What you might not know is that we also take a part of the budget and set it aside for a "splurge" item or two. We live very frugally during the year - we don't eat out a whole lot or go to the movies, we find "free" things to do like visit the plantations and other historical sites in our state (or almost free). Living this way allows us to not feel guilty when we go on our splurge trip.
I almost didn't post about this years splurge - in the face of the struggle so many are having this year, it felt kind of wrong to splurge and it felt kind of wrong to brag about it on the blog, but in the end, this is a farmhouse blog about those things that we do to and for the house......
All the components are inside the cupboard-we simply open the cabinets when we watch T.V. usually only in the evenings. We're going to build a platform, painted glossy black, to raise the T.V. to hide the hole that used to house the mirror - then secure the T.V. to the wall for additional safety from the rompings of 3 labs, a tripod, neices and various friends of our 13 year old.....at the moment, the room is off limits to normally allowed romping!
This is our first ever flat screen T.V.....it replaces one of those fat things that required a huge footprint because of the size of the entertainment center that housed it. And that is a cr. 1900 sideboard with a much smaller footprint then the old pressed board, fat, entertainment center that used to live there and house that fat old T.V. (which T.V. included a speaker squeal for the last 9 months or so - we would turn it on and then leave the room or plug our ears until the squeal went away - that was always fun~~)
Fat Old T.V. and Pressboard Ent. Ctr.
Our living room furniture was way too modern when we moved here five years ago - not only too modern, it was over sized and never fit quite right in our long narrow room. Our second year here, the living room was pretty much gutted and redone - but that old furniture had to wait to find a new home....it all went right back into the renovated room - and looked even more wrong then it had before
Our third year here was the year we splurged on new furniture - but that fat old T.V. and Entertainment Center remained....modern and not right. Why? Because I didn't know what I wanted in there. So we waited....for two more years while I browsed magazines and Internet photos hoping to find the perfect fit for our old house. And then came that squeal. And I knew that it was time to make a decision.
I knew that when we replaced that fat old T.V. it would be with a flat screen and probably a huge flat screen ( David and I argued over the size for months - he wanted huge and I wanted, well, not huge). I also knew that I didn't want folks walking into that living room that took so much of our time and energy to make beautiful saying "wow, a T.V." - instead of "wow, what an inviting room". That sideboard idea would work beautifully.....it would be the focal point, not the T.V.!
Three weekends back, we headed out to the antique store and got that sideboard, took it home, measured it to determine what size T.V. we needed to get and then headed back out to find the perfect T.V....and price. And luckily, the only modification to the sideboard that ended up being done was removal of the beveled glass mirror (which will be framed and hung in the downstairs bathroom) and loosening a slat in the back to allow the cords to come through....all modifications easily put back to their original state if in the future, we decide to use that sideboard for its original purpose (as a dining room piece).
Five Years On - Living Room Complete!