Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Media Cabinet with Custom Doors

Recently I was contacted by the company Cabinet Now and asked if I'd like to review their product.  They build custom made cabinet doors.  They have tons of door and drawer styles in several choices of wood.  They are custom made to the exact size you need.  Of course I jumped at the chance.  It was perfect timing because I have been planning to build a media cabinet for our TV for months now.  I love to build furniture but don't always love building the doors.  Doors are the hardest part to build on any project.  I didn't want to tackle all the routering (or is it routing?) needed for glass paned doors.   I've been looking for at least a year at Salvage stores and have not found any doors that would work either.

Now that I had the doors covered I just had to settle on a design for the cabinet.   We have a ridiculously large TV and electronics so we needed something low and about five feet wide.  I wanted glass doors to help hide the electronics and cut down on dust.  My recent love of all things on wheels made me want it on casters.  I also wanted old school latch hardware.  I ended up with a simple design that's a little industrial and all about the fabulous doors.  


I selected the door style Artesia with French Lites.  It looked the most like old windows to me.  I wasn't sure if I would leave them stained or end up painting them so I chose stain grade select Alder.  They also carry paint grade if you are going to just paint them.  I'm liking the two toned for now but if I ever get tired of that look I can always remove the casters, paint the doors and heavily distress it for a rustic shabby look. 
Here's how they looked when they came. (after a coat of pre-stain wood conditioner)  They were buttery smooth and perfectly square.  I was very pleased.  They came wrapped in at least four layers of sturdy cardboard with 1/4" melamine strapped around them.  There was not a scratch or ding anywhere.  Some things to note are that they don't come with glass or hinges.  You can opt to have the holes bored for hidden hinges if you like.  I wanted exposed hinges so I didn't.  You can also purchase rubber or wood glass stops if you want them.  I didn't need those either, the glass guy just used silicone.  They have an FAQ page if you are not sure what that means which was helpful because I wasn't.  The ordering process was very easy.  For the glass I took them to my local glass shop and they did a great job putting it in.  The cost for 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 glass installed was $16 per door. 
I highly recommend Cabinet Now and would definitely use them again.  I already have another project in mind for my kitchen.   
Here's what we used before, the stand that came with the TV.

Here's how the new cabinet looks in the room.  You hardly notice the big elephant in the room now with such a nice cabinet.  (Please just agree with me. )

Stop by Friday for the full Living Room reveal.  The makeover is complete!

* this post was sponsored by Cabinet Now and I was given the product in exchange for this post.  All opinions, as always are my own.
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Full Circle Creations said...

Love the doors. They are also my least favorite thing to make. Love the two-toned look.

Tabatha McCaffrey said...

Nice looking doors, I've added them to my favorites for stores. Thanks for sharing. I would love for you to share on my Chic By You Link Party @ Hope to see you there!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

The cabinet looks great! Can't wait to see it all.

Gail Wilson said...

I love how you used the doors Mimi. You did a fabulous job on this cabinet. The two toned color is beautiful. Your living room is gorgeous!

Robin Johnson said...

TV's are so hard to work around, and like you a small one is just not an option according to hubby. Looks to me let you have come up with the perfect solution. Looks great.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. Love how it turned out.

Christine Vandormolen said...

GORGEOUS....Christine from Little Brags

Bonnie Schulte said...

Your cabinet and TV look great in front of the dark painted wall, and I ( for one) agree with you. It is not the big elephant in the room, at all. A very good looking room!

Jayne Evans said...

My husband would love to have your TV! haha. The cabinet looks wonderful! I like the doors. Everything looks great!

Nicole Taylor said...

I love the cabinet on casters, so great! And I think that putting the TV on a nice stand can really help it not feel so cumbersome in a room. :)

Shelly Andrade said...

I can't believe that's the same piece! What a cool transformation!!!

Rachelle Falcon said...

What a great upgrade to a simple piece of furniture. Looks awesome!!

Christine Freeman said...

Those are gorgeous. I also dislike building doors. When it's been a complicated door I needed, I've purchased from Barker or Brian at, but the former is limited, and for just doors, Brian's shipping is a bit high.

I'm currently building kitchen cabinets and haven't decided on my doors yet. The only thing I know is, like everything I build, the doors will be inset like yours. That style just makes me ooooohhhhh every time I see it.

I'm off to check out Cabinet Now's selection! Thanks so much for featuring them.

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

the media center turned out beautiful, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,

EmerySand said...

Hi - Looks great!
So that grey cabinet came with the TV? Is it solid wood? Could you list the changes you made to it?
Did you add two vertical dividers? What are they made of? Additional shelves? What kind of hinges did you attach to it?
Thanks for your answers, in advance..

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