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Steam Punk Shelves

June 4, 2012

Last week we purchased a brand new 42 inch Sony flat screen TV for $70.

Well, kind of.  Alex found a broken 42 inch TV on Craigslist for $120.  He offered $60 for it.  The seller counter-offered $70, on the condition that we pick the TV up that evening, and pay cash.  Okay, sounds good!

As soon as we got home with our $70 broken TV, Alex gave Sony a call, and told them that our new TV was broken!  We’ve only had it for about 6 months, he said.  … No, we don’t have a receipt, because it was a Christmas present from my mom …. No, I don’t think she has a copy of the receipt either….

30 minutes later, the Sony customer service rep agreed to send us a new TV at no cost.  We only had to put the broken TV in the new TV’s box, and leave it on the front porch for FedEx to pick up.

A week later, our brand new 42 inch Sony LCD TV, which cost us only $70, arrived in the mail.  This presented a slight problem, however,  since, our house being rather small, we didn’t have a good place to put such a large TV.  Call me old-fashioned, but I was NOT going to let Alex put it above the fireplace.

We decided that our only good option was to build a set of shelves / make-shift entertainment center so that we could put the TV against the wall across from the fireplace, which was, admittedly, underutilized.  This seemed like a perfect excuse to use the huge old wood planks that we had recovered from the garage shed, before tearing the shed to pieces.   The planks didn’t look like much when they were in the shed acting simultaneously as a workbench and structural support (see below), but once we pulled them out, we realized that these were some pretty awesome pieces of wood.  Each board was a foot wide, more than 2 inches thick, and 8 ft long.

We decided to use them for steam-punk style shelving.  Inspired by the huge bookcases at a very hip, local restaurant called Abricott, we decided to use black steel pipes (you know, the kind meant for gas plumbing) as the legs, and we kept the design very simple.    The end result, after a full weekend of work, was some very functional, restoration hardware-esque shelving, which is a perfect fit for our new TV.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    June 7, 2012 3:06 AM

    love it!

  2. June 12, 2012 5:49 AM

    I love the shelves – so glad you found a use for that wonderful piece of wood. And what a great concept. Although it’s very similar to the first version of the hanging tv in our bedroom, which I thought was so original but I guess wasn’t, although it was 10 years ago . . . The garage is shockingly and beautifully revived!

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