So our TV stand just wasn't calling to me anymore. Trevor made it several years ago and it was great for what we needed then. It was a big cabinet that housed the TV. Then we got a bigger TV that wouldn't fit inside, so he hacked off the top of the whole thing. It was alright, but as with most things, after a few years I was ready for a change.
So I was on the hunt for a dresser. But they were really hard to come by - I blame in on the economy (because that's where everyone puts the blame!) - people are trying to be more frugal so they are either:
--Keeping their furniture longer instead of buying new things and giving their old things to Thrift Stores
--Shopping at Thrift Stores, taking all the good stuff, and driving up prices
My goal was a $20 dresser - I wanted it to have personality. The whole search for a dresser as a TV Stand started when I saw this one over at Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss:
Sad side story - I actually found something really similar to this for $20 on clearance at a Thrift Store, but I hadn't yet run the idea by Trevor and I wasn't sure if he was in on a dresser for a TV Stand. So after he said let's do it, we went back and it was gone - ugh! - a life regret that I didn't buy it on the spot. (I have a list of garage sale life regrets, when I didn't act fast enough - like that amazing loft bed ......anyways.....)
So after months of looking on Craigslist, at garage sales, etc, when I came across this one for $40 at a Thrift Store, I went for it. Kate assured me it was a good deal.
I painted it yellow - note to self, when painting yellow, prime - double prime even! I probably put on 8 coats of yellow, and I swear it still could use more. I love the personality in the curved drawer fronts. Picture of "in progress" - -
So I never loved my basement layout. With the new dresser, we rearranged - the couch is now where the TV used to be, and the TV is on the other way - - it makes things so much more open!
Thing still left to do:
--buy a bracket to hang the TV on the wall (like the inspiration photo) - - but those brackets are pricey, and it's not a have-to, so it'll probably be a while....
--hide the components - - The wall behind the TV is our storage room, so we plan to cut a hole in the wall and store the console stuff on a shelf in the storage room, with some sort of glass picture-frame thing so you can still use remotes - great idea, right?!? It's on the someday list.
But for now, I'm loving the new feel the dresser TV stand brings to the room - -