Inspirations…. First Build – Media Console

I am so excited for today’s post.  It seems like it was forever from beginning to end.  Unfortunately, running a full-time business sometimes gets in the way of my fun!

Where do your inspirations come from?  I find inspiration everywhere.  I love visiting Twombly’s Garden Center to get inspiration from the many beautiful plants and trees. I am also a big fan of Pinterest.  I am always thinking of the next project, build, fix, paint, design or redo.

My newest inspiration came from a photo in House Beautiful Magazine you can see it here.  I saw the photo of the room in an issue in a decorator’s store and was wowed by the amazing shinny purple door.  I said to my friend “I must use that glossy purple paint somewhere”.  The first idea that came to me was that I needed a media center for my TV in my great room.  I had just painted that wall a beautiful lilac and the rest of the walls a light aqua.  That is the moment I decided I would build it myself and paint it all glossy and purple!

I have always been a big fan of woodworking but have not had much experience.  I have a great assortment of power tool from little projects here and there.

I began my  online search for some building plans.  That is where I discover the amazing building blog by Ana White and all of the project plans she has all free.  I settled on this media center.   It had the basic bones that I needed and was approximately the size I needed.  I decided that I didn’t want doors or drawers.  I wanted an open space for my components and the lower shelves for some pretty baskets.  I also decided that I wanted casters or wheels instead of legs so I could easily move it and clean behind it.  I am a huge fan of wheels on furniture.  They are very functional and can be fun and funky as well.

I purchased the wood necessary to build my rendition of the media console and also purchased the recommended  Kreg Jigs® .  That tool was amazing and now I just want to keep building things.  So here is a bit of the process:

 This the the box built.

 Here it is primed and wheels attached.  These wheels rock!  You may notice some bowls and pots filled with water around the room.  The paint manufacture suggests a kiddie pool filled with some water in the room prior to and during painting to collect dust particles from the air and keep them from being attracted to your paint.  I figured this would do the trick:)

 Although expensive, I chose Fine Paints of Europe – Hollandlac Brilliant in a beautiful shade of purple.  This is a super high-gloss finish that is exactly what I wanted.

Here it is painted (not the easiest paint to work with – but worth it) and ready to roll.

A closer look at the paint and wheels.

I added a thin back with holes cut out for the cords for a nice finished look and

found some cool baskets and sprayed them turquoise to tie in with the wheels.

The final product!  I love my new console and I had a great time making it.

Lessons learned with this first build:  Cut a bit bigger and then you can shave it down to fit.  Cut too small and you have gaps.  It is well worth the time to sand really well and remove all traces of dust prior to painting.  Next time I also think I would prime all of the wood prior to assembly and touch up afterward.

 What inspires you?  Where to do get your best decorating ideas?  Recipe ideas?  Garden design ideas?  Now all I want to do is start on some new project.  I don’t have much room for more furniture but I’ll be ready when the next inspiration hits me.  I really want to build a brick pizza oven but I’m not sure masonry is as forgiving as woodworking.  Cheers, Linda


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