searching for tv cabinets

Yesterday we shared some of the dining chairs we’re considering for Abby Larson’s new dining room. Today, we’re moving into the family room to talk about TV/media cabinet solutions. Originally, we had sketched this built-in, below, to go below the wall mounted TV. But after we priced out how much it was going to cost to build, it didn’t quite seem worth it, especially since Abby won’t be able to take it with her to her next home. That’s the only problem with built-ins–you can’t take them with you! So, we’re on to finding a piece of furniture that is approximately 60 inches wide and 18 inches deep that can occupy this space below the TV mostly to store her two little kiddie’s toys. tvcabHere’s a piece from  Zinc Door, the Bennett media center, that is quite nice and can be custom colored in just about any color of the rainbow. zincdoo
We’ve used the Bungalow 5 Frances side tables before, but never their media console. We like this piece because it is covered in grasscloth which gives it some nice texture. It’s also painted Dove White, one of our favorite Benjamin Moore colors. The only forseeable problem with this piece is the open shelves–not the best for storing messy toys, but wonderful for displaying books and little accessories!
This World’s Away Werstler Limed Oak chest is a great piece and is definitely kid  proof, but still fun with the Greek key motif.
We’ve used this dresser in lots of client’s spaces–from bedrooms to dining rooms–and it always looks chic. swirl
While we would be  happy with any of the new pieces above, we sort of want to go vintage on this piece and purchase something like this Drexler Campaign chest (which is oddly almost exactly the same dimensions as our original drawing) from 1st Dibs. At this point in our purchasing for Abby, we’ve bought almost all of the custom and new pieces, so it might be nice to introduce a vintage piece like this in this space. Even an old pine dresser would be pretty here. drexelcampaign
We found this pair of campaign dressers, below, at the Salvation Army a few years ago and have painted them three times now. Here are two of their recent iterations:
What do you all think about these options? We definitely don’t want anything that screams “I’m a media console!” but we want to be practical as well. Hope everyone has a great weekend! Will we be seeing any of you at the NYC Gift Fair?

  • Fletcher Bateman

    I’m also looking for a not so media looking media center. Love the swirl cabinet. Where is it from?

  • eddielicious

    Do you ever get pieces at auction houses? I love this site because its all the auctions listed together. like a clearing house. You can sort by what type of piece you are looking for and get email alerts when a specific item is going up for auction.

  • Lauren

    It’s Hickory Chair!

  • Naomi

    I just scored a set of campaign dressers found on my neighbours curb and am inspired by this post to paint them mint or aqua. Do you recall what paint colour you used when you painted your campaigns mint? Or do you have any general mint/aqua paint colour recommendations?

  • Debbie

    I just replaced some low bookcases with two Ikea Rast dressers painted white with O’verlays painted gold and brass hardware. I LOVE it. I’m able to store so much in them – much better than the open shelves where I felt the need to buy pretty objects, which just turned into dust collectors.

    I love the Drexler chest because it would be great as a TV stand but also would work as a bedroom dresser. If you’re looking for something that can work in future homes, I would think it’d be good to have something that isn’t site-specific in case the next living room needs a media stand of a different size. So my vote is vintage.

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