Do you remember way back to last year when I shared that we hit the mother-load of a curb-side find one early morning? Well we never intended to keep the media stand. We had planned to sell it on Craigslist. But then I had that ah-ha moment that I wrote about last week how I wanted to give our living room a little revamp and remove the circus strips from the living room. Well, then I decided maybe I would paint the media stand. So I tried painting a few sample spots on the back of the media stand; however the plastic-like lacquer prevented it from sticking. Thanks Ikea for that one. So then I decided that we could remove the backs of the entertainment stand and replace it with colored bead board. And we could give the media stand some fancy feet. Not those ugly standard (and cold in my opinion) feet that they all come with.
So that’s what we did…
- 1 used media stand
- Bead Board
- Rubber Mallet
- PureBond Hardwood Plywood
- Table Saw
- Scroll Saw
- Disc Grinder
- Fostner Bit
- Wood Glue / Silicone brush
- Air Compressor and Nail Gun
We unstacked the stands, and removed the backs to the media stand.
We measured, cut, and painted bead board. Then slid them right back into the media stand.
Using a rubber mallet help nudge in the last bit of bead board. They fit like a gem!
This is what the stand looked like taken apart with the new backs installed.
Next up, it was time to draw the faux “feet” to our new-to-us media stand. This is the drawing that Mr. Woodsy came up with after tracing the style of the feet on our dressers in our bedroom.
So he made his template and began drawing on our PureBond Hardwood Plywood.
Using the scroll saw, Mr. Woodsy began carefully cutting out the feet to the entertainment stand.
Then he decided to jazz them up and give them a little more depth by routing the edges.
This is what they looked like cut out and routed!
Then it was time to build them!
He applied a light coat of wood glue on each of the sides he planned to join together.
Joined them together and pin nailed them together.
This is what the corner pieces looked like.
And this is what it looked like on the entertainment stand.
So, now it was the big decision. What color would we stain it. We wanted it to match the stand as best as possible.
After the staining process, Mr. Woodsy knew he needed to cut off a piece of the existing legs to the media stand in order to make our “faux” feet work. So in his usual self whom loves to play with fire… he broke out the disc grinder and got to cutting. I realize that everyone probably does not own one of these. Was this step necessary? Yes and no. He could have done a work around, but because he likes to make things complex he decided to cut the metal pieces that went out to the edge of the media stand off.
Because you are cutting metal it is extremely hot. So use caution if you do this step. Do not touch the pieces with your bare hands. Where gloves and handle these with a few thick rags. Place them immediately into water to cool.
You’ll now notice that the edge of the stand is free of any metal. Pictured above is Mr. Woodsy screwing on the legs to the media stand.
It was time to install and place the media stand inside the house. Using a fostner bit, Mr. Woodsy drilled holes in the back of the bead board.
Then of course… cleaned. Because no one likes a messy house.
So once the media center was put into its exact location it was time to add the new and improved “feet” to the stand! Or what I like to call the faux feet! If you look towards the right of the photo you’ll see how it use to look with the metal feet.
So this is what we went from… tiny low to the ground media center with zero storage to this beauty with a customized look that has plenty of storage!
I love the faux feet! They match almost perfect and people who have never scene the media stand before have no idea we added them!
So, what do you think? Would you add faux feet and spruce up a media stand you found on the side of the road?
Oh and if anyone knows what this Ikea media stand is actually called… please let me know. I searched high and low and can’t seem to find the name!