DIY Slatted Media Console - The Jeneralist

DIY: West Elm Inspired Slatted Media Console

Through my adolescent years, my parents would often make jokes about my habits, stating that I portrayed masculine tendencies and enjoyed doing things “only boys would do”. Out of 4 girls, I was infamously known and referred to as the “Tomboy” among my sisters. I’m sure they did not see/understand the harm in their words at the time and the potential implications they could have in my life.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been very hands-on and really enjoyed putting things together … or breaking them apart ( read: destroying). In fact, it served as a mild form of therapy as I matured and got me through a lot of challenges. I’m not sure where and when it happened, but I unconsciously began repressing this side of me and began opting for activities that I thought would make me seem more feminine and marketable as a woman. As if women are single-faceted beings that lack dynamic range *side eye*.

Don’t worry, I’ve since tossed out this false, toxic and very damaging belief.

INSPIRATION

Women. I was inspired by women.

With the onset of the pandemic, many women have boldly and graciously taken up space in the DIY-realm, sharing some phenomenal projects through social media that they completed while in quarantine. Witnessing such wonderful displays of badass-ery ignited a flame in me that spoke directly to that part of me that had been so violently and unconsciously repressed for almost a decade.

Awestruck by the modern/mid-century design, I had been tracking the restock of West Elm’s sold-out Quinn Media Console (80″) for some time. However, with a budding toddler on our hands, I knew that securing a similar piece with a black/darker finish would be a more practical option for maintenance. Not to mention, it would be silly for me to invest in such a high-priced unit only to end up painting it black down the line.

I had also seen Kim from XO My Home on Instagram achieve a similar look successfully, so this was my ultimate inspiration to try my hand at this DIY too.

THE PROCESS

Although this DIY came out successful, I have to admit that this was not the initial look that I was going for. I initially wanted a unit with a fluted finish but found it challenging to secure the ideal size/dimensions of wood (half-rounds) locally that I needed to achieve my desired look. If this is something that is of interest to you, I would advise swapping out the 3/4” rectangular MDF trims below with appropriately sized half-rounds.

What you’ll need:

Supplies

1x IKEA KALLAX Shelf Unit
4x IKEA Insert with door
Brass Cabinet Pull (I picked pulls up in-store at Home Depot)
Brass Legs (I bought/used these ones from Amazon)
3/4″ or 1/2″ half rounded dowels (measure + cut to desired sizes)

Tools
Mitre Saw
Measuring Tape/Yard Stick
Sand Paper
Black Wood Paint ( I used Behr’s Limousine Leather – MQ5-5)
Wood Glue
Battery Operated Drill
Screwdriver
Painting Stir Stick (for spacing)

Instructions

  1. Assemble the Ikea Kallax Unit, using the instructions provided in the package.
  2. I used my Mitre saw to cut the trims to the height of the door. Make sure you have enough wood to cover all 4 doors based on your desired spacing.
  3. I used gorilla glue wood glue and clamps to secure the trims on the doors, then let them dry overnight. For spacing between the trims, I used a standard paint stir stick that came
  4. While the trims were drying, I installed the brass legs I purchased from Amazon.
    For the front legs, I suggest installing it about 1/2 – 1 inch away from the front of the console so the metal plates are hidden. I had to redo mine because the first time, I installed it
    right at the corner and the plate was very visible.
  5. Once the glue dried and the trims were secure, I painted the unit and all 4 doors a true black using Behr’s Premium Plus Interior Satin paint in Limousine Black.
    Note: The Ikea Kallax in black-brown is not a true black, so I opted to paint the entire unit to achieve a true black finish. Trust me, this makes a huge difference.
  6. Once the paint dried, I proceeded to measure, drill and screw on the brass pulls vertically (instead of horizontally like the West Elm console) on each door.
  7. Finally, I installed the doors (with the glued trims) to the Ikea Kallax using the instructions provided by Ikea as a guideline. I did adjust the location of the hinges so that the door would not stick out (remember, the door is now thicker because of the added trims)

Voila!

DIY Slatted Media Console - The Jeneralist

Cost Breakdown:

I will not factor the tools I purchased and used into the cost of this DIY since this was more of a personal investment (more projects to come!). There was a bit of a learning curve and this project. took much longer to complete since I worked on it in bits in between my daughter’s naps, wake times and daily life activities. However, if you’re able to dedicate a full day or two, you can get this completed.

All prices listed are in $CAD.

  1. Ikea Kallax x 1 = $79.99
  2. Ikea Kallax Insert x 4 = $40
  3. Trims = $75
  4. Gorilla Wood Glue = $7
  5. Brass Pulls x 4 = $27
  6. Brass legs x 4 = $45
  7. Black Premium Plus Interior Satin Paint x 1 = $45 (I used this for 2 projects & still have a significant amountt left for other things.)

Total cost if you had to get everything without power tools was around $275 CAD. The West Elm Quinn unit retails at over $2200 CAD.

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