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


  1. Jessica on May 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    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?!

  2. nikki on April 13, 2013 at 8:28 am

    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.

  3. Shelie on December 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    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!!!

  4. Kristi on August 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

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

  5. Emilia on June 19, 2012 at 7:47 am

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

    • Ashley on June 24, 2012 at 6:34 am

      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!

  6. Alexander Jarret on June 2, 2012 at 7:51 pm

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  7. Rico Lanier on April 21, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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  8. Ruth @ White Whimsy on September 13, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    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 on September 15, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      Great!!! Thanks so much Ruth:)

  9. Karen on August 22, 2011 at 5:04 pm

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

    • Ashley on August 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you Karen:)

  10. [email protected] on August 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

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

    • Ashley on August 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you Janette!!!!

  11. liz @ designing domesticity on August 22, 2011 at 1:10 am

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

    • Ashley on August 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks so much Liz!

  12. Monica on August 21, 2011 at 4:37 am

    It looks awesome!!!

  13. Megan on August 20, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Great storage for toys underneath!

  14. Stephanie on August 20, 2011 at 4:18 am

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

  15. somedaycrafts on August 13, 2011 at 7:23 am

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

  16. Jordan (Wayward Girls' Crafts) on August 13, 2011 at 2:24 am

    This is so smart! Thanks for sharing!

  17. The Tall Chick on August 13, 2011 at 1:29 am

    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!

  18. L.Lane Designs on August 13, 2011 at 1:28 am

    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!!

  19. Jill on August 13, 2011 at 12:14 am

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

  20. Melissa on August 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    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!!!

  21. Denissa on August 9, 2011 at 2:18 am

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

  22. lynn on August 8, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    love it!

  23. Tiffany on August 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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

  24. Amanda on August 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    This is total genius!

  25. Susan on August 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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

  26. Debbie on August 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Wow! Turned out amazing!!

  27. Brent on August 8, 2011 at 11:24 am

    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?

  28. Brittany on August 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

    WOW this came out awesome! I am so impressed!

  29. Jennifer on August 8, 2011 at 6:37 am

    I LOVE IT!!! (=

  30. [email protected] on August 8, 2011 at 3:00 am

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

    • Ashley on August 8, 2011 at 3:29 am

      Thanks so much Jamielyn:)))

  31. Bethany on August 8, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Great job! I love it!!! <3

    • Ashley on August 8, 2011 at 3:29 am

      Thank you Bethany:)

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