I ordered a new television recently (see HD 2.0) and, of course, didn’t think I’d be satisfied with just sitting it on a stand.
I was thinking it’d be good to just mount it on the wall with a mounting frame, but wiring (especially after new insulation) might present a few challenges. And Christy didn’t want any big holes in the wall.
In our many trips to IKEA we took note of the cool media cabinet configurations they had, so we thought maybe we could just get a new stand and mount it to that. That’d be a lot easier than drilling holes, routing electrical wires, and attaching a recessed box for a wall-mount, right?
Actually, this project was probably one of the biggest things we’ve underestimated. We should have known when a guy at Ikea commented on our car-loads of Ikea boxes with, “It took me two weeks to assemble some of their closets. Good luck!”
What we thought would be a weekend project turned into about 3-4 weeks of daily tweaks and finagling.
We should have first realized this when just figuring out what to buy (what would fit in the room) required a Google Sketchup of the place.
In our remodeling frenzy, we decided to start attacking the master bedroom.
We are throwing around a lot of ideas here, and have some big ideas for more major renovations but for now just want to take care of some of the essentials.
1. Repainting over that army / commando color scheme
2. New bedroom furniture
3. Putting up more modern curtains
Surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of pictures of our master bedroom before we started the painting phase.
But to give you an idea of what we were working with, here’s some shots of the bedroom from our viewing with the realtor…
We had a unfinished door in our living room that leads to the backyard.
It’s one of the first things you see as you walk in our living room, so we wanted to give it more of a statement and tie in with the rest of the black/white motif in the living area.
Here’s what we started with…
After our new Herman Miller chairs arrived (custom order from smartfurniture.com) and we got our message painting in place the office was finally complete.
Here’s some pics of the finished project…
So we knew we needed a little something in our office, decoration-wise, to give it that finishing touch.
I’d been seeing a lot of message type paintings through my reading of modern design blogs and magazines, and thought doing something simple like that would provide the right impact…
But what would we say?