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Friday, March 15, 2013

Media Console Makeover (Part 2 of 2)

On Tuesday, I left you with a sanded, primed, painted, and protected new media console. But today really is the best part...the accessorizing! Because we all know that accessories are usually the most fun part of any ensemble.

To make room for our new piece of furniture, Finn and I had to move out our old TV stand.

I certainly was not sad to see this piece go. #seeyawouldntwannabeya
Entertainment Center
Once our unattractive TV stand was gone...we brought up its white and shiny replacement!

Our itinerary for the night.
1. Drill holes for new hardware.
2. Drill holes in back of console to slide cords through
3. Set up electronics
4. Relax on couch watching Modern Family.

Honestly...I thought we could get this bad boy done in an hour tops...wrong-o!
Here are a few tips I'm gonna give you..that could have saved us a bit of time.

Tip #1 
Drill holes for your new hardware before you paint!

We thought we were pretty thorough when it came to measuring the new holes for our hardware. But, apparently we needed to be extremely precise when drilling the new holes (like not a centimeter off!) We certainly didn't want to scrape any of the paint off the drawer, and that was a little difficult when trying to get the handles perfectly even.

As a result, we had a few minor scrapes. Nothing major...but it could have been avoided if we drilled our holes before painting.
Paint Scrapes
Tip #2
If you're going to upgrade the hardware on your new piece of furniture, hold onto the old hardware just in case!

I ordered new knobs from Home Depot and I was so excited to screw them into the sliding doors. However, the screws that came were way too long for the piece.  I needed something very short and stubby.

Luckily, I held onto the old hardware and we were able to use those screws with my new shiny handles.
Drawer Cabinet Pulls
Tip #3
When making holes with the spade bits (look at me knowing drill terms...what up) I'd suggest making the holes bigger, rather than smaller.

We wanted to create holes in the back of the console to pull cords from our DVD player, router, Xbox, etc. through to the wall. Since we are both new to the world of power tools, we thought "Let's make the holes small, and we can always make them bigger if we need to." #youcantellwearerookies #yeesh
Spade Bits
Turns out it is waaaay harder to make a hole bigger, after you've created it. So either make them big, or know the exact size you'll need to fit all of your cords.

It took a while, but we finally had new hardware and a few holes drilled for our cords.

It was then organizing time!
Media Console

Once the inside was to our liking, we put the sliding doors back on and admired our handiwork.
Media Console After
Wow...definitely an improvement from our former setup.
Media Console Hide Electronics
When watching TV all we have to do is slide open the right door and our remote control will work with our cable box.  Pretty cool right? All of our ugly electronics are tucked neatly away.
Media Console After

New Drawer Pulls
The handles may not have been easy to get on...but they sure are pretty.
Media Console After

Media Console Makeover
Overall, I would say it was a pretty successful transformation.

After all of that hard work, I'm ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy our new TV setup.
TV Stand After


  1. Do you plan to leave the bookcases brown, or are you going to paint those as well? I'm looking at it and I'm thinking that if it were me (and it's not, so if you love it, go with it), I might paint the inside of those bookcases white or a contrasting color? I don't know, just a thought. I looooove the media console though. Is it annoying to have to open/close the sliding door to watch tv? I feel like I would get lazy and leave it open.

    1. Kristy...definitely been thinking about painting the bookcases a lighter color on the inside. Then I could style them and really make our books and accessories POP! Still in the planning process for that one though...

      Honestly not too annoying to slide open the door to watch TV. Usually just open it up, grab the remote, and relax. Then when we clean up the family room area, we slide the door back into place. It's way better than seeing those ugly cords!

    2. Have you seen the latest YHL post!? I immediately thought of this post when I read it! They got something called an RF remote from amazon..check it out:


    3. Kristy, I saw this today too! Definitely may add it to our "must buy" list! Not having to get off of the couch ever sounds kinda nice...


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