Rustic Media Console Cabinet

Submitted by pde00311 on Wed, 02/06/2013 - 19:22

It was a race building and finishing the console before my daughter started crawling, but just as she learned to wander around, we were able to hide all of our tv/dvd/receiver cords within this console. Drilled holes in the back and tucked the power strip and cords in a plastic box inside the cabinet doors.

Used a jigsaw for the first time, which was fun as the saw created the neat designs on the feet at the bottom.

For the finish, we wanted a color that could pull off a distressed/modern shabby chic while matching the stained class windows in the house that we just bought.

This was my first time creating doors, which did not run smoothly, but ended up somehow working.

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Behr Scotch Lassie with distressed edges using bottom layer in white paint and Minwax Early American finish
Recommended Skill Level



Sun, 02/10/2013 - 18:56

You did such a beautiful job on this! I wasn't even interested in this plan until your brag post caught my eye. I would love to build this but, I'm kind of nervous because it will only be my second build and the instructions don't include the drawer or the doors. Did you use the general instructions for building your doors? I love the color I would use this in my dining room with a drawer, I have a shallow space on one wall that it woud fit perfectly.



Tue, 02/12/2013 - 14:34

It was only my fourth project, so I would not be too frightened about tackling this plan, but the doors were definitely the trickiest part. After I finished building the frame, I built the doors to size using leftover 1x2s and beadboard plywood. I measured the doors so they would leave about 3/16 space between the edge of the door and the window in a full inset. However, I spent approximately one full night confused and frustrated because I bought the wrong hinges. Now that I understand from trial and error the differences between cabinet door/hinge design (I found a webpage describing the differences between inset and overlay hinges here:, if I had to do it over again, I would probably design overlay doors instead of inset doors (which seem to be a little off). If someone else could add more suggestions about building and installing doors, it would be greatly appreciated.