Alma Update: Media + Storage

May 9th, 2011

Hey everybody, hope you moms had a relaxing Mother’s Day!  Last week, I spent a few hours constructing a media and storage center for our Alma Project.  I struggled for weeks on how to accomplish this task, at first scouring thrift stores and Craigslist for bookcases with no luck.  Why is it so hard to find two solid wood matching bookcases these days?  I contemplated either going to IKEA or having them built, but the bid came in at $400 which I was not willing to spend. 

My parents came to the rescue.   They moved all their belongings last week and they happened to have two solid bookcases they didn’t need anymore since they’re downsizing, so they generously donated them to this project. 

To create the new media center, I reused the existing TV stand and paired it with the donated bookshelves, one on each side.  Then I purchased two new pressboard shelves for the top and between the bookcases.  I primed the pieces, then assembled them all together and painted it all white to create one large wall unit.  And we did it all for under $60 dollars.

Here is what the family room wall looked like a few weeks ago:

tv wall before media

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Here is the wall after we constructed a new media and storage center:

alma media storage center

Fantastic right? 

 

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BOTB + Happy Mother’s Day!

May 8th, 2011

Hi moms, how are you today?  I do hope you are getting spoiled by your family ~ breakfast in bed and a pedicure at a minimum!  Abi and I teamed up to bring you a few inspiring links today, we hope you’ll enjoy another round of our continuing ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series.

Chris at Just A Girl proved once again how white paint can brighten any piece, including this gorgeous china cabinet.

just a girl cabinet

Emily A. Clark cleverly used chalkboard paint to add something special for herself and her kids to her kitchen.  

emily clark chalkboard paint

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