Wednesday, December 05, 2012

In Which I Eat My Words

I mentioned that my sister had organized our whole family to give Brian a gift card for a flat screen TV for his birthday (and Christmas). Neither of us have ever purchased a TV before, we've always used hand-me-downs until there was a weird line across the screen or the volume didn't work. Then...on to the next hand-me-down.

So Brian found a model that was being discontinued but had all the features he was wanting. He had to drive 30 minutes to get one left in stock, but it was marked down on clearance and ended up being almost entirely covered by the gift card. He is really, really excited.

Several weeks ago, we had put our entertainment center up on craigslist, even though we didn't have much hope in being able to sell it. These things are a dime a dozen on craigslist, because everyone is getting flat screens and don't need these enormous (and SO heavy!) pieces of furniture. We kept lowering the price, but we couldn't even give it away.

You wouldn't believe how huge and heavy the TV and entertainment center were. It took a dolly and THREE men to move it out.

Brian had mentioned a couple of times the possibility of sawing off the top of the entertainment center and just using the bottom part for DVDs and the DVR. I literally laughed at him. Said it was ridiculous. No. Laughed some more. Told my friends and my sister and we all got a good laugh.

But after we couldn't get rid of it, he said, "If I'm just going to put it on the curb for trash anyway, and then we'll have to shell out some cash for a new piece of furniture to put under the new TV, what's the harm in letting me try to saw off the top?" So I snickered a little and said, "Okay...give it a try."

This is the part where I eat my words. It took him about 6 hours, but it looks perfect. Like we could have bought it at the store this way.


So he is really happy with the new set up, and I have to admit that I am impressed with it as well. The new TV makes a big difference in picture quality and opens up the room more. Thanks to everyone who made it happen!

1 comment:

bluedaisy said...

This looks great and I love that you re-purposed an item. I like how the flat screen looks with the solid piece of furniture underneath. Often, I think that flat screens have an awesome picture quality but look awkward in the room. Not the case with yours!! So glad it worked out :)