Filling a Hole

This is day four of a two day project as quoted by my husband. He is awesome like that ;) He has been filling the hole above the fireplace.  You know those ridiculous media niches that became obsolete once flatscreen tvs were all the rage.  Yet, they continued to install these media niches in homes.  I know.  We have one.  In our house built in 2006.  My hubbie has been wanting to mount our tv over our fireplace for over a year.  Since the day we looked at this house :)   Here is a picture of our niche as of Saturday morning...

Isn't it beautiful? Notice how it is taller than it is wide.  So modern electronics- namely, a widescreen TV will not fit.  We had it rigged so the TV would sit up there on the mantel but you could see this gaping hole around it.  Plus, there is something wrong with the phrase "had it rigged" when applied to something that you need to give up your firstborn to purchase.... And all our components were in the niche behind the TV and it was so difficult to reach under and behind the TV to put on a DVD or turn on the Wii.  And because like I said before it is like a man fantasy... I'm sure your husbands would agree with mine.  I have to admit I envy some of your beautiful mantlescapes with gorgeous mirrors and shutters and the like.  Or heaven help me a family portrait!  But Ryan has very few decorating must haves so I feel like I have to oblige. :)  Plus, love seeing him working hard on the house!

Yes, I totally told him to pose this way :)
Now, once we decided to close this baby up it was as simple as one-


Ok, just kidding there were a whole bunch of other steps that I was vaguely aware of {I was baking cookies.} Once this was complete, Ryan caulked the seams inside the mini-niche and primed the whole thing.  Ooh-ra Babe!

Next up on our list-

*Re-paint the whole wall
*Hang the mount
*Hang the TV
*Install as shelf in our mini-niche
*Install crown molding {that looks wrong.  it should be moulding}
     *BTW, this is to cover the wires for our new surround system that Ryan purchased on
       Black Friday.

I will keep you posted on our progress.  Fingers crossed this is all done before Christmas Eve.  Tell me... do you have any last minute projects before the holidays?

I'm linking up to Carrie's Amaze Me Mondays. 


  1. Oh my goodness this is awesome! You should see my fireplace. Well, I rarely show it on my blog because I hate it. We have a hole similar to this, except it's a corner fireplace so it's even deeper, and it's even taller than yours too! (the builders who designed this must not own a single electronic, or likes to watch tv sideways..haha!) We mounted a thin LCD tv across the hole and yeah it looks kind of silly. This is a great idea and I'm so glad you shared, I will be passing this along to my hubby!

    P.S. thanks for visiting my blog! (I also thought of beadboard for my bookshelf as well, but went with the quatrefoil as a fresh change.)

    Have a great day!
    -kylee (laskuh)

  2. I love your ideas! You "AMAZE ME"! Thank you for linking up to the "Amaze Me Monday" blog party!!


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