One example are these tables Brandon had in his bedroom before we got married. Awful right?
|Family room when we first moved in.. Feb. 2012|
We shopped a bit at Ikea and loved their options of making your own TV stand. We opted for ALL closed doors.. and no drawers. That way Jack couldn't open anything! We put together all the pieces, then drilled a few small holes in the back for our cords to come through.
|Back of TV stand|
We then installed some baby proof latches so Jack couldn't open the cabinet doors.
|Option of having them on or off without having to remove them completely.|
|Safety 1st Pivot Position Baby Proof Latches|
Here is the family room with the new TV stand.
|With new TV stand|
We bought the wood from Home Depot and stained it ourselves.
|Ready to be stained|
|Staining TV Mount|
We then mounted the wood to the wall using two 2 x 4 wood planks.
|Wood planks for mounting|
Then we mounted the wood to the planks. We also cut a hole in the wood for our TV cords to go through so the cords weren't showing from the front.
And vuala! The TV is mounted!
And all our electronics and DVDs are covered and out of harms way!
|Walmart frame, Apple TV, and Ikea plant|
Now let's remind you what it looked like before we moved in. Here is a picture of the family room and dining room (view from the kitchen) after we tore out the carpet.
|Family Room/Dining Room before we painted|
And here is a before and after since we have lived here.
We still have some work to do. We plan on making some shelves to the left of the TV to help with the empty space, so stay tuned! Those should be completed in the next few weeks!