Dress up your media cabinet for only $3.00

Feb 3rd, 2010

This week has been one of those “rough” Mom weeks for me. My kids have successfully broken several things around the house. I don’t know what it is about this week, but they have broken more things than they have broken ever before. They shattered my large glass jar that I showed you in THIS post, they destroyed a lamp, they obliterated a large glass liquid measuring cup, AND Londyn (my two year old) pulled off one of the tufted buttons on my OTTOMAN that I showed you in THIS post. AAAAAHHHH.

So, I figured that I’d better change the glass out of this media cabinet. Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if it was broken by tomorrow. I had thought that my house was pretty “kid proof” until now. I was wrong. I like the glass, and I’ll be saving it in case I need it in the future. But, the cabinet also houses our sub woofer so, whenever we want to hear the speaker, we have to open the cabinet doors. So, we’ve been on the lookout for a THRIFTY alternative. :)
I was at Ross the other day, and I found one of those cool doormats…yep…my thrifty brain couldn’t resist. She was only $3.00. We chopped her up. That sounds a little morbid. We used it for a better cause….that sounds better.

I think it looks rather high end. :) AND my kids cannot shatter it. We have created a WIN WIN situation. We can also hear the sub woofer without opening the doors.
What do you think?


  1. Looks great- what a good idea! I want to get that same mat to do the wood + spray paint project I've seen a few places too, so thanks for the reminder :)

  2. OMW! What a wonderful idea! I would love to use this idea on my french doors. they are just glass, would need about 6 mats then would need to think of a way to attach them…Hummmmm…

  3. Brilliant! I love it. Such a clever lady, you are! :)

  4. I love that! Such a great idea! I would never even think to use a floor mat for that!

  5. Looks a lot better than the glass. I like it.

  6. Great idea. It looks way better than boring glass.

  7. So clever! It looks great!

  8. Love it!!!

    Now I'd paint the whole it either white, brown, or black (depending on what color of paint I had in the basement)

  9. That looks great!!!

  10. I like this way better. What a cheap and fun alternative to glass.

  11. I love it. I would never have thought of something like that! Good job!

  12. I think it looks great! Brilliant idea!

  13. super duper creative, I love looking at all your creative designs!

  14. Wow, I love it! What did you use to cut it?

  15. What a smart solution! I think I actually like this version better :).

  16. I love it, it looks great!


  18. It looks fantastic and what a great idea! I like the end result a lot better than the original. And I hear you on the kid problem, I have that challenge too. Unbreakable stuff is great :)

  19. What a great idea! Looks amazing, too. Thanks.

  20. That looks amazing! Great idea!

  21. Awesome idea. I have been wanting to switch out my glass doors on the entertainment center too – because my one year old likes to stand at them and puts her weight on the doors. I'm so worried she'll break them somehow and hurt herself. I wonder if these would collapse though if she stood at them?? I just might have to try it. Thanks again for ANOTHER amazing project!!

  22. So super inventive and creative! Love it!

  23. Super creative! Love it!

  24. So awesome!
    I need to do this to my cabinet, but need to find a saw to cut out the wood…http://crazycraftycousins.blogspot.com/2009/12/latest-project-complete.html

  25. I swear some of the ideas out hear in blogland amaze me… I don't think I would have thought of that, but boy it turned out great!!!

    Thanks for joining "Get you Craft on Thurs."… I hope you join me next week!


  26. that may be the most creative thing i've ever seen. way to think outside the box!

  27. Anonymous says:

    That is FANTASTIC!!!! GREAT job!!!!

  28. What a great idea! Can I pay you to go shopping with me some time? (LOL) :-)

  29. Anonymous says:

    Lurve it!!! So creative. How did you attach it.

  30. Dave and Natasha says:

    I LOVE it! You are so creative! I showed Dave and he also loved it! I think it looks even better than before! Oh, and we both LOVE the yellow night stands. We were at DI yesterday and Dave wanted to get a couple nightstand there, but I didn't really want to pay $20 each for them, so we didn't get them. Today he went back and tried to get them, but they were gone. My first thought was, I wonder if Brooke saw those! ;) Haha! If you did, they'll be great!

  31. This is seriously a great idea. What did you attach it inside with? It totally looks like iron, but it's rubber, right?

  32. what the heck!!! what a SSSWWWEEET idea! I love the look of that!!! AMAZING. You are just so creative. LOVE IT. Great. Sorry about your ottoman. Guess we need a vegas trip to pick out new fabric for it.

  33. what an awesome thrifty idea!

  34. AMAZING! i wish my brain could work a little more like yours :)

  35. really really brilliant, what is the mat made of???

  36. Holy Moly, what an awesome DIY project! Im sitting here wishing I had glass doors to remove and do this on. :) I think it looks ten times better than with the glass.
    I just found your blog earlier this week and already Im hooked. You have the best ideas!

  37. that is so so clever! How do you come up with ideas like that?! Good heavens… I admire that so much. Just a little note, I have recently found this blog, and I am ADDICTED. I started from the beginning and read the whole thing through. ABSOLUTE LOVE. Oh and for kallie, I am also from alpine…. Do you know any Dowses? Jacob or Megan? or possibly a Sofia Lee (sister in law)? and my Dad is a pediatrician in Cedar City right now… Dr Dowse ring a bell? haha Anyways… just thought I would ask. And to the both of you… you are AMAZING! congrats on a wonderful talent… i'm sure when i have my own house, I will be reading those great tutorials of yours :D Thanks! (p.s. my blog is terribly boring… i don't update it very often, so don't plan on anything exciting from me. I'm mostly a blog reader…)

  38. I think its a very pretty solution to a potentially bad problem!

  39. So creative! I love it!! Thanks for all the great ideas you girls tell us about. I would have never thought of doing something like that!!

  40. That looks awesome! What a great fix!

  41. That change does elevate the piece and make it look for expensive. Also a very practical solution for your family. I understand your frustration and it can be so challenging to decorate around your kids! You handled this well and it turned out to be quite a happy accident.

  42. Love it! How did you cut the metal?

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