As a belated Christmas gift, last weekend Heath mounted the TV for me.  For us, this is one of those pesky projects that (in the grand scheme of things) is pretty easy and affordable to accomplish but, for one reason or another, never made its way to the top of our to-do list.  Though I don’t know why, as the end result has made a HUGE difference to our GDH. Just to jog your memory, here’s what our TV setup used to look like.

Boring TV

And here is what it looks like today.

midcenturydesignwithflatscreenIt’s like people actually live here now! The project took about an hour and half  to complete from start to finish. That time span includes Heath putting the TV up, me deciding it was too high, and him redoing the whole project again. Plus the time it took to hide the cables and arrange the fixins’ on the dresser. So basically, I’m embarrassed we didn’t get to this DIY fix earlier.

We opted to run the cords in the wall rather than get one of those hide-a-cord mechanisms. A decision I am very happy with and was accomplished just as easily by drilling a whole in the wall where the TV is and near the outlet at the bottom of the wall. We ran the cords in an out of those holes and to their respective contraptions.

We opted to run the cords through the wall rather than get one of those hide-a-cord contraptions—a decision I am very happy with and was accomplished by drilling one hole in the wall where the TV is and one near the outlet at the bottom of the wall. We ran the cords in an out of those holes through the wall and to their respective devices on the dresser.

To say the living room has gone through many iterations would be an understatement.  We’ve (I’ve) changed furniture and wall colors in here so many times I can’t event begin to give you the actual number of layout switch ups (maybe 5).  Fortunately for Heath, now that the TV is on the wall, we are pretty well set with our current layout, and that’s just great with me. It’s quite possible I’m close to reaching my goal of having a living room that fits the modern eclectic description I was aiming for. Of course, once I achieve that, I’ll probably decide to switch things up again to fit a more Downton Abbey-ish lifestyle. I wonder how a flat screen fits into that arrangement…


11 Comments on “Mountin’-eers”

  1. kmom says:

    It’s all coming together nicely. Hope you will stick with this look for a while. The room looks so spacious, stylish and comfortable.

  2. myidlethumbs says:

    OH DEAR LORD, it took us a LOT longer than an hour and half to achieve the same. The day the HDMI cable got stuck in the wall cavity will go down in history as one of the most stressful days of DIY (or just days.) ever.

    The drilling, plumb-lines and spirit levels still feature in my dreams. We were just saying the other day that if we ever move we will leave the cables intact for the future owners. I would just never put anyone else through that!

    I am so impressed with your efforts. The place is looking great!

    We are travelling to Austin from the UK in a few weeks for our first visit. Any tips or tricks to your fine city you fancy sharing?

    Happy Monday from snowy London.x

  3. Tasiyagnunpa Livermont says:

    Awesome! I’m obsessed with getting out tv on the wall one of these days, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

    PS I adore your couch!

  4. I think ‘modern eclectic’ is a very apt description for ya’lls decorating style. Whatever you call it, I so love it. You have a beautiful, vibrant, and colorful home. I love seeing all the changes. Gets me inspired to change some things in my own home. Thanks. 🙂

  5. jmcvl says:

    What a beautifully put together room! love it!

  6. girlwithaskillet says:

    What a beautiful home you have! I love the bright colors and your printed wall is amazing! My husband is pretty conservative about colors and prints – he much prefers neutrals – but I’ve been encouraging him to be more adventurous in our new home, so hopefully I can get some modern and colorful elements going soon. I’m really enjoying your lovely blog!

  7. allison h. says:

    Looking good! we have such similar taste! 🙂 What is the name of that tall plant in your window? i need something like that in our guest room!

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