Sunday, September 25, 2011

Where'd The TV Go?

A month ago we took the tv out of the niche in the Family Room and now the niche looks like this:

Our oldest daughter (who moved to SoCal this past May & is 19), left me this comment:

Where'd the TV go! :(


I got a kick out of that, especially because of the sad face. 

Guess she thought the house would stay the same forever. In a conversation later that same week she asked if I had done anything with her old room. I answered her with the question: "why, are you moving back home?" LOL. I already knew the answer to that :(
She's having way too much fun out in SoCal.

Back to the tv situation...Remember we found another matching armoire on Craigslist and put the two armoires on either side of the fireplace...

The Family Room now looks like this:
The tv, stereo, etc., are in the left armoire and the right one holds books, pillows and blankets. Oh, how I LOVE all the storage since our house is short on closets in the main areas on the first floor.

Well, here's where the TV went.

But, the TV isn't just set in there on a shelf because you wouldn't be able to see it very well if you were sitting on the sofa, so Mr. Fanatic installed a swivel TV roll out shelf.
 We ordered a swivel roll out made for tv's. Only, you can't just put the tv on the swivel rollout because it would fall out without being attached to something. They sell a special  mount to attach to the roll out, but we didn't want to spend the $150+ on it, so Mr. F. made the tv attachment himself for about 20 bucks with some unistrut. The swivel was $19.99. 
Here's what the swivel roll out shelf with the tv bracket looks like without the tv attached:

He attached some of the unistrut to the back of the tv. Then they were attached to the horizontal bracket that's in the armoire.

This is what it looks like now:

This new arrangement is so wonderful because the tv can be hidden when not in use and I have a mantel to decorate!
I couldn't be happier.
So glad I have a husband who can fix or make just about anything : )
Where do you keep your tv? Do you keep it hidden or is it the focal point of the room it's in?



  1. Looks great, Pam and functional too! Wonderful job!

  2. Very good idea, Pam...I like the niche, and I am in love with your gorgeous window!!


  3. We've been putting off buying a flat screen TV for our similar TV cabinet for the same reason. I will have to bookmark this and remember it when I buy a new TV. (Why buy a new one when the other works fine!)
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  4. Great job Pam! I love the mantel and love how you can put the tv away and have a beautiful sitting area.

    Have a great week!

  5. Yep, handy hubbies are the BEST! And how lucky were you to find the exact same armoire! It looks great!

  6. That was a genius idea Pam! Looks much better than a TV there.

  7. I just love what you've done with the niche. I think TV's should be behind closed doors, now my husband thinks differently. Your family room is gorgeous.
    Marianne :)

  8. That is brilliant!! Now, I need to see how you decorate your mantle for fall. Chop chop woman! :-)

  9. What a beautiful solution to the TV storage problem. The room looks very nice and cozy. How lucky you were to find a matching armoire. I like the pretty wall color, also.--------Shannon

  10. Looks wonderful having the two pieces and GREAT that the TV has a home out of sight!!!

  11. Great job! We hid our TV too and I love it. We had to get pretty creative since we don't have an armoire or anything. Here's the link to what we did:

  12. Oh I just love your niche and armoire! I hope you will add your lovely metamorphosis to my Fall in Love linky party on Wednesday.

    Until then, stop by and see the under $20 makeover I gave an ugly brass light fixture.

    Happy Monday!

  13. Lovely way to store your tv and other tekkie things :) the armors look great and great solution too for storage dilemmas.

  14. Smart idea to have the tv on the swivel.I don't care if every design magazine in the universe says that we should mount our tv above the fireplace I like mine hidden. They aren't attractive, why keep them out.

  15. It's way better to have a mantel and a niche to decorate instead of having a tv as center stage! I never got why people wanted to strain their necks to look up at a tv above the fireplace! ouch... Your hubs put on his thinking cap for that one! Here from Susan's party. ~ Sue

  16. Our TV is in a built in cabinet next to our fireplace. I know the big thing now is to mount them above the fireplace but I've never been a fan of that. I know you love having another place to decorate now!!

  17. I love the pretty vignette in your niche...the finials and the candle holder looks beautiful with the black wrought iron wall art at the back. Using the swivel stand for your TV was a brilliant idea! Your family room looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing and for your sweet comment on my hydrangeas. Have a wonderful evening!~Poppy


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