Pottery Barn Inspired Media Console

Hey guys!  We are back from an AMAZING family vacation and feeling so blessed that we were able to have our entire family together for a whole week!  We can’t wait to do it again next year!  We’ll share some fun pics with y’all later!  For now, on to the DIY:)

Remember the Pottery Barn Console I started last week?  Well I finished it and LOVE it!

So, after I attached the doors, I painted the main console with Behr Cozy Cottage (satin) and I stained the top boards with Minwax Dark Walnut!  My two favs!  I followed with Minwax Polycrylic to finish the stain.

I roughed the edges up with my 3M sanding block….

and then went back over the edges with the Minwax Dark Walnut stain.

Now the fun!

Instead of using MDF or plywood for the faux drawers, I decided to use 1×6 boards so I could stain them to match the top!  I stained the 1×6’s before cutting them and this made it a little easier.

I attached the faux drawers with my nailer but I used the good ‘ol hot glue gun to keep them in place while I nailed them (this was a life saver;)



The knobs I picked were not long enough so I had to use this “thingy” to drill out the backs:)

That “thingy” worked great (minus the mess)!  I purchased these great glass knobs at Hobby Lobby (1/2 off:)

DONE!  Total money spent was $175 including hinges and knobs!!!  That’s almost a 90% savings!!!

I still need to fill the cubbies with something cute, decorate the top and hide my eyesore of TV cords but it works for now:)))

Did I mention I love the storage:)

I’m so happy I went with 4 cabinets vs. drawers and cabinets!

Thanks so much for stopping by:)  ~Ashley

  • Jessica

    Could you please tell me your measurements you used for the fake drawers in the front. I know you said you used a 1×6 instead of the MDF, but do you know exact measurements of them,? or how did you figure out what measurements to use?!

  • nikki

    Hi, I absolutely love the way you did this! My husband and I are attempting the project today. Can you please tell me the dimensions you cut the faux doors to? Thank you.

  • Shelie

    Ok you have inspired me to attempt this project! Would you mind sharing the dimensions and any other helpful hints? You did an awesome job!!!

  • Kristi

    Hi There! How did you change the design to not have drawers?

  • Emilia

    Genius!! Absolutely love it!! Can you tell us where you bought your original console? May have said this somewhere that I missed, Thanks 🙂

    • Ashley

      Hi Emilia. That was an old mexican pine sofa table that we purchased from a mom and pop store. I painted it black when we decided to use it for a console. You can find a lot of mexican pine furniture on Craigslist!

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  • Love this!!! I almost bought this console from Pottery Barn this summer but in the end decided that is was just too much money. I love the one you built. I will have to try making this one. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I am now following.

    • Ashley

      Great!!! Thanks so much Ruth:)

  • You did an amazing job, it looks fantastic! and you cant beat a 90% savings …wow. Visiting from Met. Monday

    • Ashley

      Thank you Karen:)

  • Hello from your neighbor at BNOTP. Your project is very impressive. Good job!!

    • Ashley

      Thank you Janette!!!!

  • Wow, you’d never know they were faux doors. Looks great. Job well done. Poping by from Met Monday. Liz

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much Liz!

  • Monica

    It looks awesome!!!

  • Great storage for toys underneath!

  • Visiting via Tatertots and Jello. Love the cabinet! Great job.

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  • Wow! That looks like it is worth $1000! Way to go. It is beautiful!

  • This is so smart! Thanks for sharing!

  • That is absolutely amazing. I love it. Thanks for linking it up at TT&J. I’m hoping you’ll stop by and take a look at my blog, too. I have several projects your readers may like and I’d love for you to share them!


  • I LOVE it!!! It is amazing. And I love how you have cabinets there instead of all the little drawers – it will hold so much more! 🙂 GREAT job!!

  • I love it! I love how you did the cupboard doors with the faux drawer fronts! What a great unit!

  • Love love love it! We are soon moving into our new house, and I have been swooning over this piece for a few months now. I am so glad you did a tutorial because there was no way I was paying $800! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

  • Denissa

    Love it!! It turned out great, and the cost is so worth it!

  • love it!

  • Tiffany

    🙂 I like the doors idea too, but the baby in them was tops.

  • This is total genius!

  • Ashley that came out fabulously! OMG that is sooo beautiful! I love the dark stain with the white! A great project girl!

  • Wow! Turned out amazing!!

  • This looks great! I’ve always wanted to use MDF for projects like this as opposed to plywood or pine, but I worry about it warping or taking in moisture when it’s humid. We have central air so I’m sure the moisture wouldn’t be a problem, but have you ever had issues with it warping or bowing?

  • WOW this came out awesome! I am so impressed!

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  • BEAUTIFUL! I love how this turned out! Now I want to build one! 🙂

    • Ashley

      Thanks so much Jamielyn:)))

  • Great job! I love it!!! <3

    • Ashley

      Thank you Bethany:)