Rebecca Media Center-Console Piece

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About Project

This is a great Media Center based almost exactly on Pottery Barn Leighton Media Center.

Hi everyone!!!  Well, what an awesome treat we have for you today!!!!  We haven't put plans up in a while for a complete Media Suite, so when my friend Rebecca emailed saying she wanted to build one, I was excited to work with her on the project.

Now what Rebecca didn't tell me is that she is 6 months pregnant with two small ones at home!  Today, we are just posting plans for the center console - Rebecca actually built the entire media wall!  What an inspiration!  We will be sharing the rest of the plans this week.  Awesome awesome!

This week, I am traveling to SNAP! with Gracie and my mom to help watch her.  I can't wait to meet lots of bloggers in the craft/DIY wonderfulniche.  Hope if you are at SNAP too that we get to meet!  Enough about me, let's get to this amazing media console made by an even more amazing mama!

From Rebecca:

This is the starting base console piece. Ana and I purposely designed it to be quite narrow for a flat screen. I have a more narrow living room space and didn't want something protruding very far out. Right now it is actually in my dining room till I get that nice TV, so it struck me how nice this could be as a buffet or console table in a space as well.

The entire unit is massive (8 1/2 feet long and almost 8 feet tall) do if you don't have room for all of that then just this base piece is a great place to start while still getting tons of storage. Also, cutting this piece at a depth of only 12 inches made it possible to build this entire project for just under $300 including paint and hardware! That is a much better price than the $4000 or so this would cost to get it from Pottery Barn.

I am all about that.

This is a big project. It took me about 7 weeks with two small ones at home, being 6 months pregnant, out of town twice, my toddler that decided he was ready to potty train, and being sick at least once I am sure in that time! So I am beyond grateful for Ana's patience and for such an awesome community here that knows exactly what all that "LIFE" is like! This is completely doable though thanks to Ana's plans! 

Stay tuned for the rest of the pieces this week as well!

Thank you so much Rebecca! I hope you stop over and check out lots more photos, tips and more specific tips on Rebecca's blog as well.  

Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 sheet 3/4" plywood
1 sheet 1/4" plywood
5- 8ft 1x2's
3- 8ft 1x3's
54" base molding

Common Materials
3/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

3/4" Plywood
1 @ 11 3/4" x 54"
2 @ 11 3/4" x 33 3/4"
2 @ 11 3/4" x 52 1/2"
2 @ 11 3/4" x 21 3/4"
1 @ 7 3/4" x 50 3/4"
1/4" plywood
3 @ 11 3/4" x 16 1/2" (These are your inset door fronts) you might want to measure and cut specifically for what you need especially if you are not insetting your doors into their frames.
1 @ 34 1/2" x x54"

2 @ 52 1/2"
2 @ 32 1/4"
2 @ 54"
2 @ 20 3/4"
1 @ 51"
1 @ 51"
6 @ 20 1/2" (These are for your door frames cut on a miter. This will be a different measurement if you are doing butt joint doors)
6 @ 10 3/4" (These are for your door frames cut on a miter. This will be a different measurement if you are doing butt joint doors)

2" base molding
1 @ 54"

Cutting Instructions

This cut list, does not include shelves for in the cupboards. If you want to add them, you will need to purchase an additional 1x12x8ft board and cut them at 17 12"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Table Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Easy step - just start by attaching sides to top.

Step 2

Now the shelves.

Step 3

Now add the dividers between the shelves.

Step 4

These are to provide support for the bottom shelf.

Step 5

Step 6

Now the front edge trim ...

Step 7

And the bottom moulding gets nailed on.

Step 8

And finally the doors. Rebecca is going to put together a post on doors later this week, so check back for that.

Step 9

This piece is a fake drawer front and opens with hinges. I did some miss-measuring in my face frame so the piece I cut did not fit when I went to assemble it. I could have fixed it, but had these boxes already that fit perfectly so decided to leave it off.

Step 10

And add the back. I always like to add the back last so I can work on hinges and such from the back.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.