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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hi, I recently completed this project inspired heavily by your post on your blog and wanted to send over a photo! Thanks so much for the detailed and easy to understand instructions. We had to use toggle bolts since these are horsehair plaster walls (we are in New England)

Thanks and will be perusing your blog for more ideas :)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

My wife found your plans for the mudroom entry way on Pinterest and had me complete the project for the blank wall in our home just to the side of our front door. The project turned our great, was really simple to complete and we appreciate how easy-to-follow you made the instructions. Thank you!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Thank you so much for the inspiration! I attached before and after pics. This is exactly what I was looking for and appreciated your thorough directions!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Hey thanks for posting your tv box! Just what I was looking for! Went with a 55” just to fill the box. Thanks again for the great idea!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hi!  I'm so glad you took the time to document your little mudroom area build out. I had a blast learning how to use our miter saw on its maiden project and having my mom help wrangle our three little kids so nobody got hurt while I was trimming it out with a nail gun!  Please excuse the messy play room to the side :-)

I love it! It's super functional and practical as well as gorgeous in the heart of my home.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It took me about 6 months of building this to complete the project. I am very much a beginner when it comes to using tools and doing DIY stuff. Most of the tools that I used to build the entertainment center I was using for the first time and I would often buy the tools as I went along because I didn't know exactly what I needed.  I made a ton of mistakes but was able to hide and fix everything with joint compound, caulk, paint sanding, etc.

My dimensions were adjusted slightly for the size of my living room.  It is 8 feet wide but only about 7.5 feet tall.  I don't have a 60 in TV in it yet but when I do it will be about 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 in spacing around the TV instead of the 4. Also, the media shelf is 6.5 inches high instead of 8.  I also have the side shelving a little wider. I basically did this to make the viewing area of the TV a little lower so that we are not looking up at the TV and can just look at it straight on.  Our seating is probably a little closer so I made the adjustment there.   Inside the middle cabinet at the bottom I cut out a rectangular hole with my jigsaw where the plug is and mounted a power strip to the back of the cabinet with a little of the hole left underneath so that I can fish wires under the power strip.  Having the power strip mounted also saves a little space in the cabinet.

I would echo the comment of wanting to spray paint the project with an HVLP sprayer but I don't have one and couldn't afford a good one at this point.  It would have made the painting go a lot faster though.

I really love the entertainment center design and can't thank you enough for posting all of the dimensions and plans.  I have had a lot of positive feedback on mine and it really fits well in our living room.

Thank you!
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Thanks for your information on how to build the tv cabinet.  Followed your directions with a couple alterations.  I used all cedar, 2x12 for the frame to have more depth, cable box and bluetooth sound bar, added a 2 gang electrical box inside the TV cabinet for tv,sound bar, and tv plug ins.  Your directions and pictures very helpful, built one for myself and have built 4 others for friends, thanks again!! Should give you commission $$.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Thank you for the perfect idea for my back yard tv.  We rent this house so mounting it to the stucco may have been an issue with the landlord.. So we decided to go with post.  Here is a picture of how I did mine.. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Thanks for the inspiration!  It is so much heavier than I thought it would be!!!!  Be prepared to have some help mounting it.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thank you so much for the blog post!  My wife found you via Pinterest and was exactly what she was attempting to explain to me that she wanted.  I am pretty handy, but this was my first big full build of something.  I followed your design except for the cabinets.  I got 3 super cheap cabinets on Craigslist ($15 each!) but didn't realize until I was home that they were full overlay cabinets, so I had to improvise around that.  Ended up putting some 2x2s in between each and ripping down some 1x2s into 0.75x2s to lay across the top/bottom.

I was working alone and knew it would be a multi-week process (ended up being about 3.5 weeks), so I didn't do it as a built-in, just a very-close-to-the-wall unit.  (Also means there is possibility of us moving it...somehow).  I built the bottom in the garage and carried it in so I could build the top in the garage (limited space on my third of the garage).  Due to freezing temperatures, I had to paint inside.  So I painted the bottom inside and then put it into position. Then carried the top in and painted it.  The top is held on by two 1x2s screwed into the plywood of the base + side shelves.  There's a set of L brackets attached to the wall behind the crown molding at the top just in case too!  Both sets were heavier than I expected, but doable with just me and a friend.

I've been wanting to mount the tv for years, but my wife wouldn't let me until we had a full unit to hide wires, hold devices, etc.  Now the TV is safely out of fingerprint range of our munchkins! Thanks again! 

My materials totaled almost $500: spread out nicely between Lowe's, Menard's, and CL. :-)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Jeff and Sue (Finished!  Marriage intact!)

These DIY'ers used the DIY Built In post as a guide for their own Built In Entertainment Unit.  The completed project is slightly smaller at 72" wide by 84" tall.  They used 1 - 36" wide by 30" high upper kitchen cabinet (to be used for the middle cabinet) and 2 - 18" wide by 30" high upper kitchen cabinet (to be used on each end).  Their side shelves are 17" wide.  They also made the top shelf and side shelves removable for a larger tv down the road. They complimented the white cabinets with a two toned look and added the additional lighting giving it more pop.  GREAT JOB!

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