I'm taking a break from "before and after" to show you our new TV armoire, because I think this is a brilliant idea! We had a rather shallow/narrow space in our family room to put a TV, and I didn't really want to mount it on the wall (mostly because I didn't have the mental energy to decorate around a TV on the wall...it seemed easier to stick it in something...but what?). A typical entertainment unit or armoire would have been way too deep for the space, and it would have cut into the primary walkway through the room (refer to the photos below to see what I mean).
So we scoured Craig's List and found an old china cabinet for $50. You can see it below in all it's glory. I think the people we bought it from were...um...surprised that anyone wanted it!
My husband removed the glass doors and reworked some of the wood trim, and I painted the whole thing (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Grey with dark wax on top, in case you're curious!). We added some new hardware too. It ended up being only 18 inches deep, perfect for a flat screen TV, and gives us extra storage in the bargain!
I don't know why I never thought of it before! With TVs being so skinny these days, why buy a big old piece of furniture to hold them? For us, this was the perfect solution!
Next up is our master bedroom renovation...see you soon! :)