Craigslist Buffet Turned Media Cabinet


I don't know about you, but I haven't found a lot of media cabinets out there in the shopping world that I like.  As an aside....When did we stop calling them entertainment centers anyway??  I've had a few entertainment/media cabinets in my life over the years and I haven't really liked any of them.  I did buy one from Crate and Barrel about 4 years ago that I liked, but I found later I liked it better as a stand alone cabinet.

While looking on Pinterest I saw lots of people using old dressers and buffets as media cabinets/centers.  I liked that idea!  I liked the fact it was unique and no one else would have the same cabinet done the exact same way.  I started my search for a dresser or buffet and looked for a couple of months.  I finally came across BOTH on Craigslist.  You might recall I've mentioned the 1810 farm house I bought a few things from?  They had both items I was looking for and both were in need of some repair.  I brought them both home and worked on other projects while I decided what I was going to do with them.  Then one day it hit me...I wanted to use the buffet in our family room for a media cabinet!  Brilliant idea Melody!!!  Well....when I told my Hubby about this he did not think it was such a brilliant idea.  He thought it was an awful idea actually.  Like most men he had to ruin it with talk of "Where do the components go?"  and "There's no glass doors so how do we use the remote."   I didn't think these were important....what about how pretty it would look??  HA HA HA......I was determined to make this work so I proceeded despite his misgivings :-)

Here is the buffet before.....
You can see on the right hand door there is a light piece of wood.  The small trim piece was missing there and on the left hand door there was an even bigger piece missing.  In this picture you can see my solution.  I went to Home Depot and found some very small round dowel and it happened to be perfect.  I used some wood glue and cut it to length and ouila! It was fixed!




Like just about everything I buy, this piece needed a lot of TLC.  There were lots of places the veneer had peeled off near the bottom and the legs were a mess with dings and knicks, but that's what I love about this old stuff!


This piece was also incredibly dirty!  It took lots of shop vac time and Murphy's Oil soap to clean this puppy!



Here is an up-close picture of my repair...not perfect, but I knew it would look great once it was filled and painted!


The bigger section of repair was a bit trickier and needed a lot more glue and patience.


After the repairs and cleaning were done I sanded the top down and the wood was so pretty underneath. I did my usual and stained the top.  Then I painted the sides with my new favorite chalk paint recipe.  The color is by Olympic and it's called Heirloom Lace.  It's a slightly creamy white.  I did the 1/2 C Plaster of Paris and 1/2C hot water dissolved then added that into 1 1/2C of flat, latex paint.  It went on great without sanding or priming!  


This is with one coat of paint.



SEE??  You can't even tell where I fixed the door trim!!  


On this one too!!!


Here it is in it's new home...minus the TV and the components.  I have to put in a funny little story here.  So, remember Hubby said he didn't want to do this, right?   Well, we move this cabinet in and move the old one out and he says, "Where are the components going?"  I showed him the door and he laughed saying, "The Direct TV PVR is not going to fit in there...See it won't work."  Hmmmmm, don't tell me something isn't going to work when I know it will.   Guess what??  It fit just fine thank you very much. :-)  All I need to find is a basket or box that it can sit on because right now the PVR is in the cabinet sitting on a plastic bin.  Not so pretty when the door is open :-)  Yes, the door has to be open to turn the PVR on, but it's fine and it works great1


I love the shape of this buffet!!  It has so much character and I'm happy that the original hardware was in great shape.  It just needed some spray paint love.


Now I don't enjoy tooting my own horn, but....Isn't that SOOOO much better than.....


THIS????  The TV is 50 inches and all I saw when I looked at the old media center was....TV, TV, TV.  The scale was all off.  Now the TV sits on top of a beautiful and unique piece of antique furniture.  I don't look at it and go, "WOW, that's a big TV!"


I used only a coat of clear wax on top of the homemade chalk paint.  Then I took my orbital sander to it  to add some extra character and charm.


I know, I know I say this all the time, but I'm in loooooovvvveeee with this one!!!


Also love the hardware!


Still can't see my fixes too!!




And will you just look at those legs?  TONS of character from years and years of use.  You can't recreate this kind of beauty!




Yep, I'm thrilled with how this turned out.  I knew when I saw this buffet that it would make a beautiful media cabinet.  Now all our family room is waiting for is the Hubby's new couch he treated himself to from Restoration Hardware.  It's coming today and we're all excited for out new arrival!!  I will make sure to post some pictures of it soon.

Have you used a piece of furniture as a media center???  If you have I'd love to see pictures or hear about what you did!  If you send pictures I might have to share them on the blog.  Email them to me at mypassionfordecor@gmail.com

Happy Friday Everyone!!  Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there.  If your Mom is no longer with you, like mine, take this time to remember all the wonderful memories you made together.  If you haven't given your Mom a hug in a while, make sure you do and cherish every moment you have together.

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99 comments:

  1. You have been busy. Great fix with the dowel and the TV does look better balanced. *smooches*

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  2. I love this one as well! I have never made my own chalk paint, but after seeing this post, and this gorgeous piece, I think that I will definitely be making some of my own. I am totally jealous of this gorgeous piece. I am now going to completely stalk your blog and drool over all of your beautiful pieces! Great job again my friend!
    Happy Week!

    ♥Tausha
    sassystyleredesign.com

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  3. Thanks again Tausha. Yes, this homemade chalk paint recipe its the bomb. Give it a shot and let me know what you think. I think I will still buy the Annie Sloan because I love it, but I also like the option of making my own. I need to get to Lowes to buy a rug and some spray paint so I can make a cool outdoor rug like yours!! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  4. Awesome job! It's sooo pretty now. :)

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    1. Thank you Alison! And thank you for stopping by! :-)

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  5. What a find! You did such a nice job with it!

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    1. Thank you!! I love it :-) Thanks for stopping by

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  6. I love your CL redo! It is amazing what a difference paint can make. Here from C.R.A.F.T, and now following you - Tanya :)

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    1. Thank you Tanya! I'm a new follower as well. :-)

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  7. absolutely love what you did! I hope I can have one too one day! Newest follower here!

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    1. Thank you!!! And thanks for the follow :-)

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  8. YOU ARE SO TALENTED.. YOU ARE IN COM'S SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT TALENT SHOW TODAY. winks, jen

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    1. Thank you Jennie!! That's incredible news! Thanks for having the link-ups for people just starting like me :-)

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  9. Oh! This is better than anything you could buy! It fits your TV perfectly and blends so much better into your room. Well done!

    By the way - I am a new follower.
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    www.queenbcreativeme.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Bronwyn! I agree, couldn't buy something so nice at a store brand new. Thank you for the kind words and the follow. I will be sure to stop by your blog as well :-)

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  10. I have just redone a buffet for my TV (yet to be blogged about!) and I had the same worry about the components working with the doors shut, then after a little research I found this;

    http://www.amazon.com/Frequency-IRP-2-Receivers-Infrared-Resources/dp/B007GR2T9K/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1TSI11B152X2S&coliid=I2MN7BC1CBG4G8

    Which is just perfect for making everything work even with the doors shut, you can either hide it in a plant or something on top, or if your don't mind a little spy work, you can drill a hole for it to peep through in an inconspicuous place! (My buffet had a little faux key plate, so I just drilled a hole behind it, and slid the infrared reader in there)

    I don't know if this is an option you would be willing to go with or not, but I thought I would share the idea!

    www.cathgrace.com

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    1. Cath, we looked into that! I'm glad to hear it's working great for you. We are as of now just opening the one door when we're watching TV. So far it's working well, but I'm waiting for the Hubby to freak out and buy that infrared device :-)

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  11. This is BEAUTIFUL! You did such an amazing job! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  12. Brandy~GreyLaneHomeMay 30, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I love this furniture piece. Great Job and congrats on the newbie spotlight.

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    1. Thank you!!! I love it too :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Love, love, love it!!!

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  14. Lovely job. The pattern on the front of the piece is crotch mahogany. They cut the wood where the limbs intersect with the trunk to get the flame like pattern. Some of your other pieces have a striped pattern. That means that they are tiger maple or oak. Tiger maple is way more valuable than oak and maybe someday you will find a piece that is not damaged. Love your work, Melody. Ann

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  15. Love this! It turned out beautifully! And thanks for the chalk paint recipe. I have used one recipe and didn't really like it. I may have to try your recipe and see how it goes. Thanks and great job!

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  16. GORGEOUS! Love those pretty legs! I agree - much better proportionately! Great work!!!

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  17. It looks gorgeous!! Ok, this may be a dumb question, but how are you running the component wires? Did you cut a hole in the back of the buffet to run it to the outlets? I need a media stand, but Im not finding one I like. I do however love several diffent "regular" cabinets, and Im wondering if I can easily convert it to a media cabinet? But obviously you need the area in the back to run the wires though....Thank you!

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  18. I'm so inspired by your DIY media stand that I think I'm going to try the same! Just one question - what about all of the wires? Did you drill holes in the back?

    Thanks!

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  19. I'm so inspired by your DIY media stand that I think I'm going to try the same! Just one question - what about all of the wires? Did you drill holes in the back?

    Thanks!

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  20. I'm about to start on my own Media unit aka a buffet. Can you tell me what kind of brush you used or did you roll most of it? Thanks for sharing I can't wait to get started!

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    1. I used a brush I purchased from www.bestfurniturepaint.com I don't usually use a roller except on walls. Good luck with your project!

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  21. IM working on a link up for media ideas.. Would love if you linked up! http://imperfectlyimaginable.blogspot.com/2014/02/media-solutions-and-first-link-up-party.html

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  23. Just found this on Pinterest- love it! Did you seal the top after staining it? If so, with what?

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    1. Hi Lindsay, I sealed the top with Annie Sloan soft dark wax. It's held up very well too!

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    2. great- thank you! I will try that.

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  24. You have amazing ideas and you are very creative! Such and inspiration to me! Love this one too!
    ;-)

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  25. It looks really beautiful, much better than the old one! I'm looking for something similar but a little bit smaller to use as my new media center.

    Tania

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    1. Thank you Tania! It's a lot of fun to use something different for a media center! I hope you find just what you're looking for!

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  26. Hi!! You did an amazing job! Your cabinet looks beautiful! I recently inherited a buffet from a friend that I'm also using as a media cabinet. I would like to restore mine just like this. What kind of plaster of Paris did you use? The kind in the blue box or the red tub? I'm getting ready to buy my supplies and I want to make sure I get the right one. I'm so excited! I hope mine turns out as beautiful as yours!

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