If you ask me, technology is probably one of the hardest things to integrate into a thoughtful design. Things like TVs, speakers, DVD players… all that stuff that is necessary if you want to enjoy all that movies and Netflix have to offer, but they can easily cramp your design style and become a bit of an eyesore if you let them.
Since we have been trying to keep our 60s ranch in the midcentury vein, I wanted to get a TV stand that would be sleek and modern but also have a bit of that classic vintage flair. Since I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted,I decided to take a simple Ikea TV stand (the BESTÅ) and add a few tweaks to elevate the look and make it fit in more with our theme.
You can see that it’s a great simple shape, but it just needed a bit more personality for it to fit in with our quirky/fun theme. Vintage-inspired gold accents perhaps?!?
All I needed for this restyle was a drill, painter’s tape, a ruler, some gold spray paint, these adorable brass starburst plates, and some beautiful brass knobs for the actual pulls.
To find the middle of the drawers, I made a cross out of painter’s tape on what looked like the middle, and then used the ruler and marker to mark where the middle actually was.
I then used the drill to drill a hole the size of the knob hardware screw into the drawer. I usually like to start with a smaller hole and then use bigger and bigger bits until I reach the desired size.
Oh, and make sure to take anything out of the drawers first so you don’t drill a hole into your Big Lebowski DVD. Very important.
Once I had the hole drilled, I put the hardware screw through the back of the hole, attached the starburst plate onto the front, and then screwed the knob on to secure the plate.
You could also glue the plate onto the drawer, but if your hardware is tightened well enough, you don’t really have to.
You can see that I also gave the legs a coat of gold spray paint before assembling the TV stand (much easier to do it before than after it’s all put together!). Pretty easy, but it’s a nice detail on the finished product.
Even though they were small and quick changes, I think the added hardware and gold legs give the stand a more unique look that blends in much better with the rest of the decor.
The starburst is a classic midcentury shape and the brass coating makes it pop on the clean shiny white surface. Sometimes all you need is a small change to add that something special! xo. Laura
Check out Emma’s Favorite Accent Wall Decor to Hide a TV for more tips on making your TV look good, and our favorite furniture hacks here.
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.
I really really want to recreate this but I cannot locate the starburst plates. Please help! X
hi, where can i find the tv stand legs? Thank you!!
Hi Olivia! The legs were already on the stand, but Laura painted them gold.
Hi! I think I asked this question before :((..can you please let me know if this is a basic white IKEA Besta or it’s a white high gloss for doors ?? I’m about to start this project. It looks great in the photos but I have to say the real one at the IKEA store looks pretty dull. I’ve bought both options, just in case and will return what I don’t use. And YES, it’s totally budget efficient. You cannot get near a decent TV stand without dropping close to 1k. Looks amazing !
Hi Anda! Sorry for the delay. Laura used the high gloss option 🙂
Thank you so much !
Love the tv stand!!! I am wondering about the coffee table that you can just see the tip of. Is that something you designed or available somewhere for purchase?
Hi Susan! It’s from West Elm 🙂
Loved that so much that I made one for myself like yours! I can’t believe how beautiful my living room turned out because of this beautiful TV stand. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this DIY!!
Hi! I was wondering if you got the Besta in regular white finish or high gloss finish for the doors?
It’s hard to tell from the photos. Thank you !
Hi Marila. Would be really kind and help me locate the the starburst plates please? I’ve literally been up all night!! ?
Here’s a similar one!
Where are the legs from @abeautifulmess?
They’re the ones that came with the Ikea tv stand. 🙂
Could you share where you found the huge Dino picture that you can see in one picture hanging over the tv? Love your style!!
I love the wall colors! It’s bright and friendly without being too yellow or cool! A great shade – do you mind sharing what it is?
Where is the dinosaur print from above the tv?
It looks great!
The handles really made all the difference! What a stunning piece. x
This turned out amazing! I agree that technology is hard to integrate design wise. You know what else is? Fitness equipment. Why is it so ugly?! If you ladies ever do a treadmill makeover I might die of happiness.
Very interesting to see that someone has recreated Vintage Amerock starburst backplates using stamped metal…though I like the originals better as they have more dimension to them — but they are much harder to find!
As usually your ideas are extremely wonderful and helpful! Thanks so much!
Love Big Lebowski and what you did to the stand!
This is proof that simple details go a long way. Now I plan to change up the knobs in my room to make things more cohesive. 🙂
I love how you can make something look so different just by adding one or two things. This looks so cool!
Such a simple change, yet so effective 🙂
I love the gold! http://www.hannamarielei.com
Very cool! I love it!