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Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

My TV is a Diva

September 27, 2013 — 3 Comments

My TV is way too cool to be sitting on a dresser, or so it’s been telling me for the last year. I’m like, TV be cool, there is no need for you to be hanging up on a wall. But I got tired of it’s whining so I finally gave in. Last Christmas I asked for a TV mount and I got one. But then it sat next to the TV in it’s box for 10 months, whomp whomp.

One of my goals before the home tour (mentioned here) was to get that dang TV hung. I don’t really care about TVs hanging or not. I mean, it kind of seems like a guy thing to want the TV hung on the wall, but I had specific reasons for wanting it up off of the dresser.

1) I moved the TV and dresser from the right wall to the left after about 9 months of living here.

I love this set up so much better for many reasons, but the only set back is that in order to see the TV from both couches the TV always has to be at an angle. I’m juuuuust OCD enough that the TV being at an angle drives me insane. For the last year I’ve been moving it to angle when I’m watching it and then moving it back to a right angle when I’m not watching it. Yeah, I’m weird.

2) As seen above, the TV is resting rather precariously on the DVD player. Every time I moved the TV (which was often, as discussed in #1), the DVD player creaked and groaned and I saw angry dollar signs coming at me so I really wanted to get the TV off of the DVD player as soon as possible.

3) It is a generally known fact that I am running out of wall space so I’ve been eyeing that blank wall behind the TV for like a year now. So many options! With the TV hung up I could do one of those fancy gallery walls where the TV is incorporated. Or maybe not, I’m about one vintage advertisement away from my house becoming a TGIFridays :/

With so many reasons to hang the TV and the fact that I already owned the wall mount made it a priority before the home tour, except for the fact that I couldn’t hang it on my own. My hand is still really weak, oh speaking of my hand, have I showed you my scar yet?

My eyes are not actually as lopsided as they appear in this photo.
It is a combination of a shadow and heterochromia.
But my hand is really that pale.

Pretty gnarly, huh? I actually kind of like it! It’s very Harry Potter-ish.

Anyway, with that plus the fact that I’m pretty sure hanging a TV is a two person job I asked my brother and dad to come over help me. I’m so glad I did! Since I have plaster walls there was an added layer of difficulty, but they did a great job!

It not only looks better but now it functions much better. Photos as proof:
Flat against the wall.
Angled, view from first couch.
Angled, view from second couch.
Angled, side view.
Flat, side view.
Flat, view from entry.
Now I have this big beautiful blank wall just asking to be covered in art and photos! Or should I leave it blank? I feel torn. In some ways my house is getting overdecorated, but also I don’t care and I want to just be myself and I think I may be an overdecorated sort of person. Or maybe I’m a minimalist with a hoarding problem? So many questions!

In all of the above photos I hadn’t put the DVD player back yet, but here is what it looks like now:

Next on the to-do list is to get one of those paintable cord covers (like this) to help make the cords blend in better. I’m loving this new set up though. Now I can move the TV back and forth all day long!

In the past few years we have all been replacing (or wanting to replace) our giant CRT TVs for flat screens versions. With flat screens there are a lot of newfangled TV stands but they are expensive and in my opinion pretty ugly.

When I moved in to this house I didn’t have a TV or a TV stand so I had to buy both. For some reason I had it in my head that a dresser would be the perfect TV stand. I am sure this was inspired by something or someone but I don’t remember what or who now. All I know is that I searched craigslist for weeks until I found the perfect dresser for my new TV.*

I love it! (Although I think I have a crook in my arm because all my pictures turn out crooked…huh?) I spent more on my dresser than necessary because it was refinished by an artist, but using a dresser as a TV stand can be a really cheap option. Craigslist is always flush with dresser options and if you are willing to put in a little elbow grease you could really have something special on your hands. Here is the #1 reason I love dressers as TV stands:
DRAWERS. Most TV stands have open shelves which just isn’t practical. I know because I used to have one and it just always looked like a hot mess. DVDs were stacked everywhere, the cords were visible from the front, and they were always dusty (more on how much I hate dust here). That is why I love having drawers so much. All my DVDs fit in there perfectly and it is all dust free! In the top two drawers I have miscellaneous items like the TV manuals, remotes, and boardgames. I realize that some of you have all kinds of electrical equipment like gaming consols and multiple TV boxes (cable, DVR, blue-ray, etc) but this solution is great for those of us with a more basic set up. Here are some inspiring images of dressers as TV stands to further prove my point.

These two images show two small matching dressers pushed together for a seamless looking TV stand. The best thing about this look is that if you ever move or don’t need a TV stand anymore you still have two cool matching dressers to use anywhere else in the house (nightstands, end tables, etc). Also, if I’m not crazy, those two black dressers are IKEA Rast hacks which turned out much cooler than mine! (image sources: black dressers, chevron dressers)

These images show how people have taken pretty basic dressers and removed a few strategic drawers to house the necessary TV boxes. Brilliant! I’m sure they also drilled holes in the back for the chords… such creative thinking. (image sources: 1,2, and 3)
This dresser transformation, though not obvious from this picture, transformed a really ugly $35 dresser from a Habitat ReStore to something fun and practical with a bright coat of teal paint and new knobs.

So are you guys on board with dressers as TV stands or are you sticking with an official TV stand?

*I chose a VIZIO Smart TV because I didn’t want to pay for cable but I do use Netflix Instant so with this ‘smart TV’ I can watch Netflix on my TV (there are also other apps like Amazon Video, Hulu Plus, and Pandora).