Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Way to a Man's Heart...

is NOT Through is Stomach! Let's put that old theory to bed right now. Trust me Ladies, the way to a Man's Heart is through his... TV. Specifically his flat screen LCD model, which Kenny has been clamoring for for quite some time. Luckily I already have him in my Clutches so I was able to stave him off by telling him he could get one, WHEN (and IF!) I found the right piece of furniture to house it. He seemed satisfied with my excuse and I promptly forgot all about my promise until I stumbled upon THIS piece of furniture at Salvage Chic:

The key to converting a piece like this into a TV stand is it has to have the dust liners under the drawers so you can take the drawers out and house your cable box/DVD player etc. on the 'shelves'. My first step was to remove the bottom 2 drawers and spray paint the inside in a color of close proximity to the chocolate brown color of the piece. Then I had Kenny drill some holes in the back for ventilation:

By then he had already dismantled our old setup (insert horrifying Psycho stab sounds) and unearthed THIS mess of wiring:

The old TV cabinet from Target was put out to pasture or rather, the curb (HEY, we all make Poor Design Choices from time to time...)

Next I was bound, gagged and blindfolded and taken to Best Buy, where I don't really remember what happened but I suspect I racked up serious mileage points on my MBNA Mastercard.

A few hours later the New Technology was in place and Kenny was happily enjoying the Red Sox Game while his Trusty Assistants gave new meaning to the words "Dog-Tired".

I, of course, had seized the opportunity to completely re-arrange the living room and was unable to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor, because my dining room table now looked like The Place Where Old Technology & Random Accessories go to Die!

SIGH. Luckily I knew JUST the place to get the last few finishing touches I needed; so after sleeping on it, I came home from the shop today with the tall French Windows I stole from Jack (shhh, he's on vacation, I'll just Blog a lot this week and he'll never read this post.) I tried to shoot the photos in panoramic fashion so you get a sense of the room; it's really an odd configuration because someone knocked a wall down at one point leaving a large but L-shaped room I've never been happy with the flow of. Fireplaces are cool to have, but only on HGTV are they the Focal point of the room; in real life, it's YOU GUESSED IT - the TV! And I have to say, I could tell my non-Antiquer friends I got the TV stand at Crate & Barrel and they'd TOTALLY believe me; of course, I'll proudly brag it's from Salvage Chic!! And even better, aside from the TV & the rug, I think almost everything in the room was bought second-hand... Now THAT's Salvage Chic!


sandbe3 said...

You "BOTH" did an awesome job, and I loved reading the recap!

svelteSTUFF said...

LIKE the ad you captured on TV!! - I'm sure you needed a couple to endure this venture!!

Anonymous said...

Saw the tv cabinet curb side and my first thought was, doesn't look like Christine's style of chic....
wonder what piece she found to replace it . . . and now I read the blog wondering no longer ... fun to watch the piece change and become newly functional

must ask, was the commercial on the t.v. planned?

Salvage Chick's Blog said...

actually it WASN'T planned, I thought I was taking a shot of the Sox game and then when I loaded the pic on my PC saw the Amstel ad; kinda fitting! Kenny loves his Amstels.

Anonymous said...

I had my eye on that brown dresser but just didn't have any place to put it. :( I'm glad it found a nice home with you, and you really turned it into a great media cabinet.

I also drove past your old cabinet and chuckled when I saw it. What I want to know is did someone scoop it up? :)


P.S. The black gate leg table finally went. I was sad and happy when I saw that. Sad that I couldn't use it, and happy that someone got a really nice piece.