Hey friends! We are SO EXCITED to share this DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet today and we teamed up with PureBond Plywood to build it!
Before we get started the DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet, be sure to check out the YouTube video tutorial HERE or below!
DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet
How cute did this thing turn out guys? I love the added storage it has given my living room, and now I have my fireplace back!
The thought of building a beautiful DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet with plywood may sound a bit strange. It did to us as well! That was until we learned about PureBond Plywood.
PureBond Plywood can be found at any Home Depot.
What sold us on PureBond…
~ It uses Formaldehyde-free glue (scary to think we have been breathing in harmful chemicals until now)
~ It’s made in AMERICA… Whoop!!!
~ It’s made with wood from sustainable forests
~ It’s extremely easy to work with
~ Biggest selling point for us… It’s BEAUTIFUL! You get the look of real hard wood for a fraction of the cost. Home Depot stocks birch and oak. You can also order hickory, maple, you name it and have it delivered to your store… Love that!
So after learning the benefits of PureBond Plywood, we will never go back. It’s such an obvious choice and it fits quite nicely in our shanty budgets!
How fun was that?!
DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet – Start Building
You will build two of these bookcases. Start by cutting your tall side pieces. We had HomeDepot rip our plywood down to 15” wide, giving us 3 boards for each plywood sheet. Each bookcase will have two tall sides like shown.
Next, you will cut and attach your shelf boards. These are all cut the same length. Add 3/4” pocket holes to the ends of each board and attach them to the tall side boards using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.You can follow our spacing or adjust to fit your own storage needs. Also, try facing the pocket holes where they won’t be visible. We are painting this one, so we will be filling all pocket holes with wood filler.
Now attach the wall support boards and the hardware support boards. The 2×4 board will be at the front of the bookcase to help hold the hardware in a later step. Attach this board using wood glue and 2” wood or Spax screws. This board will attach 1.5” from the top of the tall side pieces.
The wall support board is a 1×3 board that will help you brace the console to the wall once you have the entire thing built. Add 3/4” pocket holes to each end of the support board and attach it to the top of the back end of the bookcase. This board will be flush with the top of the bookcase.
Now we are moving on to the middle console. This is what will hold the TV! Start by attaching both side pieces to the top of the console using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.
Attach the middle divider next. This will have 3/4” pocket holes on each end. Attach it to the center of the top console board using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes.
Now attach the base of the console. This will have 3/4” pocket holes on each end. You want to face these pocket holes down when you attach it to sides of the console. Use wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws.
Now for the dividers. Attach each divider to the sides of the console using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes. Feel free to line these up to fit your own baskets or storage needs!
AT THIS POINT… You will want to move all three pieces into the space you plan to set them up. Start by attaching all three pieces together. Attach each bookcase to the center console using 1.25” wood screws through the inside of the bookcases and into the console.
Now attach the top hardware support board and wall support board. These are just like the boards we used on the bookcases, but they will run in between each bookcase and hold the piece together. The back support board is a 1×3 board and you will attach it using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through the 3/4” pocket holes. Make sure the pocket holes face the back on this part.
The hardware support board will run between the front of both bookshelves. This is the only board you will make 1.5” pocket holes on. Attach it to the bookshelves using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws.
It’s trim time! Yeah! At this point you will trim the entire piece out! These boards are all attached using wood glue and 1.25” brad or finish nails into the console. You can see the order we trimmed ours in below! Remember it’s best to measure each cut as you go to get the best fit on this part!
Don’t forget the barn doors! We used one of our favorite hacks for this part. We used cheap hollow core doors and added trim to them to create our barn doors. You can check the website for a link to the plans and video on how to do this!
Bookcase Doors –
If you choose to build doors for your console bookcases, build each door frame first using wood glue and 1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes. Then, staple or nail the 1/4” plywood to the back of each door.
Check our website for a link to the hardware!
Middle Console Shelf –
This is a shelf that sits above the TV. Attach the plywood shelf board to each bookcase using wood glue and
1.25” pocket hole screws through 3/4” pocket holes. Then, attach the 1×2 trim to the front using wood glue and 1.25” brad nails.
Plywood Back –
You have lots of options on this part! Do you want the wall exposed on certain parts, or do you want a
painted back to match the console? I chose to back my bookcases, but left the TV console open. This is entirely your option! Whatever you decide, these dimensions here should help you. This is 1/4” PureBond hardwood plywood and we attached it to the console using 5/8” staples.
DIY Barn Door Media Cabinet – Almost Finished!
To attach it to the wall, use 3” wood or spax screws through the top support boards and into the studs in your wall. This will keep it from tipping!
We painted our console with Sherwin-Williams Pure White paint. We painted the door with THIS GRAY CHALK PAINT.
We used THIS HARDWARE for the barn door hardware! You need to order the 9.6′ length for this console!
I used THESE BASKETS for the tv console!
Look how cute it turned out!