How to Turn a Dresser Into a Media Console

Turning a dresser into a media console that looks just as sleek at the flat screen above it is easy. Just follow these step-by-step instructions.

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Beautiful Family Room

When it comes to modern day media rooms, flat-screen TVs are often the main focal point. While the televisions themselves are sleek, modern and aesthetically pleasing, many TV stands and consoles are considered eyesores. Given the amount of time spent looking at the TV wall, it's wise to look beyond the consoles that are readily available through retailers and, instead, create a media console that not only does its job but works harmoniously with the room's decor.

Designer showrooms offer inspiration for homeowners interested in a one-of-a-kind, high-end media consoles that look great, plus help conceal wire and components that would otherwise be considered clutter. Homeowners with moderate do-it-yourself skills can sidestep designer showrooms' hefty price tags by creating a similar look themselves. All that's needed is some imagination, an old dresser, basic power tools, bold color and paint supplies.

With a little elbow grease and a few hundred dollars, a designer-grade media console which looks just as sleek at the flat screen above it may be within reach by following these step-by-step instructions.

Materials Needed:

  • dresser
  • drill
  • 1.5-inch paddle drill bit
  • electric sander
  • sanding pads
  • drawer hinges
  • screws
  • painter's tape
  • tape measure
  • jigsaw or table saw
  • marker
  • 2-by-2-inch blocks of wood (two per drawer)
  • pencil
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • high gloss lacquer


An old dresser was reinvented as a designer-grade media console by outfitting drawer fronts with hinges, and using a paint sprayer to add a high gloss finish (Image 1). This 1960s dresser was picked up from a flea market for $35. In its existing state, it sported a dark, worn-in, dated finish (Images 2-3). To transform a dresser into a concealed media console, the interiors of drawers need to be outfitted with hinges that allow the door fronts to flip open (Image 4), giving access to media components and remote controls (Image 5).

Step 1

Remove the drawers that need to be customized.

Step 2

Assign a number to each drawer body and drawer front by marking the number on painter's tape, then sticking to drawer and drawer front.

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