Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ding Dong The Wicked TVs Dead. Oh, And A Vote Too.

When we bought the house I had big plans for this....um....thing. And by plans I mean demolition. Bash it with a hammer and carry it out in itty bitty pieces.
Then I thought it through, realizing that something would have to take it's place once it was gone, and that thing would most likely require money and/or mad carpentry skills. Two things I don't have much of. So leaving it alone it was. After a coat of paint and this secret weapon, that is. Until now. This past week the picture has been going in and out every so often with the old "built in" TV that came with the house, and then...
it flatlined.
(let the record show that it was after my husband spent his day off at home while I was gone at work that it died it's final death. The same hubby that has been lobbying for a new TV for a year. Coincidence? You decide.)
We ripped out the old, put in the new up top, and now the decision is :
leave the doors on, so that the TV can be hidden away?
Or paint the inside to match the rest of the shelves, pretty it up and take the doors off, since they'll be open most of the time anyway?
What say you?

32 comments:

  1. I would paint the inside to match and leave the doors on. My kids watch less TV since I bought a TV armoire. It was an unforseen bonus to that purchase! By the way, love your blog!

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  2. Is there room to change out the hinges for sliders so that the doors can slide into the space between the TV and the side wall?

    BTW, LOVE what you've done with that piece! It's truly amazing what a can of creamy white paint can do for a home!!! Way to go!

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  3. I say leave 'em up and paint 'em. The rest of the cabinetry looks great! Also, you can buy the clear frost spray paint and cover the glass instead of using contact paper.

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  4. Leave em on! I am excited to see what you do to fill that hole though!

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  5. Oh to be so lucky to have to decide :) You've done a beautiful transformation.

    I vote to leave the doors on. Cover that sucker up when it's not being used.

    The idea to change the hinges was a good one, but I can see that it wouldn't work here.

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  6. i'm gonna be no help but i'm gonna comment anyway. :) i like it either way. i like the doors on so you have the option to shut them and not have to see the tv screen. I always like to shut ours when we're having company. On the other hand, they do block the view of your pretty shelves. It would look really nice all painted out to match. So, there you go, a completely non-helpful comment. ;) I know it will look great either way. It already looks so pretty!

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  7. my vote: leave the doors on because it's so nice to just close the doors and ban the tv once in awhile. AND paint the inside and pretty it up because those doors will be open most of the time.

    are you going to put cabinet doors on the bottom where the old tv was? maybe a fun fabric curtain on a tension rod to add some texture? maybe leave it open and install more shelves for storage?

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  8. take off the doors on top and cut them down or buy new ones for the bottom. the doors are cute, don't get rid of them completely.

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  9. paint it up & rip 'em off...:o)

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  10. Leave them on.
    It's nice to have the option to hide the tv. I like the doors....and the cat.

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  11. Def leave them on. I think if you took them off it would just look like a mistake and you will regret it. An idea: fill them with a pattered paper, something to blend the looks. Good luck!

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  12. Only leave them on if you can fix it so they slide back into the cabinet. My TV armoire currently has no doors because someone who shall remain nameless thought it was awesome to constantly close the doors and throw them open, then lean and hang on them until the hinges bent and one door cracked at the seam. Plus someone's brother was constantly fighting with him to get him to leave the stupid doors open. So they (the doors, not my kids) live behind my couch right now.

    If you can't fix them to slide back--I think Lowes has slider hardware, maybe $25 a door--take them off and paint the inside red like the rest of the shelves.

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  13. I say paint the inside, leave the doors on, put a tension rod in the hole and make a cute curtain with a coordinating (red) fabric to cover the hole. Give it some texture!!! Then you could use the hole as storage!!!

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  14. I have no idea. No vision and no idea. Which is why I read your blog.

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  15. That last comment made me laugh :)I also love coming back again and again to your before/after photos:)
    I would put shelves down below and add some more of those square (Ikea?) baskets with a little shelf above. I would also paint inside - on shelves above TV in same style (red at back) and use patterned paper (as someone above suggested) attached with strong, double sided tape (shouldn't be seen on outside if you use clear d/sided tape - i know 'stampin up' sells a strong one that is red but back pulls off to be clear)I personally don't like curtains but some sort of coordinating with the baskets I think would look great. But now I am beginning to ramble on...

    Sharon (from Australia:)

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  16. Leave the doors! We should have more rooms without TVs (or at least more room where we can hide them away and pretend it doesn't exist). :)

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  17. I say, what's goin in the hole? Dad says a donut. A rifle? Long horns? Kitty litter box;) (this is Liz)

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  18. I'd leave the doors because I love that you can hide the TV away - I wish we could! Then you can always remove them later if they're open all the time.

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  19. Take them off. They will always be open and unless those open doors recess or something back into your wall unit (which I don't think they do) the doors are gonna stick out all the time. Plus, I think the black flat screen is cool looking. Painting the back like the rest and pretty-ing it up like you are thinking will look great. But the hole below def. needs to have doors on them. Any way to repurpose the old doors down there?

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  20. I vote for taking them off. I got rid of my doors after too many injuries to the head (mine and kids)from them hanging open. I once saw a creative post from someone who made a roman shade to replace the doors that could be pulled up and hidden or down and pretty. Wish I could remember where I saw it.

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  21. I vote to leave the doors in place. I hate the new fad of hanging the TV on the wall as "decor" or putting it on one of those low-rise cabinets for all to see. I've heard TV armoires are "out" but you'll have to pry mine out of my cold dead hands before I get rid of it.

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  22. Since you are NEVER MOVING AGAIN you don't have to worry what the next owners would want....

    Here is a novel idea...

    PLAN A: RIP the Whole WALL Down, bookcases, drawers and all! THEN Rebuild it to something you really like and be done with the Rifle cabinet delima (SP??) completely. Done! Problem Solved!!

    Okay, so that may be a bit drastic.... BUT that IS what you do BEST.... so it's my FIRST suggestion.

    Plan B: You seem to hate things closed up, so either get sliders on the doors to go on the side or get rid of them. I like the ideas of the red paint on the back to match. After that, I would totally STILL get rid of everything BELOW. Do a demolition like you did on the Bookcase upstairs (which I'm still waiting to find out what you did with IT) and UPDATE it with something that works for you.

    Always in for a TOTAL Make-OVER.... Love, MOM

    P.S. What's with a "curtin on a rod down below" ??

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  23. doors off and more shelves in the hole...or drawers in the hole...remember my parents unit like that? they moved the tv up and had shelves on top of the tv and added drawers in the hole

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  24. Leave them on...
    paint the inside to match the inside of the other shelves.

    Love it.
    Tasha

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  25. I say pretty up the inside behind the tv and repurpose the doors to cover the bottom so you can use it for storage! I LOVE the difference the paint makes! It's great!

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  26. I say paint them, leave them up, and pretty them up:)

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  27. Keep the doors! Sometimes just hiding the tv is a great way to forget to turn it on.

    Can't wait to see the ends results!!!!

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  28. Leave them on. It's great to be able to hide it away - and less dust will collect on the screen. I like the idea of the door sliders, too. My husband got a flat screen mounted to the wall, and we had to get rid of our beautiful armoire. My FIL came in and turned on golf during my son's first bday party! Now I just hide the remote.

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  29. I read all the other comments and I don't care what anyone else says. Leave the doors on. I wish we could put ours away because I think it's too easy to keep/turn it on if you can see it all the time. The TV is a necessary evil, but having doors allows you to control it. You know, IMHO, which isn't so H and is very much O. : )

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  30. I vote for leaving the doors on AND painting the inside. It's nice to be able to just hide the TV at times. Our TV always shows but if I had my druthers I would have bought a unit with doors.

    Love the white paint on the cabinet. What a transformation!

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  31. I'd leave them on - it's nice to put the TV away.

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