was very surprised. This looks dorm-room cheap. No offense to dorm decor, it's just not sophisticated. It doesn't even look quirky-chic.
    :) Great ideas though, from the other member replies, doing this for less than $50 would be worth it.

  • JenniferTippett 11 Oct, 2008

    When I read the prices of the items used to create this look I was very surprised. This looks dorm-room cheap. No offense to dorm decor, it's just not sophisticated. It doesn't even look quirky-chic.
    :) Great ideas though, from the other member replies, doing this for less than $50 would be worth it.

  • scattershot 11 Oct, 2008

    I agree with Jesse Piester - this is way too expensive, but there is a cheaper way to do this: go to Ikea. They sell individual wooden cubes for $10 not $85. You can paint or stain them and it isn't hard to make a door for them.

  • Catrionanna 11 Oct, 2008

    I know my husband could whip me up some of these in a hurry. It sure would be cheaper!

  • JessePiester 11 Oct, 2008

    Sorry, Martha, this is ridiculously expensive. For this kind of green you could buy real furniture.