Friday, April 6, 2012

DIY Media Cabinet with Doors & Shelves

Build: media unit

With 8 doors of hidden storage underneath:

A request from a school friend for her family room.

The complete unit is 9 feet long and 7 feet tall.

The middle base cabinet is 19" deep and 16" on the side bases, you can see the the middle juts out a bit here:

Simple bookshelves on the sides and a bridge unit above the tv with cove moulding complete the unit:

To make this build I took bits and pieces of plans from Ana White.

Her benchmark media console became the middle base cabinet:
(modified for 4 doors, no drawers)
benchmark media tower is the side base pieces:
(used the base portion only and modified for 2 doors)

media hutch is the bridge unit:
(bridge portion modified for 2 open shelves)

The unit is composed of 6 separate pieces which made delivery easier.

Some progress pics:
(more progress and building info in my post here)

I used my Kreg jig for a majority of the joints:

And a lot of pocket hole plugs:

Which led to the purchase of a new tool, the Ryobi cordless multi-tool.

It makes flush cuts and you'll need this to remove any excess plug sticking up from the pocket hole:

In no time that protruding plug will be gone:

For a little DIY video on this very topic checkout Sandra from Sawdust & Paperscraps.

I primed one coat Zinsser oil based cover stain then two coats Benjamin Moore high gloss enamel in

And used Martha Stewart polished chrome knobs from Home Depot.  
These knobs are a tiny bit smaller at 7/8" diameter which felt right for the doors:

A big, fun project that will get lots of good use and I hope that family will enjoy their new media unit for years to come.


  1. Incredible! What an enormous project. Give yourself an extra pat on the back for this one!

  2. Wow! From scratch! I"m really impressed. I love that you got to buy a new tool for the project too.. that makes it all worthwhile!

  3. Wow, look at all this storage. I want something like this for my loft area.

  4. Well I am in awe!!
    I need to get one of those multi tools...then some courage up to actually use it instead of relying on my husband all the time!

    Thank You :)

  5. Wow I can't believe you built this from scratch! amazing that's very impressive. It looks great!

  6. I love women who build! And the Kreg Jig was invented not far from me! LOVE it!

  7. Wow! I love it! I need to build something similar. I'm gonna be visiting your blog pretty often, I know! Your newest follower.

  8. Jaime--It turned out fantastic! Great job! I'm sure they are going to love it.

  9. Looks great! I'm very impressed with your mad skills.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  10. You are amazing! I love love love it!!!

  11. LOVE THIS UNIT!!! I've been haunting Ana White's website for some time now in search of the right kind of media console and when I saw your picture, the idea in my head was complete!! One quick question though... you mentioned that it is six separate units and I am wondering how you secure them together? My family moves quite a bit and it'd be nice to have manageable pieces to move and/or rearrange as necessary. THANKS!

  12. How much do you figure this cost you to make/build? High estimate, so I can present it to husband :) I'd thought of asking him to get some Cliq Cabinets and then add in some thick shelving. We used that company for kitchen cabinets and they're really great!! Kate

  13. How much did the entire thing cost, please over-estimate, if you cannot say, exactly.