5.14.2011

Kitchen Cabinets for Entertainment

When we completed our basement, we were in need of an entertainment center. We shopped around and looked at everything out there and we just couldn't find anything we really liked. I also found that the average entertainment center didn't have enough depth for the important part of the the entertainment center, really nice audio components. :) From looking around, we determined that we liked the look of the low profile entertainment centers with wall mounted TVs...so we set out to build one.

We also wanted something contemporary yet rustic. That's when we came up with the idea of using wall cabinets and adding a warm look with wood. To capture the low profile look and the needed depth for the stereo components, we used full depth, 15" refrigerator wall cabinets from Ikea. They had great styling at a budget price. They also had nice complimenting hardware for the feet and pulls. The slow closing hinges were a nice addition as well.


For the wood, we really wanted something rustic with good character. We were able to find some beautiful aged barn wood from a local who salvages barns. The siding was from a local barn that was 150+ years old. We loved the idea of using local history. We liked the character so much that we didn't do any fabricating, we just cut the siding to length and fixed it to the top of the cabinets.


I decided it needed a little more to complete the look so I added a small back splash. Unfortunately, I bought the last 2 pieces of siding so I had to do something a little different. I found some white oak barn flooring that had saw marks from the milling years ago. The back splash complimented the top perfectly.


Something that also helped make the look very clean, we managed to conceal all wiring and  components. When creating an entertainment space, consider wall mounted speakers and spend the extra time to hide your wiring and components. Running in wall speaker wire is not bad with the right tools. You can also store all those stereo components behind closed doors by purchasing an RF capable remote. The RF remotes transmit through most surfaces and it's really nice cutting down the remote collection to a single universal remote.


The overall look ended up costing less then many entertainment centers out there and it is more functional.

Randy

41 comments:

  1. That is way too much talent... Congrats! It looks great, I want just the same for my living room

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  2. I love this. I hate the current stand we have for our tv and electronics. I'm going to show this to my hubby for "inspiration."

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  3. Okay here it goes.......luv, love and LOVE it. Sleek meets rustic very clever the console looks great against the wall you have a very nice space.

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  4. Oh gosh, what a great solution! Terrific look!

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  5. The top two boards are just pine barn siding. The back board is a white oak board, it was flooring for the barn. I wanted to use all siding but good sidin was hard to come by.

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  6. Did you sand the wood or put any finish on it??

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  7. I did not, loved the natural look of the worn wood. I tried lightly sanding some of the scrap but it quickly took off the silver color. I considered putting a satin poly finish on it but thought I'd just let it go. I did knock off a little loose wood with a wire brush, just to clean it up a bit.

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  8. Thanks. Where did you get the handles/legs from? Are they Ikea as well?

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  9. Hey.. It just looks great.. I want to do the same for my room.. So that my friends are inspired..Did you polish the wood before you use it??

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  11. What great solution,I like this..Beautifully hand-crafted entertainment centers can accent any room.
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  13. great work....btw what brand are those flat panel speakers?

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  14. Beautiful work! did you fix the wooden top to the wall or the cabinet?

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