We've been enjoying out entertainment center for a few weeks now, but I haven't taken the time to share it here. Our new place has a great living room, but it is big and was empty. That is, out last place had built-in bookcases so, when we moved in to our new place, we didn't have enough furniture to fill the area and nowhere for the TV.
My dream entertainment center resides at Restoration Hardware, but since Chris and I couldn't bare to spend $3,500 on a piece of furniture (as amazing as it is), I began my search. I spent hours looking on craigslist and the internet only to find that the huge TV that Chris bought prior to our marriage which he insisted had to be THE TV in the family room, is too big for any bookcase-type entertainment center. So, buying something used really wasn't likely to happen.
Then I found Vancouver Woodworks. These people are awesome! You tell them what you want and they bring out the catalogues. Right away they found a 3 piece set and, since I was going to paint it no matter what the color of the stain was, they sold it to us unfinished which saved us a ton of money. It arrived 2 weeks later in a thousand pieces. My amazing husband then put it all together after a long day of work at which point my job started.
Late into the evenings and during Carter's naps, I primed it and then gave it two coats of paint. I give to you my dream entertainment center (or pretty close) at less than a 1/3 of what Restoration Hardware offered.
**Ignore the fact that the shelves are empty with the exception of random things that probably don't belong there.