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Our Living Room: New TV Stand, Décor and More…

Posted on October 25, 2015 by KylieMawdsley


Our 8 Foot Long TV Stand – Because Bigger IS Better

Related post:  Our Modern Farmhouse Style Dining Room

I didn’t know what to title this blog post.   I changed it about 5 times before I decided on,‘The biggest bad-ass TV stand you’ve evah seen!  Okay, so that might have been the wine talking (the truth) and so to pass Moms editing I said something bland about living room, decor, blah blah blah.  BUT, you’re still reading, aren’t you…

That’s right, you want to see it – I know you do…

The Beginning

Here’s how the living room looked when we bought our house.  If you like red then I’m sure you would’ve appreciated this room more than I did.

living room before

Its not like it was bad, it just wasn’t good.  These were my main complaints…

  • The couches were approx. 5′ apart and the room felt jammed with heavy, dark furniture
  • The paint colours didn’t make sense with the stone on the fireplace
  • The ceiling felt low because of the horizontal brown stripe (which was REALLY fun to sand down), the flat part around the ceiling that was also painted brown and the drapery rod which was mounted right above the window trim
  • The mantle was great but the vertical supports were actually just 1×5 fir boards that were precariously toenailed in place

And Now…

I talked with Old Kranky (no, not Tim) who is a fabulous local furniture maker and asked him to build me an 8′ long buffet style unit that I could put a TV on.  I gave him my drawings, batted my eyelashes and 6 weeks later…voila!

Living room with corner stone fireplace, custom tv cabinet, furniture layout and Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream. South facing room

Custom TV cabinet painted Cloud White with photo gallery. Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream on walls

It might not look it in this photo, but this bad boy is 8′ glorious feet long and in the words of the great Goldilocks – it’s juuuust right. I chose Benjamin Moore Cloud White so that it would match my kitchen cabinets which are being painted next month (Btw, don’t tell Tim) and because I have an Open Layout, I want most of the whites consistent.

You might think that 8′ sounds long.  But when you have a long wall it is okay to put something proportional on it – in fact it’s ideal.  Every other TV stand/buffet that I looked at was approx 60-78″ long and not exactly what I was looking for.  The height is 33″ which is great for TV viewing and the 17″ depth is just enough to accommodate the cable box/cords without being TOO deep.

The interior, back and skeleton are all solid wood and solid good.  With 3 drawers and soft-close cupboard doors, its everything I wanted in a TV cabinet and more (but will it fit a wine keg?).

Before and After

living room before

South facing living room with stone corner fireplace, furniture, home decor and custom tv stand

Before, the colour palette didn’t complement the colour of the fireplace stones and now, the fireplace feels like a natural part of the room.  I chose Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream for the walls (my go-to heavy cream). windy poplars viewing 027

Living room layout with 2 chairs, family photo gallery above TV cabinet and home decor that has reclaimed wood

As you can see the ‘before’ photo above, the previous owner put the TV on the end wall which gave this already narrow space, a bowling alley effect.  By rounding the room out with furniture and placing the TV in the center, the room is more inviting and well-balanced EVEN WITH a corner fireplace (they are always a bugger).

Family photo gallery wall beside the TV. Home Decor and Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream walls

And check out this bad boy.  Along with the sofa table on the other end of the room, this beauty was made by Christian of Driftwood Designs – it’s an old factory girder that is now my new side table!

Rustic reclaimed wood side table made from factory girder with stone fireplace gray area rug and home decor

So there you have it!  While our home is a revolving door of furniture, I think this piece is going to stay around for a while!
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  1. hi – i’m looking for color consult for a new build. I need to choose 4 colors for an open floor plan.
    What would you charge for something like this? thank you. Pat

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  2. I see you have used Cloud White on your cabinets. What white did you use on your trim? I am also going to paint my Maple cupboards Cloud White and we are taking out a wall to make it open concept.

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  3. I’m going through some of your old posts. Thank you for so many details! I would love to see you have a source section at the end of posts. Cabinet hardware, rugs, lighting, etc. Just a suggestion.

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      Hi Stacy, that is SUCH a good idea. It’s a bit tough locally for furniture as most of my clients are in the US and I’m in Canada. I end up doing a lot of my shopping at Home Sense, which is unpredictable for products or Urban Barn (which is only in Canada). But for everything else, I should start including the links – thank you!

  4. Is the wall color BM – Gentle Cream or SW Creamy darkened 25%? I thought I saw that mentioned in your post about LRV.

    Thank you,

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