Jess and her husband had been on a quest to find the "perfect" media stand — one that sported both function and style — for awhile. When they found this cabinet on Craigslist for $75, they decided to ditch their IKEA coffee table they had been using for a media stand and go for it!
The middle three drawers were modified by my husband's uncle to have places to put the cable box and DVD player, and we were able to keep some of the original hardware to use on those. We would have loved to use all of the original hardware, however, one of the knobs was missing and we found it basically impossible to find a replacement. We instead chose to replace the hardware on the outside drawers with finds from Anthropologie that we thought were kind of a girly and quirky addition to an otherwise masculine piece. The paint job was dreamed up by me and I was honestly inspired by Girl Scout uniforms with kelly green paired with dark brown. We used several coats of minwax stain and polyurethane on the drawers as well as a relatively plain flat paint and polyurethane on the frame and base.
This project, while simple, was definitely a labor of love in a lot of ways, but it has been a great payoff. It's great to have a fully unique piece that combines form and function without costing a fortune.