New Hampshire Home Stager, Transforming My New Home - Built-In Bookcases

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New Hampshire Home Stager, Transforming My New Home - Built-In Bookcases


In a recent post, The New Hampshire Home Stager Bait & Switch, I promised to share photos from the transformation of my new home.

In case you missed it:  Dining Room Living RoomMaster Bed & Bath, Kitchen

 

One of the more dramatic improvements we've made so far is in the family room.

One thing that drives me crazy is lots of exposed wires.  We've always housed our TV's in armoires for that reason...to hide all the wires and "stuff".

Making the decision to mount our tv to the wall in this house presented a challenge.  After a couple of days of looking at bookcases and TV cabinets to hold the cable box, surround sound amp, speakers, etc.....and not finding anything we liked,

Rick came up with a brilliant idea.

hole in the wall

He cut through the wall to create built-in shelves.  The family room is in the basement and the other side of this wall is the utility room.

Now all the wiring is out of sight and still easily accessible....

and we have some book shelves!

built in shelving for tv

 

And for those of you following along....Yes, the family room is painted  Ben Moore Thunder.

 

Next up:  Powder Room 

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Kathy Streib
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Room Service Home Staging

Sharon- You and Rick are quite the team.  I can't stand all of those exposed wires either and having a wall mounted television can make it even harder.  I love Ben Moore's Thunder and love the solution you found. 

March 03, 2012 08:18 AM
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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
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Sharon - Those wire nests are no fun!  Very clever solution, and won't you have fun decorating those shelves!

March 03, 2012 09:34 AM
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Fabulous idea, Sharon ... it solved the dilmemma of ugly wires plus gave you valuable storage!  Your project is very educational for your readers!!

March 03, 2012 10:18 AM
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Ron & Alexandra Seigel
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Sharon,

What a great idea.  I love this series, ypu are making the concept of staging so real, and I hope that everyone gets the importance of it. A

March 03, 2012 10:41 AM
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Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

BRILLIANT!  Like Larry  the Cable Guy (photo #1), looks like y'all got 'er done!

March 03, 2012 10:52 AM
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Joanna Cohlan
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
Fresh Eyes For Your Home

Hi Sharon, this is absolutely terrific-no wires, no fuss-well maybe a little muss while he was cutting-but the moldings really make the entire unit look so together.  Lucky girl!!!

March 03, 2012 01:13 PM
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Myrl Jeffcoat
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
GreatWest Realty

Sharon - The addition of those shelves not only cleaned up the appearance of that wall, they are very utilitarian!

March 03, 2012 04:22 PM
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

Sharon, they look great! I saw a open house the other day that had about 6 of these cut out of the wall and all in a row like shaddow boxes, and inside each one they had a mask, a mask collection. Memorable!

March 03, 2012 08:31 PM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Roger:  Rick and I both had a laugh from that comment!

Kathy:  My last house didn't have any bookcases or shelving at all...I'm excited to have a new place to decorate!

Sally:  Can't wait!

Maureen:  Now I just have to convince Jack and Zack they aren't for climbing.

Alexandra:  I appreciate that, thank you!

Julia:  I wondered how long before Larry got mentioned!  Good eye!

Joanna:  I'm lucky he's as handy as he is.  I can't believe how many clients I've worked with who need to hire someone to do every small thing because their husband is not able.  

Myrl:  Should be fun deciding what to put there!

Ellen:  I wonder how many people were thrown by the masks and couldn't imagine what they would do with  the space....not exactly a universal style.

March 04, 2012 06:07 AM
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Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Sharon, clearly you and Rick are a powerful renovation team.  Love the built-in shelves. 

 

March 04, 2012 09:31 AM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Ginger:  We are a powerful team....sometimes he doesn't have the patience for me to decide exactly what I want, but we do eventually get there, LOL!

March 04, 2012 03:03 PM
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Anna Dovger
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607

Sharon, this is really clever. I love how it looks now and it doesn't look like a tough project to do.

March 04, 2012 05:42 PM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Anna:  We were lucky that there was a utility room on the other side of the wall...obviously this wouldn't be a solution for most people.  Worked great for us!

March 05, 2012 05:12 AM
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Janice Ankrett
Burlington Ont. Accredited Staging Professional
Janice Ankrett Home Staging

Just brilliant Sharon! I see those wires everywhere! they look especially bad with a TV over the fireplace.

March 05, 2012 07:19 AM
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Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
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Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA

Not just looking good... there is balance too now. By the way, that "gray thunder" speaks to me. I see a bright future in this color for my home ; )

March 05, 2012 08:57 AM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
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Janice:  Thank you!  I'm sure we could have mounted to the wall and hidden the wires inside the wall and ran them to a cabinet under the tv like most people, but I really wanted some shelves.  I am very happy with Rick's solution.

Lydie:  Well now I am going to be wondering if you use it....you better let me know if you do!

March 05, 2012 12:22 PM
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Shar Sitter
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
Rooms With Style

Great solution, it is so nice not having the cords. Now back to look at the kitchen!

March 11, 2012 08:43 AM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
Sharon Tara Transformations

Shar:  I'm looking forward to accessorizing the shelves....I've never had shelves before!

March 11, 2012 05:46 PM
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Kate Elim
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA
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Hi Sharon...Love the bookcases.  Having two really makes a difference.  I'm enjoying all of your transformations.

Kate

May 07, 2012 06:01 PM
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Sharon Tara
New Hampshire Home Stager
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Kate:  Thank you so much!

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