Build Your Own Modern Media Cabinet

Build Your Own Modern Media Cabinet

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 24, 2011

Modern design has its perks. It's sexy. It's clean. However, its tendency to be ridiculously overpriced (above, the Harter cabinet which sells for $2700) makes it far from reach for us city dwellers working on the dime. Today, we'll go through on how to pull off a similar modern look, but at a fraction of the cost

Let's start with the basics. The rectangular wooden console itself is a common mid-century design that can be found at pretty much every thrift store around the nation (trust us, we've seen them at pretty much every one of the cities AT covers). They cost roughly $600-800 for one in decent condition.

If you're not digging the legs of the cabinet you picked up, try your local IKEA shop and checking out one of their KLUBBO table legs in the junk/damaged section. If you're lucky, you can pick one up that matches the dimensions of your soon-to-be upcycled console.

Now, the Harter handles are pretty much identical to the ones IKEA offers in the METRIK kitchen/workspace collection, so just pick one of those up.

Get some sanding in and extra staining if you want to achieve the perfect color to match your space and voila! You've just built a $2700 for about the third of the price.

We'll be giving this project a shot in the next few months, so be on the lookout for an in-depth walkthrough soon!

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