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You Can Hang Your Hat On It

Hello and happy Monday!  Well, as happy as a Monday can be.  How was your weekend?  Saturday brought beautiful weather with temps in the low sixties.  A touch of spring that I’m desperately clinging to.  Yesterday started out nice, but ended with a snow storm complete with thunder and lightning.  Never have I witnessed a snow/thunder storm combo.  We took advantage of the nice weather and ran errands and grabbed lunch on Saturday.  Which is always a treat.  And we made a little tweak to the entertainment center.  But let me back up, several weeks ago, Ben put in all the drawers.  Then I primed and painted the inside and outsides.


Last weekend he attached the drawer fronts using this technique.


After some debate and opinion gathering, we chose handle option number 1, the simple (cheapest) square ended one.


My favorite and so pretty.  After all, hardware is jewelry for a room.


As usual, our projects are never in the quick one week and done style.  Oh no, we like to drag it out, because what else would we want to do?  Pshh, that’s totally it.  That means we still have a few things to do.  Number one, cut pieces for the toe kick, prime, and paint.  The only wood accent I want is the pretty top, not unfinished pine.


Annnnd I still want doors on the upper cabinets.  We don’t have a lot of clutter there, but the bounty of speakers and electronics doesn’t look pretty.  Doors would also help cut down the amount of dust.


For now, I grin like a fool when I see finished drawer fronts with functional storage behind.  The boys now have a place to keep toys.


The top drawer closest to the stairs is super handy to store hats and gloves (and other randoms like plastic pea pods) that normally get lost in the closet.


And that brings us to this weekend’s little tweak.


We hung the tv to the back wall, making it easier to clean under.


In addition to showing off more of the dark wood top.  What do you think of the nearly finished entertainment center?  Tall, dark, and handsome, right?  Of course that’s about the only thing that is done in the living room.  Now I want to repaint the walls with a little color (notice the blue swatches?) in a flat paint.  Satin is entirely too glossy on the knock down texture.

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  1. Very nice. How are you going to hide all of those cords?

  2. Jackie

     /  March 4, 2013

    I think it looks great!!

  3. I think it is BEAUTIFUL. Gorgeous, lovely, and totally covetable (I know that isn’t a word, but I”m using it anyway). I would paint the crown at the top of the towers the color of the unit.

    • Hi Lori!

      Aww, thanks so much for your sweet compliments! When we add crown to the rest of the room the white should make better sense. If it doesn’t, we’ll paint it to match the entertainment center. Only time will tell. Haha.


  4. Love it!!! That wood is so beautiful. It’s going to be awesome once it’s done! Now in the true fashion of a complete color lover, please please please tell me plan to punch up the back of the open shelves just a smidge more? It looks great as is, but I’m rooting for something a bit bolder. Can’t wait to see it all done:)

    • Hi Shavonda!

      You’re so nice! The backs of the shelves gets a little muted in pictures and they will be hidden by doors once we get to that point. And I’m too lazy to take everything off the shelves to paint the backs. :)


  5. Sarah-Nadine

     /  March 4, 2013

    Absolutely stunning and beautiful. I love everything about it and can’t wait to see the finished product. Makes me want to have built ins :-)

  6. I love the entertainment center. Beautiful. However, You can not use flat paint on walls. Well… you can but I strongly advise against it. Try eggshell.

    • I am also on team egg shell.

      • P.s. this looks great! -Sarah

      • Hey Stpaulhaus!

        I’m usually not a flat paint person, but lots of sunlight + knockdown texture = crazy leopard looking walls. Textured walls aren’t my first choice, and the satin paint is making it waaaay more obvious. I won’t be painting for a while, so please share your experiences! :)


    • Hi Kristi!

      Thanks, lady! I’ve never used flat paint on walls (because we have kids) so I’m apprehensive. The benefit of using flat is not having to worry about sheen matches, so in theory I can easily touch up any damaged spots. I’m not painting any time soon, so please share your experiences with me, positive or negative. :)


  7. Janet S.

     /  March 5, 2013

    I love the entertainment center. I agree that the crown molding on the top and sides should be painted to match the entertainment center. Try it in photo shop and see. I like the toe kick area in a wood tone if you can find a nice piece of wood to trim it out. The wood balances the counter top which is so perfecto!

    I tried to search the blog for the paint color you used and couldn’t find it. Also, what sort of wood did you use for the counter top? It looks lovely.

    Great job. I love the way you have upgraded your house.

    • Hey Janet!

      Thanks so much! I’ll give it a try in Photoshop to see what we think- great suggestion! We will add white crown to the rest of the room, so it might make more sense then. If it doesn’t, I’ll happily paint the crown to match.

      The color we used for the entertainment center is Dusty Mountain by Behr, color matched to Glidden (http://wp.me/pVocv-2wk) Love this color and Squirrel (one shade lighter) that we used on our interior doors (http://wp.me/pVocv-2Ox). :) The wood is a piece left over from our previous kitchen remodel (http://wp.me/pVocv-20A). It’s Bubinga, or African Rosewood.

      Thanks again!

  8. Bonita

     /  March 5, 2013

    I love the cabinets!!! You guys do so good at building them. I would love them in my kitchen!

  9. Those cabinets look fabulous! I absolutely love them! And you chose a gorgeous color!

  10. Carolyn

     /  March 6, 2013

    Looks great! Flat wall paint is my favorite … love the softness of it and I don’t like a sheen on my walls. ;)

  11. pschr

     /  March 8, 2013

    I have been looking for a diy profject like this. Thank you for the inspiration. BTW, love the video too!

  12. Really like the look of the entertainment center. It’s my favorite project in your home so far. :)

  13. LOVE IT! The drawer fronts look amazing – nice choice on the hardware, too :)


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