Remove or update the built-in? Suggestions welcomed!

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  • Terry Gruny Terry Gruny on Oct 06, 2020

    This is an old picture from the sellers. We will be moving in next month and painting. The cost to paint the console was $2,000. Now I wonder if we shouldn't just drywall then decide how to place a tv in that spot.


  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 06, 2020

    I think painting it would be a help

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 06, 2020

    I agree painting the unit or even distressing it would help and you could always remove it and put a shiplap or reclaimed wood wall there and add a TV


  • I would keep it, but maybe paint it a lighter colour. I love it.

  • Pat Pat on Oct 06, 2020

    I would drywall it and then put a console there with your TV on it, Or you night drywall around the sides and over the top of the TV, leaving just the niche for the TV and bottom console. This would depend on if your TV will fit in that space. I think you would be better off drywalling the whole space.

  • I would paint it white for some contrast. $2000 seems like a lot of money to paint it. You can do this yourself.

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    • Removing the built-in console will be a lot more work and more expensive. Paint is an inexpensive way to create a new look. It's your choice whether you want it to blend in or stand out. I look forward to seeing what you decide!

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 06, 2020

    I would definitely consider removing it and instead mounting the television above the fireplace. Feels like the room has more focal points than it might need and that would draw the eye to the lovely fireplace.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 06, 2020

    Is the console built in or does it have sheetrock behind it? I would paint the console. I am not a fan of putting a tv over the fireplace. Too many of my friends lost their TV's due to the heat of the fireplace, and it is also too high to watch. A tv should be eye level. I love SW agreeable gray, it is what I have in my house. I would paint the console a lighter shade of agreeable gray, maybe take the doors off to make it more up to date. You could even wallpaper the backs of the console for interest.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 06, 2020

    IMO paying $2000 to have the unit painted would not be money well spent.


    What you are going to have after the unit is painted, is an outdated entertainment unit that is, well, painted.

    It will still be a large (white) elephant in the room.


    These types of units were designed to accommodate large separate speakers, which now are outmoded technology, especially considering the prevalence of wi-fi and bluetooth in homes.

    Part of the supposed function of these units was to display stuff. In reality, they have largely become just catch-alls for junk that looks cluttered.


    Right now the large unit is dictating not only where the TV is, but the furniture arrangement in the room as well.

    My advice is to remove the entire unit, redesign the space in the room the way it fits your lifestyle best, with updated electrical features, and start fresh in your new home.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 06, 2020

    Too often folks feel that they are limited to using various rooms and arranging furniture the same way as the previous occupants did, or the way the real estate listing has the different rooms labelled.


    From the picture you posted, I see this as being a large space with considerable areas that are not serving any function.


    As this house will be your home, I would suggest dividing this large room into smaller defined 'zones', allocated for different activities, with accompanying furniture the way it suits you.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 06, 2020

    Flipturn has it exactly right! Brilliant!

    When I first looked at you picture of your room, my eyes were drawn to the tapestry above the entertainment center, I did not even notice it what was below it.

    Yes remove and update the technology, put the tv above the fireplace.

    Have you considered putting in a dry bar in the area where you'll now have room, pick up come of the colors from the tapestry for the bar. A perfect complement for a new useful space. Oh, match the paint or have a contrast to complement the room. Best to you.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 06, 2020

    Hello Terry,

    If this was my home, I would paint it the same grey as the fire surround to blend it in rather than to make it a stand out feature. Let your other item be the attention getters!

    Best wishes.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 06, 2020

    I think it would look very nice painted the same color as the fireplace mantle. It would look more like it was meant to be there as part of the original build. Also, update the hardware. I don't see any in the photo. I would go with oiled bronze.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 06, 2020

    Hi Terry: Boy am I happy that you said it's not your furniture in the picture. That black thing is hideous! :) And, that hanging thing over the tv is right up there with it, with the ceiling fan running a close third :) I agree with painting it if you must, and putting the tv over the fireplace. Once the owners get their furniture and things out, you may have a different perspective on how you want things and how things look. Right now it's cluttered and down right scary. I think that attention needs to be paid to the fireplace area and that $2000 is a huge amount to paint something as small as that unit. You can do it yourself (hence this group) and save a lot of money in the process. Go ahead and paint the walls and give the unit a bit more thought before doing anything to it. Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 07, 2020

    Hello I would consider painting it the wall color so it disappears.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 07, 2020

    Spending $2000 to have the unit painted is not going to make it disappear.

  • William William on Oct 07, 2020

    $2000 dollars to paint a cabinet? That's outrageous. A gallon of primer and a gallon of paint brushes and rollers would cost you under $200. Personally It's outdated for it's use. A lot of TV's would be too large for the opening. I would remove it. Drywall the wall. Set a buffet in front of the wall. Hang the TV over the fireplace.

  • Terry Gruny Terry Gruny on Oct 10, 2020

    Problem solved. It’s on wheels. Thank you.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 13, 2020

      I didn't think that it would be expensive to remove.

      'Just had a thought - Did removing the unit leave enough depth in the alcove to put in either a smaller loveseat/endtable/lamp or nice desk for a computer?

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Oct 31, 2020

    it all depends how extened update you like to do ... i would for sure light up walls and get some big ..tall furniture and remove most of little pieces that create a feel of cluttere