Here is a concept sketch along with what it used to look like.
Another concept sketch, slightly improved. There was actually a 3-D rendering I did up in Pro-E that I won't bother with here.
Note: the new couches
I buried a pvc pipe in the wall from the TV to the cabinet so I will be able to pull new wires through as the new technology comes out each year. I also moved the power outlets up the wall to the cabinet level. The speaker wire and internet cables are run under the crown molding.
It was essentially made in four separate pieces two lower and two upper.
The drawers were designed to perfectly fit dvd/blue ray cases although a few drawers have since been claimed as electronics junk drawers.
There was nothing special about the wood except it is the better stuff from the hardware store. I ended up only adding pvc through to the left side because I could run the wires to the right side under the crown molding up above.
Base boards and crown going up.
The bottom shelves were designed with enough space to house a server and printer.
Paint:I strongly recommend making a spray booth out of plastic because I am still finding over spray of everything I didn't cover.
You can see my beautiful and very pregnant wife helping me distress the cabinets by sanding the black lacquer paint back to the wood. After which we wiped a burnt umber stain on those distressed spots to give it a 'painted over' look, after which I clear coated everything with several coats.
Reassembling them in place and securing them to the studs in the wall.
I installed some touch panel flush mount lighting.