Sunday, October 2, 2016

The BIG project: Entertainment Center

**So I haven't posted anything in a while, and I realized today I owe you this post.**

Let's start at the beginning...

So my husband....light of my a project starter.  He loves to start projects around the house but that doesn't mean he likes finishing them. For example we've lived in this house for 6 years and he hasn't completed putting up all the trim.  **Insert unhappy wife face here**  But I've come to love him anyway :)  One of his biggest projects lately has been the entertainment center.  On Thanksgiving 2014 he tried to convince me he could start and finish it before we had the family over for Christmas Day.  Luckily I saw through his good intentions and stopped that from happening.  So he started it in January 2015...And finished this in February 2016.   Sheesh.   It's hard to complain because it looks so freaking good.  (prepare yourself for a photo dump)

 Can you believe we didn't think to take a before picture?  I could only find this one.
  Here's what the room looked like before we moved in furniture or put down a rug.

We didn't have an entertainment center, we just used an old sofa table.  Talk about wires everywhere.  So we searched around (meaning we went to Ikea and searched Pintrest) and just couldn't find an entertainment center we liked which is why when Adam found the following picture in The Family Handyman magazine we both fell in love.

Ah the source of our inspiration and also the source of all the fights in our house in 2015.

Throughout the process of building this Adam liked to remind me that I'm the one who told him we should build this.  Which is true, but if he hadn't also liked it he never would have agreed to it.  First things first, he removed one of the only pieces of trim that was actually up to make room for the giant structure, cue crying wife.  Then he created the giant structure.  It then sat in the living room for months before anymore work was done on it.  Then it took forever to decide on the lights we wanted to use, and finally Adam wired them up to make sure we liked the look of them.

Here are some of the "in process" photos.
The beginning of the gigantic frame. (you can see our little sofa table next to the couch)
(oh darling, the time stamp on this pic was 1/17/2015)

As you can see the lights are in and some temporary pieces of drywall are up to give us the first look at what the finished project might look like.  Oh and this is the view from the front door...needless to say we didn't have many people over in 2015. (poor Pepper's wondering when the chaos will end)

A closer look at those first few pieces of drywall.

Adam bought this T.V. bracket online and he keeps raving about it.  It was particularly useful during the build.  It comes out from the wall 22 inches and also swivels.  Also at this time Adam anchored the wooden structure to the wall.

During his vacation week in September Adam got all the drywall up.  His habit of turning on the lights every time he comes into this room, started this week.  (I'll let you know if he ever stops)  This picture is so misleading, because believe me at this point I thought we were almost done.
Little did I know how long it would take to mud and sand all of these corners.
Next came little metal thingys on the corners.  I'm told are called Metal Beads.  Then the mudding began starting with all the screw holes.
And then the tarp went up.
Then came the sanding...oh the sanding!  Drywall dust is the worst!  It felt like it would never end.
For months the tarp was up...I had to re-visit this post to even remember what it looked like behind there.
Finally the tarp came down and all the sanding, and mudding, and re-sanding was finished.
Thank you Lord, the light at the end of the tunnel.
(Thought I'd show at least one photo of Adam working, so you didn't get the idea elves came in and did all the work).
And then all the cleaning began.  This is the point where I spent a forever cleaning the entire house of copious amounts of drywall dust.  Believe me it's a nightmare.

Then it was painting time!
The first layer of paint--primer.
To be honest as hard as Adam has worked on this I was glad to be able to help at this point.

We chose to paint the shelves the same color as the surrounding room (Behr: Light Beige).  Then we taped off each little cube and painted the back wall the accent color that took us forever to pick out.  I'm pretty sure we have at least 10 paint samples that didn't make the cut, before we picked this. (Valspar: Navy Blue).

The middle row of cubbies was tall enough that we had glass shelves custom cut to break up the space.  We're constantly rearranging nick nacks and mementos but here's the final project to date.
I'll do another post someday talking about all the little things we have in the cubbies.  For now the piece de resistance is the antique card catalog (featured Top Center) we found at an auction.  Adam is planning on making crates for toys (for nieces and nephews), to fill the bottom row.  Also we're working on putting shelves behind the t.v. to hide our movies and Wii games.

Well there it is, we survived another home renovation.  We're both still living and our marriage is's a miracle! :)  There are a million reasons I love this entertainment center but the one that comes to mind right now is that we've made our cookie cutter house look a little more custom built.

To my darling husband.  Thank you.  It might have taken long, but it was worth the wait.  I am glad to be able to share your handy work with the world.  I'm proud of you and this masterpiece you've created.  I'm so blessed to have you in my life.  

God Bless-

p.s. Adam's thoughts on ever doing this again...he wouldn't drywall it.  He said he would just build the whole thing out of wood and paint it, and it would take a fraction of the time.  Keep that in mind if it's something you might want to do.

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