Hello everyone, today I want to share with you my latest creation: a media console! Several months ago, my sister approached me with the request of helping her build a media console for her home. She found plans by Ana White for the Apothecary Cabinet Console. We left off the doors and drawers in favor of having open shelves. We worked on this project over the course of several weekends and my sister is very happy with the final result!
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Tools and Supplies
- Circular Saw
- Kreg Jig
- Kreg Right Angle clamps (I adore these clamps, a must if you use pocket hole joints)
- Orbital Sander
- Brad Nailer
- Minwax Wood Stain (Jacobean) (This is the same color we used to stain her rustic coffee table.)
- ECOS Paints WoodShield Satin Varnish
The top of the console is pine and the base is built from MDF.
Building the Console
Step 1: Cut the lumber
First up, we cut down all the lumber with my mini circular saw.
Step 2: Create pocket holes
Next up, we used the Kreg Jig pocket hole system and drilled pocket holes on the boards.
Step 3: Assemble the console
Next we began to assemble the console piece by piece. The Kreg right angle clamps were incredibly useful at this step.
Step 4: Fill in the pocket holes and sand
Once the console was assembled, we filled in the pocket holes with wood filler. We then cycled through several grits of sand paper to prep the surface for painting and staining.
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Step 5: Stain, paint, and seal
We stained the top of the console with Minwax Wood Stain in Jacobean. The base of the console was painted white. We stained the console top prior to attaching it to the base.
The apothecary console was sealed with a few coats of ECOS Paints WoodShield Satin varnish.
DIY Apothecary Console