2.01.2010

What to do with 21st century technology in a 18th century decor

We finally bit the bullet and got ourselves a flat screen TV.  We've had a beast of a set for years now, and I was just sick and tired of trying to find an appropriate spot for it.  The color was kinda going on it too, so we saved our nickels and dimes and got the flat screen for Christmas.  We also bought a PS3, which also functions as our DVD player.  

Can I just say that I hate cords?  Thanks.

Here's my solution to hiding the stuff.
 

I've had this little side table since I was a little girl.  The PS3 fits almost perfectly in that lower shelf.  But not the *&#^((*$ cord.


So.  I let hubby cut a hole in the back.  It was hard to hear that saw doing its work, let me tell you.  But it helps make the whole 18th century 'entertainment center' work.


Yeah, it's quirky.  I don't care.  I'm quirky.  Here's the whole thing (haven't froufied the whole area yet, but that's the story of my life.)


The dresser is wicked old too, and was in my bedroom growing up as well.  So now the two pieces are back together again. Ain't that sweet. We store all the DVDs in the drawers.
So my 'entertainment center' sorta-kinda fits with the rest of my decor.  Sorta-kinda.

Linking to:
Saturday Nite Special
 

27 comments:

luciwallis said...

The cords drive me crazy. I love the dresser and I think the pairs looks great together!
Bristol

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Looks like a fabulous solution. I love both pieces. All that stuff is so hard to organize and you've found a great solution. Hugs, Marty

Lee Laurie said...

I think it looks great and its so good that they are back together again. Beautiful.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Claudia said...

I had to come up with something for ours, too. Found an old cabinet at auction for $5.00 and it houses the DVD player, the cable box, the VCR and lots of DVDs. We do what we can!

xo
Claudia

Mimi said...

Great solution that didn't cost a dime. We have our flat-screen on an antique dresser, also. You can't see the cords, either!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

I love the dresser...I really like the combining of high tech and rustic. The "entertainment center" is a great solution!{There's always wood fill}:)

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Perfect solution. Things with character going up against high tech!
Cindy at Lakewood

Marla at Always Nesting said...

I think the furniture looks wonderful together, like an old married couple with lots of shared love and experiences between them.

Being one of your newer followers I may be taking a risk saying this *LOL*, I think some furniture has such a history that it's like having family around. Like with family, we just accept the beauty and ignore the blemishes.

Pacific Northwest Cottage said...

I believe it was hard to hear hubby cut into that great piece of furniture, but it was worth it, it looks great! We too have always had such a hard time with "what do we do" with our DVD player, Wii, and stereo system, yet being able to hide cords and still make the house look nice. I haven't found a great way yet that works with our system, still looking. :)

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Looks great! It is nice to see you are still using the furniture from childhood! You gotta remember, that furniture was made to last, not like what they make today! Have a wonderful day!

~ RM said...

Yes, I know how you feel...
What's worse (or more challenging I should say) is that we don't have cable or dvd players.. We have a computer tower in our living room. We hulu and netflix everything we watch, so I have to find some way to hide (and vent) a huge computer tower. UGh.... I hope a buffet or credenza will do the trick...

The Lil Missus said...

It looks GREAT!!! I think you did really well!

Splendid Little Stars said...

it turned out great! I posted about your Make it for Monday meme on my blog! http://splendidlittlestars.blogspot.com/2010/01/more-memes.html
See it HERE

american girl primitives said...

Great idea! I am trying to find a solution for my kids gaming stuff etc. It's not easy hiding a full size guitar though. LOL!

Carey

The White Farmhouse said...

Very cool little side table! My "entertainment center" is so sad. I don't even want to show it. I love your set up though.

Mama Byrd said...

OMG I suffer from cord anxiety too. SO much that I made hubby mount the TVs and buy the wall cord covers that can be painted so they mathc the walls. his man room is still a mess but the bedroom and LR are cord free. Table = LOVE IT

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

it works, it works. Okay, this spring I really have to redo my childhood dresser and nightstand. They're painted . . . and painted . . . and, you get it. So the whole strippin' thing, yuk. But maybe I can coerce Hubs.
You've inspired me - again. I want my kiddie stuff to look cute in my house, too.
btw, thanks for hosting again!

Rustique Gallery said...

These pieces are so sweet and they do the job. My Aunt Esther always said stick to the classics, they will last forever!
Sherry

Rue said...

Hi Cindy :)

I would have had a hard time listening to that too! LOL It's the perfect solution though :)

Now, I have some catching up to do on your blog. I haven't visited anyone in over a week.. bad bad bad ;)

rue

vintage simple said...

Ah, yes, cords. I hate them, too. With a passion. You've come up with such a clever idea here...

And can I just say how much I love your dresser? I love it. It's all looking perfectly lovely, dear.

xoxo,
-maria

Heather@ theherberfamily.blogspot.com said...

Last year, I let hubby buy a massive TV. I hate how big it is, he loves it. To go with it, we bought a Better Homes & Garden tv stand. Here it is, not quite a year later, and it's falling apart.

I'm hoping to do something similar to you- I want to find a dresser of some sort for the TV, and a table for the video game paraphernalia.

Please feel free to stop by the Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family link party, and add your weekly craft links!

It's found at theherberfamily.blogspot.com

Paula Grace Designs said...
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Paula Grace Designs said...

Yes, I was saying that I noticed my spelling was awful on the last comment so I thought I'd try again!

How awesome is this project. The pieces are beautiful and full of memories. I can imagine how it hurt to hear the saw ~ OUCH! I love repurposing. It is as eco-freindly as you can get and that will always be classic ~ ALWAYS!

Thanks for joining Timeless Tuesday!

Paula Grace ~

Low Tide High Style said...

They both look wonderful and what a great use for your little side table! And I'm a fellow cord hater too!

Kat :)

Corn in My Coffee Pot said...

I think it looks great. I like the two pieces together. And for you...they just belong together don't they?
Who knew modern technology would bring two *wicked old* pieces side by side again.

thanks for sharing!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I can't stand cords either. Don't they just drive you insane.

Cheri

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What a interesting little table. I don't think I have ever seen one like it. You've used it in a very clever way and I love the dresser under the TV as well.

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