January 23, 2012

A handmade, built in media cabinet

Working with a 1,000 square foot house presents certain challenges. Especially when you have a small living space. So when we moved into our house we knew three things:

1) Tim knew the minute he saw the fireplace that he wanted to install a TV above it.

Our house before moving in

2) That we had nowhere to put the cable box or play station box. (The mantel was too narrow)

3) That we scheduled a huge house warming party 2 months after moving in. (What was I thinking?)

*Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of its construction but I wanted to write about it since it was our first project in the house and we love it.*

In comes my awesome father in law. He knew that we had space that we could cut into underneath our staircase. So after Tim and him figured out how to run the wires for the TV up through the ceiling and over to the staircase, we figured out how and where to cut into the wall. He built the shelving system on an angle to compliment the staircase and the studs. Then we put a door on the bottom shelves so we could hide the DVDs and other storage. We painted it the same colors as the trim and BAM-we had a built in. Here it is in all its glory.

Whats the best part? We only spent around $75.00 on the project- for the frames and shelving. Here's a wider shot so you can tell exactly where it is.

It is completely out of the way so it doesn't take up any of our coveted floor space and it also keeps all the media organized and accessible. Here is an inside shot of the built in cabinet.

This holds all of our DVDs and other random media equipment. I wish this was a more organized shot but we can just label it a "keeping it real" photo. As for the TV, well it is hanging proudly above the fireplace. (yes- thats The Biggest Loser. I love that show!)

You can't tell from this picture but there are two wire hiders hanging from the ceiling. Barely noticeable. I was so proud that we were able to all pull this off...especially before the party.

Do you have any projects that you are proud of? Any that feel like they should have been there all along?

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