Now that all of you are familiar with my vision for my living room, I can’t wait to share my all time favorite DIY project! But before I dive into it, here’s the original TV area that I was working with (sorry for the blurriness, this was pre-good camera):
While trying to figure out what I was going to do to spice this area up, I knew there were a few things that were must-haves:
1. The TV needed to be elevated to be at a more comfortable eye level and to flow with the height of the bookshelves that were against the wall to the right.
2. I wanted to be able to hide all my TV components and wires for a streamlined look.
3. And my golden rule for all my decorating projects – there had to be a punch of color.
I began by scouring Craigslist to find a credenza that would meet this criteria and still be really cheap. It took me weeks to find something that worked since most of the pieces I came across didn’t allow for easy access to the components I wanted to store inside but I finally found an old beat-up dresser for the grand total of $60. Yup, $60.
And, with a few hacks and new touches, here’s what I created:
I decided to use the more saturated blue from my living room color scheme, especially against the soft blue of my walls. To keep it from feeling too cool, I used brass hardware, a combination of sleek drawer pulls from knobs4less and the bohemian look of mother of pearl and gold cabinet knobs from Anthropologie.
With so much surface area, I wanted to add a few accessories on both sides of the TV to keep the big black box from being the primary focus. I already owned the blue vase and black and white jar so to make it feel like more of a collection, I added in the tall antiqued silver cylinder vase from West Elm. I liked the combination of heights and shapes and the eclectic feel of mixing silver with the brass hardware.
On the other side, I wanted to continue to add some warmth to the blue credenza so I chose a wooden lamp with golden tones from World Market. I paired the lamp with a vintage number card I picked up at a local antique store to juxtapose against the crisp newness of the white shade.
When I originally bought the dresser, the middle cabinet had three drawers within it. I decided to leave the top one in there to house all my remotes but I removed the bottom two and replaced them with flat pieces of plywood to put my cable boxes on. I drilled a couple holes into the back of the dresser to keep the wires tidy and voila I had a media set-up that that I’m proud of!