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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!

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Comeback Kid: Caned Furniture

One of the things I want to do more of this year is talk about design trends I’m loving in the Industry, so I thought I’d start with one that I’ve been obsessing over for awhile now. As chunky rattan furniture starts to recede, I’m loving the resurgence of caned furniture details. Something about the refined, natural texture especially when paired with black has me all googly-eyed every time I come across it. I’ve rounded-up the most delicious caning applications below.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for shoppable ways to incorporate the trend at your place, and they’re affordable too!

Caned furniture is finding it's way back into mainstream decor. Come see how the trend is being applied and shop ways to bring it into your home. Continue Reading →

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DIY Medicine Cabinet Makeover

This post was created in partnership with KILZ®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s a new year, and I’m teaming up with KILZ to give a new look for the spot in our house where we start and end each day: the bathroom medicine cabinet. Since this little spot is so deeply embedded into our everyday routine, I figured it was high time to make it prettier and all around more functional for Ken and me.

A Medicine Cabinet Makeover: Refresh the spot in your home where you begin and end each day. Continue Reading →

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Meaningful Holiday Home Tour

Call me curious, Christmas-crazy, or maybe even downright nosy?! But I love seeing how other people ‘do’ Christmas at their house. From decorations to traditions, its fun to see all the creative ways people celebrate the season. All this to say, I’ve been following along with Laura from Meaningful Spaces ‘ Meaningful Holiday Home Tour the last 3 days, (If you have been too, you just came from Heidi of Honeybear Lane’s home) and I’m excited to welcome you to my own decorated home on the last day of the tour!

When it comes to Holiday decorating, we draw inspiration from two areas:

  1. Natural elements like garland, spruce tips, amaryllis, dried fruit, etc. We like using these kinds of things because they smell delicious, they’re pretty, and fresh elements mean it’s less to store in the basement the rest of the year!
  2. Our Scandinavian heritage: simple, neutral & nature-inspired decor, Dala horses, Norwegian flag bunting, etc.

Playing on the Nordic vibe, we did a Charlie Brown-style real fraser fir Christmas tree this year from our neighborhood nursery, Tangletown Gardens, and I love its open, sparse feel. Less tree branches mean less ornaments, so we limited the display to clip-on candles, Swedish straw characters, & black & white striped balls.

Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)   Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

We keep a wrapping station near the radiator in the dining room with ribbon, scissors, tape and a basket of wrapping paper and boxes, so everything is all in one place when it’s time to get wrapping.   Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

One thing I REALLY wish this home had was a fireplace, not only for cozy fires, but also for hanging stockings. The dining room bookcases though are the next best place for them (until Lil’ Syl starts crawling anyway).

The winter green tips were leftover from this Holiday post. I originally put them in this vase with water to keep them hydrated until I could figure out what to do with them, and then I ended up really liking just the way they were! Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour) Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

We don’t do much for Holiday decor in the rest of the house, but in the kitchen we do have a few tiny decorations such as the Norwegian flag bunting strung across the window, a bundle of boxwood (pretending to be mistletoe) in the doorway, a Christmas-y apron my mom made years ago, and a potted amaryllis.

Take a look around my home all dressed up for the Holidays, and find out where we draw festive inspiration from! (Holiday home tour)

That’ll do it for our tour! Thanks for coming over, and if you’re looking for more Holiday decorating inspiration, check out our decor from last year. It was a completely different look!

The next stop on the Meaningful Holiday Home Tour is Beautiful Treasures. Head on over to see what Rachel’s got8

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A Perfectly Plaid Holiday Table

After an insanely fun media console styling session last month, Tasha from Tchotchkes Interior Design and I have teamed up again to bring a little nostalgic yuletide inspiration to Holiday gatherings this season.  This time we’ve brought Retro Wanderlust (the shop in the Minneapolis area for all things vintage home) along for the ride and challenged ourselves to think beyond the quintessential red and green palette and instead focus on less ‘in-yo-face’ festive cues like greenery, Holiday motifs, cozy textures, and candlelight to bring home the warm, merry appeal. Below we’re talking through how we arrived at this look, so you can recreate for your own gathering!

Inspiration for a non-traditional, yet nostalgic Holiday table in collaboration with Tchotchkes Design Studio. Christmas entertaining at its finest! Continue Reading →

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How-To: The Nordic Style Christmas Tree Basket

How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration!

As I was naming this blog post yesterday, it occurred to me just how simplistic and all around ‘common-sense-esque’ it sounded. How hard can it be to put your real Christmas tree in a basket? The truth is I’ve been trying to figure out how to use a basket (in lieu of a tree skirt) for my real Christmas tree for the last few years, and I finally figured out a set up that works. So here we are!

You see with real trees the stands are often 20″-24″ at their widest point, making it difficult to disguise in a basket without the basket being MASSIVE. I recently came across a 16″ diameter plastic tree stand that holds a 6′ tree. Our tree this year is a real Fraser Fir, known for its more “open” Nordic feel. The top of the tree thins to a single branch with a few small off shoots. Technically, the tree is a 7-footer, but considering the sparseness at the top of the tree, I decided to give it a whirl with the 6′ tree stand. And SPOILER alert…it works great!

The 16″ tree stand diameter makes the basket so much more doable. Here I’m using an 18″ round sea grass basket from Target’s home storage section. Placing the tree stand in the basket is a snug fit, keeping the whole set up nice and stable. For good measure, I thought I’d detail our whole tree setup this year. See sources at the bottom!

How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration! How to get the Christmas tree basket set-up in lieu of a tree skirt. Plus! Nordic-style tree inspiration!

S H O P  T H I S  L O O K

Glitter Star Tree Topper  ||  Fraser Fir Real Tree  ||  Finial Ornaments ||  Candle Clips  ||  Candles  ||  Black and White Striped Ornaments  ||  Danish RowHouse Gift Wrap  ||  Black Plaid Gift Wrap  ||  White Plaid Ribbon  ||  Black Border Ribbon  ||  6ft Plastic Tree Stand  ||  Sea Grass Basket

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3 Tips for Selecting Nursery Window Coverings

Before becoming a parent, I had no idea just how important window treatments were in nurseries. Aside from their appearance (though that’s pretty high up there too), it’s their functionality that make them an essential part of daily routines with a babe.

When we converted our guestroom into the nursery last year, we kept the inexpensive white blinds from the guestroom, because they were only about a year old, and seemed as though they’d work well enough in the nursery too. Little did we know they just weren’t going to cut it, especially as we began trying to help our daughter, Sylvia, learn day from night and her bedtime became earlier and earlier.

If you’re nursery planning for a bun that’s in the oven, or looking to update existing shades in your little one’s room, read on as I’m teaming up with window treatment experts, Premier Curtain Studio, to highlight 3 key things to consider when picking out nursery shades!

Learn what to look for when picking nursery window coverings to help make everyday life easier when it comes to naps and bedtime.

 

  • Fast, One Hand Maneuverability – When looking for window treatments, do yourself a favor and choose ones that are designed to make opening and closing them (something you do several times a day) easy and fast. Our old, blinds were able to be drawn/closed with one hand, but winding that long cord up on the wall hook (so it wasn’t left puddled on the floor) took what seemed like an eternity when I had a crying, tired baby in my other arm. And don’t get me started on the crooked way the old blinds would stack when pulled up!
  • Cordless Design – Window shades with accessible pull cords can pose a safety hazard for little ones as they begin moving around on their own. Go cordless for peace of mind that your little one’s room is a safe space for them to play as well as sleep.
  • Black Out Lining – Especially during Summer months, little ones usually need to hit the hay before the sun goes down. Black out lining is a opaque fabric layer that’s sewn into the shade or drapery panel and provides extra daylight blocking power. Some babies also seem to nap a little better during the day with a darkened room, so it’s a definitely a feature worth considering!

 

Learn what to look for when picking nursery window coverings to help make everyday life easier when it comes to naps and bedtime.

After 3 months of taping classy, black garbage bags over our blinds, as recommended by our pediatrician, until we could invest in black out lined shades, we have finally upgraded to a beautiful set of cordless roman shades with black out linings from Premier Curtain Studio for Sylvia’s room, and they make such a huge impact in how the nursery looks and functions.

Premier Curtain Studio is a custom and semi-custom fabricator specializing in window treatments, pillows and ottomans. As someone who sews, I’m very aware of the skill and attention to detail that goes into crafting window treatments, and I’m super impressed with the quality of our shades. I also love that they’re made here in the US.

We chose Linen in color Dove for the shade which is a poly/linen blend and has the look of natural, undyed linen. Very nuanced yarns and texture. I’d recommend ordering samples (they’re free!) to get a sense of the look and feel of the fabric. Digital pictures just don’t do their beautiful fabric options justice.

Learn what to look for when picking nursery window coverings to help make everyday life easier when it comes to naps and bedtime. Learn what to look for when picking nursery window coverings to help make everyday life easier when it comes to naps and bedtime.

  Learn what to look for when picking nursery window coverings to help make everyday life easier when it comes to naps and bedtime.

Professional Details. The cordless shades have this genius, discreet mesh loop at the inside bottom that makes it easy to operate the shade without having to pull down on the shade fabric which could collect hand oils over time.

Learn what to look for when picking nursery window coverings to help make everyday life easier when it comes to naps and bedtime.

This post was created in partnership with Premier Curtain Studio. All opinions are my own.

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