A Dresser Turned Media Cabinet Reclaims its Place

A year ago when I was living in my cozy little condo, I had a bit of a furniture meltdown. More specifically, I had too much of it, and the pieces neither fit my space nor served their respective purposes. I arranged and rearranged; I made offerings to family members, none of whom wanted the stuff either; I sold the biggest piece (a giant media cabinet I purchased a decade ago); and I threatened to either sell or donate the rest.

Parting with things is not usually a problem for me, except we’re talking about a bedroom set that belonged to my parents 40, possibly 50 years ago. There’s the hook. I’m a nostalgist. A sentimentalist. I can purge with the best of them, except when it comes to stuff given to me by someone I care about or by someone who has passed away. In the case of death, I live by this senseless rule that somehow it’s worse to offend the dead than the living. Not enough therapy.

Dresser as media cabinet with picture ledge – oh how I loved it!

It turns out, however, the dresser from said bedroom set made a lovely media cabinet. The television could get off the floor, I didn’t have to toss the family furniture out the door, and I wouldn’t have to live with the guilt of parting with something my Mom gave to me! You say justification, I say crisis averted.

But then I moved, and my new space was problematic for the dresser-turned-media cabinet. See how it sits flush on the floor? The space where it needs to sit in the cottage is over a heat vent. Not cool. Ha! To remedy the situation, I ordered a real media cabinet on legs from Wayfair, and felt indifferent toward it at best. I’m not knocking Wayfair. The cabinet is exactly as described, arrived on time, and without damage. It turns out I’m one of those people who should meet the item in person before purchasing; establish a relationship with the thing. You know, so I can agonize over releasing it years later.

So I asked you, Half Fast and Classy readers, for ideas and y’all came up with some great ones! One idea was to put it on legs, another was to add some type of screen skirt around the bottom so it didn’t look awkward with the legs, and another idea was to put the dresser on bricks. I chose the latter for a couple of reasons: it was easy-peasy and it didn’t cost me a dime. Can I get a woot-woot!

There were four bricks tossed aside in my yard, so I scrubbed them clean and added stick-on furniture pads to prevent floor scratches.

Cleaned bricks with furniture pads attached
A closer look at the brick footings

Here it is on the bricks. What I realized as I was setting this up is that the bricks are totally MCM and are authentic to the era of the dresser. What’s more mid-century than furniture on or made of stacked bricks?

Finished project is perfect! We’ll talk about that split picture ledge another time…

Lastly, one of the reasons this works well in my home is that I don’t have children. If there were children who might pull/push on the dresser or run into it, I would be concerned about it slipping off the bricks. My home is about as low-key as one can be, so it isn’t a concern for me. Definitely keep the kiddos (or rambunctious pets) in mind when you’re doing any kind of modification to furniture.

Where is the Wayfair media cabinet, you ask? Well, it slipped into the dining room because the buffet relocated to the kitchen a few months ago anyway. A long story for another time. Until then,