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My sister-in-law asked me if I would help her build a media cabinet for her living room to fit perfectly underneath her window sill.  She was tired of the bulky corner cabinet that she previously had housing her VCR, cable box and game console.  She found a modern one she liked from West Elm (that is no longer available) and I set out to build something similar and custom to fit her space.  I even came up with an inexpensive way of making the legs without having to purchase some $10-a-leg premade one.


I am not sure how much the original cabinet cost but our version cost under $85 (not including paint and stain).

DIY Media Cabinet West Elm


1 piece of 3/4†birch plywood

1/4†luan plywood

2 x 4 scraps

4 Euro Hinges

Kreg Jig

1/2†Kreg screws

Euro Hinge Jig with forstner bit

2 Knobs

** For full building plans and cut list click on over to Build Something **


I love the look of the stained top, bottom and legs with the creamy white shelf, doors and body.  I also like the simple and modern lines.  And it really is an easy build if you own a Kreg Jig.

two tone west elm media cabinet

Making a custom piece allows you to have the perfect fit for your space.  My sister-in-law had very specific dimensions due to the window sill and the placement of wires.  I swear media wires are the worst and so confining at times that you are forced to build custom!

I was so surprised that we didn’t have to shell out big bucks for legs.  I literally made them with 2†x 4†scrap pieces.

west elm modern media cabinet


The stain is Minwax Dark Walnut and the paint is Benjamin Moore White Dove.

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Click on over here to get the full cut list and plan.

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