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DIY Floating Media Cabinet: Before & After

DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

As soon as Miss Sylvia made her debut, we knew we needed to address the toy storage (or lack their of!) in our living room. We’re a one-hangout-space-household, so when we hang out as a family it’s in this room. This room is also the first space you walk into from the front foyer, so this area needs places to hide all our crap, I mean…stuff when people come over. Needless to say, this old train cart, though ruggedly handsome, just wasn’t cutting it. I’m a little embarrassed showing you what this used to look like, but here it is!

DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

I searched for months for a cool old dresser or Bombay chest that could double as a media console/ toy storage chest, but it always came down to the width not being long enough for this wall, and it just not having enough storage. The more I looked and couldn’t find anything that suited our needs, the more I became excited about the idea of a built-in, floating media cabinet. We decided to design one from modular cabinetry from Ikea.

As soon as Miss Sylvia made her debut, we knew we needed to address the toy storage (or lack their of!) in our living room.

The Cabinet

Below are the general specs we used for the media cabinet. I can’t find my ‘parts list’ print off from Ikea, otherwise you know I’d upload it. If you’d like to recreate what we have here, I’d recommend going to the Media Cabinet Department at Ikea and working with them to help you pull together everything you need. Beyond picking out the cabinets there are several parts and pieces, like drawer slides, door hinges, soft close mechanisms, wall-mounting rails, shelves, etc. that you’ll need too. We worked with a sales person to compile a print out of the parts we needed, and they made it so much faster, not to mention gave us peace of mind we wouldn’t be running back there for additional parts. This is not a sponsored post–it’s just the easiest way to round up the cabinet supplies.

  • Ikea Besta Cabinet Frame – One – 47-1/4″ (double) + One – 23-5/8″ (single)
  • Door style: Sektion
  • Color: White
  • 2 Doors + 2 Stacked Drawer
  • Wall Mounted (no legs)
  • Soft Close Drawers
  • 74″ Barkaboda Walnut Top

  DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

We centered the cabinet between the archway and the corner and wall-mounted it using the recommended wall brackets from Ikea.  It’s installed 6.25″ above the floor at a height of 31.5″ (33″ once the top is installed). To determine the height, I taped out the TV placement with washi tape, and looked at height specifications for other similar media consoles for sale around the web. Also, being that it’s right next to the front door and coat closet, it also functions as the key drop + mail catch, this was another consideration for height placement.

In terms of installing the cabinet, we just followed the enclosed instructions. Though it’s a two person operation, it wasn’t necessarily difficult. The only tricky part was getting the drawers to catch on the slide mechanisms.

We left a 9″ leap between the cabinet and the bottom of the TV. I’d like to tell you I went with the recommended Industry Standard for the height of the TV, but honestly, this was the height that just felt right for TV watching, and looked proportionally “right” on the wall too.

DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

The Walnut Top

Once the cabinet was installed, we started in on the walnut veneer top by double checking the overall length and width of the cabinet, which was 70-7/8″ x 15-3/4″. The counter top is 74″ x 25-5/8″, and we didn’t want an overhang, so it needed to be cut down. Since the walnut top is real veneer it has variation in shade and grain, so I made sure to inspected and determine which long edge of the counter I wanted to use, and which side would be cut off.

Then we set up the saw horses, marked out our dimensions on the countertop with a pencil, and clamped a 2×4 down the length of the board so we’d have a straight edge guide when making our cuts with the skill saw. DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

After cutting down the walnut top, we tried it out on the cabinet to make sure we like the sizing (fingers crossed!). It’s at this point we marked out “center” for the 2″ grommet positioned just below where the TV will hang to help manage cords. We used a 2″ round drill bit on our standard electric drill, and found a 2″ black grommet cover at Home Depot.

For disguising the raw, cut edge, the countertop comes with self-adhesive veneer strips that you cut to size with a utility knife. Then we attached the top to the cabinet with screws running up through the cabinet top and securing the walnut top.

Hardware

It took me a little bit to decide between oil-rubbed bronze and natural brass, but I ultimately went with brass because I liked the warmth of the metal with the walnut top. We have some oil-rubbed bronze elements coming in elsewhere in here which I think will compliment nicely. See hardware source links at the bottom!

  DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial! DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

Last, but not least, the TV. It was hung with this articulating mount and the cords were hidden on the wall with this cord cover.

Additional Things to Consider:

At some point, we may also apply a matte polyurethane finish to the walnut top to help prevent scratching and wear.

Sources:

Drawer Pulls  |  Door Knobs  |  TV Mount   |  Besta Cabinet System (See My Notes Above!)  |  Walnut Top  Cord Cover  |  Tassel Wall Hanging  |  Ollie Eksell Print  |  Bone Inlay Box  |  Face Vase

I think media cabinets are the hardest thing to style, because of the big black box at the center of it all, so if you need styling tips, check out this post.

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DIY a built-in floating media cabinet for storing tv accessories, kids toys, and beyond. Click for the complete tutorial!

8 In DIY/ Interiors

Francois Renovates: The Nursery Before & After! (Video)

Today is the big day! We’ve been working hard to renovate the nursery and after several weeks I’m excited and relieved to say it’s done. And just in the nick of time might I add: our due date is less than 2 weeks away! At the beginning of this process, I had no idea what I wanted this space to look like, only that I wanted it to feel Nordic, fun and playful, a space that might spark imagination and foster creativity. 

When we found out we were having a girl, I have to admit my mind immediately went towards the color pink: girly pink with white and neutrals. But the more visual research I did on Pinterest, the more I came to the realization that Ken and I don’t even really like the color pink. And we all know the baby doesn’t have a preference what her room looks like yet, so why not create a space that we’ll enjoy spending long hours rocking our little one to sleep in. Let’s kick things off with what this room looked like BEFORE, shall we?

After 6 weeks of renovation, the space is complete! Come check out Francois Renovates' Nursery Before & After. Psst...there's a video!

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Francois Renovates: The Nursery Before

As you guys know, we have a little girl on the way arriving next month, and after adding a Murphy bed to our office to accommodate guests, we’re ready to tackle the ol’ beige guest room, and turn it into a nursery!

The “Before” of the room is pretty innocuous, but it’s also pretty boring. Just like the entire rest of the house, this room was painted beige too. I’m not kidding, from the kitchen to the bath to the living room to the bedrooms. EVERY room was painted the same color beige. Above is a picture of the room from the For Sale listing and you can see even the hallway was beige. No real complaints here though, beige is easier to cover up than say deep royal purple!

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Francois Renovates: 2016 Home Projects (Before & After!)

A look back through the 2016 home projects we tackled this year. Click for the before & afters!

With a full year of home projects under our belts (and because I’m pregnant and unapologetically sentimental right now), I decided to take a look back through everything we’ve tackled in this house so far. Seeing it all rounded up in one place, I almost couldn’t believe how far we’ve come since closing in July of 2015. Though much of the main kitchen and the upstairs apartment kitchen renovations (we have an upstairs apartment that we rent out) were tackled at the end of 2015, finishing touches and the actual blog posts went up in 2016, so I decided to include these spaces as well. I’ve linked each before/after pairing back to the original post in case you want to see more or are looking for a product source. I hope you enjoy the walk back through this year’s home projects as much as I did!

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18 In DIY/ Interiors

Before & After: Creating a Small-Space Guestroom with method

Baby Girl Francois is well on her way to taking over our current guestroom come February, and with 3 bedrooms in our home: our bedroom, my office/studio, and the soon-to-be-nursery, we had to figure out a way to accommodate overnight guests comfortably without resorting to our living room sofa (our only sofa) as the royal sleeping chambers.

After much ‘what-the-heck-are-we-going-to-do-with-our-guest-bed-situation?‘ discussion, Ken and I concluded that our only real option was to add a bed to my current office and turn it into a multi-use space by re-configuring the layout.

I tossed in the idea of doing a murphy bed, because I had one in my tiny first apartment post-college, and they’re such a smart space saver. The way it folds up into itself when not in use, giving me nearly the same amount of space in my office to work on large projects as I originally had, was just too tempting to pass up!

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Backyard ReDesign: Before & After Reveal

On the heels of the backyard inspiration I shared earlier this week, today is the final reveal of our backyard redesign! As you guys know, we partnered up with Apartment Therapy for a Renovation Diary this Spring, and you can read all about it here. I’m well aware that  everybody loves a good ‘before & after’ (including me!), so let’s just cut to the chase. Check out the backyard as it were when we purchased the home. Lots o’ potential, just needed some major lovin’.

BEFORE

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space!

 

 

AFTER

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Image Credit: Kory Kevin Studio

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! 12-kory-kevin-studio Image Credit: Kory Kevin Studio

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Image Credit: Kory Kevin Studio  

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Image Credit: Kory Kevin Studio

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Image Credit: Kory Kevin Studio

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! Image Credit: Kory Kevin Studio

We’re super happy with how everything came together, and want to extend a warm thanks to Apartment Therapy and Kory Kevin Studio (@korykevin) for collaborating with us on the project!

Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space! GET THIS LOOK! Peek into our backyard for full before and after details of our backyard redesign, including where to source everything for your own outdoor space!

 

  1. Sconces
  2. Bistro Lights
  3. Gooseneck Light
  4. Blanket Throw
  5. Captain Dining Chairs
  6. Dining Table
  7. Patio Umbrella
  8. Adirondack Chairs
  9. Tall Black Planter
  10. Lantern
  11. Bistro Chairs
  12. Mat

 For more renovation projects check out our on-going Francois Renovates Series!

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