A couple of weekends ago our daughter and son-in-law constructed a TV-multimedia console using online plans. Their goal was to corral game boxes, a sound system and an excessive amount of wiring in an inexpensive mid-century style console. After shopping around town and finding that finished products were retailing $600-$1500, they decided to go the DIY route.
The plans were modified slightly. Radiator screen sheeting was added to the door panels to allow interior air circulation. In order to achieve the desired mid-century flair the legs were changed to round 5.5 inch wood turned legs. With these modifications, the final cost was approximately $125.
They had some great and timely advice on how to condition and pre-seal the wood (thanks Ginene!) before applying stain and sealant.
Isn’t it amazing how tangled wires seem to breed more wires? After a ‘spring cleaning’ of the electronics and untangling a jumble of wires, they found extra wires that connected to nothing! 🙂 What was left now resides neatly inside the console and out-of-sight.
So. The original, open, too short, lopsided, cardboard-like, faux wood console ‘before’ image:
And… the ‘after’ completed mid-century themed TV console (which hides everything but one satellite dish box):
Not bad for a young couple’s first time DIY project!
Have a good week! — Joanne
TV Multimedia Console, Part 1
George and I spent the weekend helping our daughter and son-in-law build a TV-multimedia console. Brianne and Brian found online plans that would suit their needs, but desired storage with more of a mid-century flair.
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The inspiration choices were narrowed down. However, it still wasn’t quite what they had in mind. They didn’t want all the wiring and electronics exposed, but were concerned about enclosing heat-producing electronics.
A trip to Home Depot solved the dilemma. The solution was to insert radiator sheeting in the doors and cut ventilation into the back of the unit. In addition, the legs were switched out for round 5.5 inch wood turned legs reminiscent of the Mad Men era.
The console is basically a wood rectangular box with a divider and shelves. A channel was routed into the doors in which to inlay the radiator sheet. A center divider holds up shelving for the variety of electronics.
Brianne started staining the console doors, but isn’t sure if she likes the color.
This project will have to wait until another weekend. That leaves time to attach the legs and muddle over the stain/paint matter. 🙂
Have a good week! – – Joanne
TV Console, Part 2
Snow on the brain. Friday, students couldn’t concentrate with the 8″ to 15″ forecast of snow for the weekend. I had the 5-year-old students measure varying snow depths on a meter stick. Their eyes! Most had never experienced a local snow.
Weathermen foamed on about the upcoming blizzard; grocery store shelves emptied of breads, eggs, milk; everyone decided they needed gas – even though warned not to drive during the storm. My sister and I waited in the snow party line at the ABC (liquor) store. Snowmageddon.
Sunday afternoon. We’ve about binge-watched all that Netflix has to offer. I’ve sewed an entire quilt top. We’ve sweat pant-ed, hot cocoa-ed, fudge brownie-ed ourselves to the extreme. No school tomorrow; maybe not on Tuesday.
I’m not complaining. I rather like sleeping in. Think I’ll make chili and cornbread tonight. Oh, yeah . . . I have a bottle of Bailey’s.
Stay warm! – – Joanne
Recently I had the privilege to visit textile designer, Alison Glass‘, home studio. I’ve been quilting for a little over two years and find field trips like this very exciting and educational. I’m so glad she invited our guild into her studio. I’ll let the images do the walking and talking . . .
What is it about girls and horses? I just completed my third horse quilt, with a fourth custom order for another. Don’t get me wrong. I very much appreciate the complimentary purchases. It’s just takes so darn long to complete. LOL.
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans–living or dead–but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime. —History.com
Living in a military town you can’t go very far before stumbling upon one of the bases. The majority of students who attend my school has one (if not both) parent in the military. So, per tradition, today the school student-body walked over to the Veteran’s Day Parade on Atlantic Avenue.
Replica of the USS Alabama
Then and Now Uniforms
WWII Dispatch Rider – Indian or Harley-Davidson?
Honoring ALL Service Members
Homeland Security – A Little Levity
Airmen, Virginia Air National Guard, 203rd Red Horse Squadron suffered one of the worst peacetime loss of life in the Virginia National Guard since WWII in 2001
By far, my parade favorites are the high school marching bands with their boisterous renditions. 😀 I hope you enjoy this short collage of high school bands. There’s just something about hometown parades!
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Whether you commemorate Veterans Day, Armistice Day or Remembrance Sunday – thank you for your service.
With gratitude – – Joanne
History.com Staff. “Veterans Day Facts.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.