10/31/12

Giant Blank Wall No More

When Luke and I were looking at houses my first concern was always "where will our TV go?".

Which is a bit silly, yes, BUT nothing is worse than an awkward living room with less than desirable viewing of the TV.

OK yes, there are a lot of things worse than that, and I'm sure the top interior designer would tell you not to position your furniture around the TV, but for us normal non-fancy people we do like our furniture positioned around the TV so having a living room that accommodated this simple request only made sense.

When we first saw our house that we live in now I was taken aback by the perfect living room layout. It had a huge wall perfect for a TV with enough room to position the furniture around the TV. It seemed like a dream for any TV-aholic such as myself.

We bought the house, moved in, and positioned the furniture, it was then that I realized I had been going about this all wrong.

I may have had the perfect set up for taking in countless hours of mind-numbing housewives but I also had a GIANT BLANK WALL that seemed impossible to decorate.

I tried every brainstorming tactic short of hiring an interior decorator to fill the space but nothing seemed to come together. It was such an awkward space. 

I wanted to get one of those big nice entertainment centers but those are expensive and it seems we have a million other places that need our money, giant blank walls were put on the back burner.

So a couple of weeks ago I made it my mission to take care of the giant bank wall on a budget. And 3 wall pieces, one hanging of a shelf, marriage counseling for hanging shelf, and a couple of decorations later our giant blank wall is covered. I can rest easy now.

This is the best "before" picture I can find right now. I tried to avoid taking pictures of the whole wall because it bothered me so much. I have issues.





And the "after":




I love how it turned out! 



I found the shelf at a craft show I went to a couple of weeks ago through the vendor "Just Dreamin"
When I first saw it I thought maybe it had potential and the more I looked at it I realized it was perfect!


I found the printable in the middle on pinterest.


I'm just so relieved to have that wall covered!


10 comments:

Brigitte said...

My living room has almost the same set up, with the giant wall and our glass sliding door to the right. We have a 52 inch tv, which is huge! But our blank wall around it is annoying and I have just stared at it for the almost 5 years we've lived here. I really like what you've done though!

TropicalHappiness.com said...
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TropicalHappiness.com said...

Wow!!! Looks great!!!

PS- I think your last name is there for the internet to see... not sure if you wanted that! :)

Rhonda said...

My living room is AWFUL for TV viewing, but we have finally arranged the furniture in a suitable way (but not before marriage counseling for running cables across the room).

Now, I have a bunch of blank wall around my TV. Ugh.

Charla Liedahl said...

I knew that printable was from Joy's Hope even before I clicked the link! I have a couple others that look similar. Your wall looks great!

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

Love it! We have a den and that's where our TV is but, like you, we had a HUGE wall of space. We did a large bookshelf/TV center for it from IKEA. I'm so happy with how it turned out, too. We have little baskets for Lainey's toys, really cute.

destinationdeclutter.com said...

Looks lovely! We have a giant blank wall in our living room AND over our bed. The one in our living room doesn't bother me because it's the " back" of the room and not noticeable.

mindy said...

Cute & cozy. Good job!

The Rohman Family said...

Um, WOW! What a transformation!

Kayla Rice said...

Love it!!!