We've been in this house for 3 & 1/2 years. I've been bugged for a flat screen tv for 3 & 1/2 years. I've said no for 3 & 1/2 years. Finally, caving in to the smelly people in the house (i.e. the two men), I said, FINE, but I get a new entertainment center to put it in.
We went to IKEA to look. After two visits, we decided on the one we wanted, and then BAM, we got a refund check from Bank of America, which paid for the whole thing!
As it was being erected, I started with the buyer's remorse of my last post. It was too big. It did not have the shelving the way I really envisioned. The bottom storage was cabinets, not drawers. David was stunned. I picked it and then I disliked it. Go figure.
Here is the old entertainment center.
Compared to the length of that wall, it's tiny. In our old house, it was HUGE. We didn't have a family room then. Just a combined living/dining room in our 1200 sq. foot home.
I didn't like seeing all the mess underneath. Video game systems, video games, dvds, VHS tapes. Too much!
Here is the new unit, with the new tv. *sigh* It's a monster. Also, I'm still arranging things on it, so it's still not how I want it, but the best thing it, everything is hidden (the boys were trying out the PS3 and the Wii on the new tv, which is why they are both on the floor).
The purple polka dot box is for Isabel's coloring books, markers, crayons, etc. She likes to draw or work on workbooks while watching tv. Now, it's all tucked away when she is not using them.
Eventually, I'll fill up the very small shelving on the top (maybe I'll remove a shelf to make it bigger and add some pretty decor.)