Over the last few months, we’ve been working on remodeling and furnishing our living room. Our most recent project was to cover those unsightly cords from my big living room compromise – the big flat screen tv. The last several years, we’ve had a mere 32″ flat screen. I loved it, because while functional, it wasn’t noticeable in the space. Friends convinced me that for all my husband does for me and our family, I could hardly keep him from his dream of a large tv. 50″ later, it was hanging over our fireplace, you know, the one we removed the mantel from last year. While it’s now the focal point of our room, I’m doing all I can to minimize it – starting with creating a mantel to hide the cords.
One of the reasons I gravitated to our home to begin with, was all of the beautiful moulding in the living room. I found shelves at Target that mimicked it in white. I thought, why not? We had thought about matching the mantel to the woodwork, going with a rustic mantel, etc, but in the end, decided we didn’t want to place our television as high as a mantel needs to be, because frankly, it would create a neck strain.
Anyways, the crown moulding shelves work because they’re hollow inside, allowing the cords to be strung through them. Oh, and they nicely cover the two random bricks that stick out on our fireplace.