But let me backtrack a bit. We’ve been struggling with our media center layout lately (#firstworldproblems am I right?). You may have noticed our tall Besta cabinets hopping around to different spots in our house over the last few posts. They were here when we revealed our new couch.
Over here for our latest house tour:
And over here when we finally put up curtains:
The layout that worked so awesomely in our apartment was just not fitting right in our giant living room against that 27 foot wall. We felt like it was too choppy, it looked odd with the sloped ceiling, and it brought attention to the two AC vents above it. Plus I’ve been wanting to move away from having all black furniture, and that behemoth just felt too dark and oppressive.
So we thought maybe removing one of the tall cabinets would lighten things up and give us more room for art on the walls. We removed the left one and kept the right one in place to balance the side of the room that the chaise lounge is on. But that ended up looking just plain awkward. And still too dark and oppressive for the rest of the room. It’s like a black hole that your eyes get sucked to.
So we decided to scrap the black Bestas entirely. Well not entirely. They were broken up *sniffle* and found spots elsewhere (the two tall cabinets landed in our office, and the horizontal unit is now giving our
junk room future workout room TV a place to sit).
Oh future workout room. we’ll get to you one day.
Anyhoo, back to the drawing board we were. Literally. We started sketching different options for media centers, and Evan suggested doing something low and wide (since our problems with the current arrangement were that its height chopped the space in half and it wasn’t wide enough to fill the huge wall).
I suggested maybe doing white instead of black this time so that we could gradually start phasing out our all-black look. We photoshopped up our brain baby and both loved the results, so off to Ikea we were (picture us skipping down the aisles with cinnamon rolls in hand, we love Ikea!)
Five hours and a couple hot dogs later (seriously, we could hang out there all day), we made it back home with a buttload of boxes and couldn’t wait to get started!
We have a lot of fun building Ikea furniture, it’s like Legos for big kids!
Plus Evan got a power screwdriver (not to be confused with a power drill- it’s more chill, not quite as VROOM VROOM) and that made the process go by a lot faster.
Of course, Mochi helped too. Step one, lay out your materials:
Step two, read instructions:
Step three, roll around on instructions and look cute:
Teheheheheehe!! Our little soot sprite is such a fluffy puff!!! Kk sorry, got distracted by cute cat pictures (story of my life), back to business!
By the time it was dark, we had put together almost 22 feet of cabinets!
Eeeeeeeeep!!!! We love it!!!!! Sorry the lighting isn’t great, I was too excited to wait til morning to take the pics! We were originally going to go with white doors but we saw the new birch ones and thought it might add some interest and warmth. We have a couple more doors that we still need to put on, and of course we need to fill the open cabinets with decor-type-stuff, but I couldn’t help sharing now!
You can’t tell in the pics but we got the glass top that goes over the units and makes them look a lot more polished (and it will protect our white from getting dirty). We also bought the faux sheepskin throw Mochi is lounging on in the first picture, and the lamp on the left end of the Besta.
Doesn’t it fit the space so much better than the old arrangement did? It feels like it was made for this room instead of forcing itself to awkwardly hang out there. Plus it fills up that empty space in the room near the windows that we didn’t know what to do with. The old set up kinda felt like we were on “living room island” in the middle of a sea of hardwood.
Next on the agenda… add all our art! That big wall is begging for it! Also we need to add the other doors, organize the crazy spaghetti of cables this is hiding, add more decor to the barren shelves, and screw the units together so that they are more seamless.