Thursday, January 26, 2012

Green Cottage Dresser Media Cabinet

This is the green cottage dresser that I shared last summer. It's one of my favorites! I love the bright happy color (Antibes Green Chalk Paint) and cottage style pieces have that relaxed comfortable feel that just makes me smile.



This one has been in a few different spots, but now I think it's now found a happy home in the sun room as a media cabinet.




Here is what this corner looked like over the holidays. We bought the media cabinet when we built this room almost twenty years ago. It's really a beautiful piece of furniture and I often thought about phasing out the dated hunter green color. But I knew that at some point, we were going to have to update to a flat screen TV. Well that time finally came a few weeks ago and flat screen TV's just don't work in these gigantic cabinets.




Now this is what the corner looks like today.




I think dressers make the most wonderful media cabinets. And it's such an easy project.



We just removed the drawer, cut a board to fit for a shelf, drilled holes for the cords and painted the inside - done! If I get bored with it anytime soon, I can just swap it out for another piece. And just like Megan's dresser to media cabinet transformation, we saved the drawer and this dresser could return to it's former life in a matter of minutes!


But for the moment, I am totally thrilled with the new look!



The cable box and blu-ray player fit perfectly on the shelf!




And the drawers provide ample storage for CD's and DVD's!




And of course we now laugh at ourselves for waiting so long to update the TV. We had no idea how bad the picture was on our old TV. We also treated ourselves to an air track speaker and the sound is amazing too. Even when I'm not watching TV, I just pop in a CD. Adele is serenading me at the moment. Modern technology, you don't know what you're missing till you update!




I love the bright pop of color and I'm happy to say goodbye to hunter green. But the corner now needs a little work. I ordered a comfy new slip covered swivel glider from Crate & Barrel to replace the wicker chair. And I'm on the lookout for a new floor lamp and art work for the wall. Something fun and interesting and a little more modern. Like everything, it's a work in progress!


If you're on the lookout for a new media cabinet, consider repurposing a dresser. It's an easy project and a great look! ... Or you could go this route, and just keep the media cabinet you already have. ... This is from a website called There, I Fixed It. Too funny!



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56 comments:

Leanne said...

That last photo is hilarious...My grandparents put there tv on top of their old floor model. A true "tv" stand!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks great! i love the fun pop of color it adds to the room!

jeannie maxwell said...

We have our tv on top of a dresser too. I love the look!

I love how light and airy that corner is now with the bigger unit gone. And that color green is beautiful. Did you mention the name and I passed by it? That is the most cheerful green I've seen. Very pretty!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

That is a perfect cabinet for your new tv. I'm still patiently waiting for my tube tv to die so I can buy a flat screen. Once it does, that is exactly what I'm going to use for my media cabinet.

Katie said...

This turned out great!! I love how simple it is to convert it back if you change your mind later! We have a dresser in our living room and it's so nice having all that extra storage!!

Miriam@BeBookBound said...

Oh my goodness, that last pic made me giggle. I love this! Now I have to search Craigslist for the perfect dresser. This is so much cuter than a regular media cabinet!

NanaDiana said...

That little dresser is just perfect. Love the color and what a great idea to remove the top drawer for your components. xo Diana

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I love that color green--it's bright and cheerful! And the last photo makes me laugh. That's taking "use what you have" a *little* too far!

Emily @ The Diligent One said...

Oh, how sweet! I simply love the green color (haven't I seen this beauty at one of your tag sales? or perhaps it's the same color as the dresser my sister bought for her girls' room?). Either way, it looks great. I have a dresser in my kitchen that needs some drawers removed and replace with baskets, methinks. :)

Brenda said...

Love the dresser for the flat screen. We bought a flat screen for Christmas and it is setting on top of the old entertainment center with the old TV still in its spot. We would have to do what the bottom photo you showed to make ours work. I vote for the dresser, which I have been trying to talk the hubs into.

Ali Richardson said...

AWESOME Sharon!!!!! I need to do that exact same thing in my living room. The Ikea cabinet we have had for years is NOT ok!!! Glad to know it's an easy project :) Yours looks GREAT!

Honey at 2805 said...

Great idea! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at Potpourri Friday!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Fantastic idea! Love the rich color you chose for your 'new' media cabinet!!

The Decorating Diaries said...

Love, love, love that color. I hope to join your party next week.

Janet

Holly Lefevre said...

That color is stunning! I really am looking forward to transforming some dressers into shelves and media cabinets! This looks fabulous.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

HA! I love that picture at the end~ too funny! What a great idea for your sweet green dresser! We still have the old school tv set and entertainment center, too! :)

Jeo Fazzio said...

Excellent share and good green dresser media cabinet and modern furniture...

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

I've been looking for the perfect dresser to use for a tv stand. I love the pop of color yours gives to the room. That last cabinet is a hoot!

restorenation said...

I love the dresser to media cabinet idea. It's a great way to repurpose an easily found piece of furniture. And, it's economical, environmentally friendly, and you can personalize it! Habitat for Humanity of MC ReStore

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said...

That is so pretty!! I absolutely love the color! I am a new follower.
I currently have a link party going and would love for you to share this.

http://twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com/2012/01/thursdays-temptation-link-party-2.html
Jill

Sassy Sites! said...

I love the color!! I'm too nervous to try "different" color... other than black! LOL! I need to branch out a little! ;)

Thanks so much for linking up to Sassy Sites for our free for all party. Be sure to join us tomorrow morning for some shout outs! Have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO!
Marni

Drama Mama Lori said...

Love the color! I've converted a dresser myself, but for now it's sitting in the room and I'm waiting for it to tell me what color it wants to be! Visiting from Redoux - new follower! - Lori

Katie said...

I love the idea of that!
You should join me for Handmade 52 http://www.raisingoranges.blogspot.com
Katie

Meg said...

The color is so fun, I'm having a blast adding little pops of color to my family room. I so want to add a dresser in this kind of capacity to my room as well! Love it!

The Painted Parlor said...

that color makes me smile too :)

Abbie said...

Absolutely LOVE the color and love how you repurposed it!

I would be absolutely THRILLED if you would stop over at my place and link this up to Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL…going on right now!:

http://www.fivedaysfiveways.com/2012/01/feature-friday-free-for-all-4.html.

So looking forward to seeing you there!

P.S. I’m a new follower. : )

~Abbie

Catherine said...

I really love that colour - makes me want to run out and paint something!

oops! said...

Clever! (and pretty)

WhyCuzICan said...

Love the pop of green in a room! Nice job Elizabeth


Visiting from Cherished Treasures SUNDAY BLOG LOVE party today!,
Smiles, Suzanne in NW IL (WhyCuzICan)

Betsy @ Anna Nimmity said...

This is such a clever use of an old dresser, and it's really pretty! The last photo made me laugh, too, as I've felt like that many times in my life. Your solution is much better. I'm visiting from Five Days 5 Ways.

Mimi said...

Your media cabinet is fabulous. Love the color. The details of it make it so different and refreshing.

Linda Leyble said...

Hi - just found your blog. I will be sure to link up on your next party this Tuesday.

Love your green cottage dresser. Nice pop of color in your room!

Linda

Aimee said...

Love the green! Creative idea.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

I love this green! I can't remember if I have already commented on it. I bought the green that looks alot like this in chalk paint, can't wait to get started with it!

Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} said...

Hehehe! That is hilarious! Your dresser is gorgeous, and such a great idea. LOVE that fab green color :)

gail said...

Green has always been my least favorite color, but I'm lovin' this media cabinet!
gail

Jen said...

<3<3<3! I am loving that gorgeous shade of green, wow, does it ever make that dresser sing! I have a dresser that I'm thinking needs to be transformed into a media cabinet, and wow, does your dresser ever inspire me! I'd be so excited if you'd come and share this (and any other post you'd like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown link party, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com Hope to see you there! ~Jen

Sarah said...

I love the color..so nice!
Sarah
www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

Andrea S. said...

What a great use of that dresser! I love it! Thanks for sharing how you did it. I'm wanting to something similar for our livingroom. Just need to find the right dresser. :)

Lindsey said...

That picture of keeping the old media cabinet is just too funny! Love the idea of using an old dresser for a media unit... You just need to find the perfect size! Wish I could find such a great find!

Visiting from: http://www.toddlindsey.com/

Serendipity and Spice said...

LOVE the color! It totally brightens up the room! I'd love it if you stopped by my linky party and link up one of your favorite posts! www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
-Melissa

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

This is such a genius idea - I probably would have never thought of it! And the color you chose is so fun.

Smallgood said...

I agree. Dressers make the best media cabinets. That green is spectacular.

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

brilliant idea, esp b/c it can go right back to being a dresser!

love that green!

linwood avenue said...

i'm stopping by from craft-o-maniac. i was immediately drawn to your link because my tv dresser is a long lost sister to yours, only mine is creme instead of green (which i love)!

Katie said...

Oh my i love that color!!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Nice focal point. It works perfectly.

Shannon@vintagerestyled said...

Luv!!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I think it looks fantastic- love the color and the media on the shelf- perfect. Thanks for linking up!

anieb said...

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Kellie Brown said...

Clever! Our flatscreen tv is also sitting on an old dresser, but I hadn't thought to make the top drawer into a shelf. I have to try this!!

Kacey said...

So cute and happy! I just love that Antibes Green color. We have a huge long dresser that we use for our media center, and I love the storage it provides.

Mariah said...

A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!! I love the pop of color!!! I would love for you to come link up to my new link party!
http://mariahscreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/terrific-tuesday-1.html

Katie said...

I'm featuring you tonight at Handmade 52! You should come check it out! www.raisingoranges.blogspot.com

Crafty Mischief said...

Your dresser is lovely! It's just what we need! Right now our new tv is sitting on top of our entertainment center bc it won't fit inside! Kind of like your last photo! Lol!

Pam said...

What a great idea. And the color is amazing. I haven't opted for a larger TV yet because I love my armoire, but I know I'll only be able to hold off the husband for so long.