$9 Media Console Redesign

For the first time ever, I was able to shop around for a new piece of furniture, specifically a new media console, and not be on a budget. That's right. Why don't you just take a moment and savor the thought with me. I could buy pretty much any media console I wanted, have it assembled by a professional (yep, no marital strife involved!), delivered to our house and enjoy the sweet simplicity that is the American Dream. 

So what did I do? 

I shopped around, dammit! Oh, you bet I did! I searched high and low. Money was almost no object. 

But I didn't find anything a liked. Not a single thing. Everything was generic, and clearly mass produced. There was no originality in any of the pieces I looked at, therefore I didn't buy a media console. I mean, sister's not gonna buy something that everybody else has in their living room. 

I decided to redesign the dresser that I have been using for the past three years. I wasn't happy about it, but I saw a technique on a blog (can't remember the source) about white stain. 

White stain? You've never heard of something such as this? Well get in it, baby! Cuz I bought me some. And here are the steps I followed in my endeavor. 

Step 1: Remove the mirror from the back of the dresser. I just wanted the base. I did save the mirror just in case I want to revamp it in the future. 

Step 2: Prep the surface for the white wash pickling stain. (Yes, that's what it's called "white wash pickling stain" by Minwax. 


White wash pickling stain is applied like any other stain, usually with a rag. You rub in the direction of the grain, let it dry for about 2 hours, then apply another coat if you wish. Pretty simple! Warning: You WILL get messy hands, so don't try to answer your cell phone. You'll have to do so with your lips. It won't be pretty. Your elderly neighbors may stare.


Step 3: Ponder if you like the white wash pickling stain, and debate if you just ruined a perfectly nice dresser with a hair-brained idea.


Step 4: Apply a second coat of stain and hope it looks better that this...


Yes, the above photo was with only one coat. Send help.

Step 5: Move that dresser into the living room, because it looks boss, baby!




Just so we're clear, my media console redesign cost $9. AND, I only used about 1/8 of the stain. A new media console from a big box store would have been more than $150.

Yeah. Imma boss. You can say it. 

But I still have to figure out how to hook up our surround sound.





2 comments:

  1. I love this idea. I have this old rickety what I call a baker rack that I scored from a rummage sale for $2!! Yep, that's right. It has old white paint that is probably lead based for all I know that I want to strip off and this white stain is perfect for redoing it. Currently I use it as a catch all and it also stores a lot of canning supplies and larger mixing and storage bowls. My plans for it are to completely strip it. Reinforce the bottom shelf because it is starting to sag from years of use. I was given a wine rack from my sister for free and I am going to secure it from the top shelf and create a wine rack, storage unit. It will get new door and drawer handles as well since most of them are missing or mismatched.

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    1. That sounds so cool, Tabbie! Do you have a blog? Regardless, I'd love to hear how it turns out!

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