Changing Rooms


No, not the reality TV show by that name. I hated it. I’m talking about our house.

It all started when Hubby decided that he’d like to buy a new VCR/DVR for our living room. I was quite keen on the idea too so we ordered it and within days it arrived in the post. Setting up computers and audio/video equipment has become my job because of the kneeling and reaching under desks and behind furniture that is required. Hubby also has a man-like disdain for instruction booklets which is why I am also the one who puts together flat pack furniture at our house.

As long as I was going to be setting up the new machine I thought that I might as well give that area a good clean and while I was dusting I thought about another long-standing problem that Hubby has. He finds it difficult to bend to reach things that are on lower shelves which means that he is unable to access the DVD player very easily to insert or remove disks. This has meant that while we have shelves full of DVD’s and videos he sits in front of the TV complaining that there is nothing good on  and watching “Pawn Stars” and the WWE until I’m ready to throw both Hubby and the TV out the window.

I had broached the subject of buying a new entertainment unit with Hubby and as he hadn’t actually said “No” I decided to browse online to see what we could afford. However, most of the modern units are set up so that the shelves would be too low for Hubby too. I needed something where all the equipment would sit on the top of the unit but I saw few units I liked at a price we could afford. I didn’t feel that the modern black units went well with our mostly light coloured timber furniture and the timber units I did like were way too expensive. One that I did like was advertised as a “Retro Danish style mid-century entertainment unit”. It was about $800, so out of the question. However I then realised that I was looking at our very own mid-century piece; the buffet that Hubby’s parents gave to us when we got married. We had used it as a TV stand when we were first married but it didn’t work well with the old CRT televisions so we bought something else.

When Hubby appeared I said “I’ve got an idea.” I could see his eyes glaze over, he knows I’m a serial furniture mover. I’m always changing the furniture round in attempt to create more room or a better look.  Anyway I explained what I wanted to do and as it didn’t involve him doing anything he was quite happy to let me get on with it.

The move took me most of the afternoon but I am happy with the result. I had to move the entertainment unit we had out of the room first. It’s one of those tall ones that were popular before flat screen TV’s came on the scene. That was a bit of a hassle because I couldn’t get it into the spot I’d planned for it to go in the spare room. It would have fit but I couldn’t get it through the passage doorway without tilting it and I needed Hubby for that. He tried to help but complained that every time he tried to tip it so it would pass under the door frame it tipped sideways as well and would jam against the wall. Rather than get into a domestic dispute as we often do when we move furniture together we adopted Plan B, it was to be put in the laundry and transported to Hubby’s man cave in the garage later.

The old buffet is heavy too but with all the ornaments, glass shelves and drawers taken out I was able to move it across the room without too much trouble except for having to move the couch and an armchair as well. Moving the video storage unit was left until the following day. Then all the equipment had to be set up and tested to make sure that everything worked properly. I made the mistake of leaving the TV on after I’d done this. Hubby came in and as “Law and Order” was on he started watching it. Why is that men become mesmerised when they stand in front of a TV for more than five seconds? I wasn’t happy, I still had to dust and put back all the ornaments, shelves etc, move the old unit to the laundry and replace all the furniture I’d moved in the spare room back where it was. I didn’t mind doing the work as it was my idea but having someone sitting watching TV in the middle of it is not conducive to marital harmony. I kept my temper though and informed Hubby that when I had finished moving the furniture in the spare room and laundry he must stop watching TV because I had to finish up in that room as well. Luckily he took the hint and made himself scarce.

It was all worth it though as we now have a more spacious living room and Hubby can watch DVD’s and videos to his heart’s content. I hope this will mean no more WWE. At least not when I’m at home. Today I finished off the job by adding our turntable to the set up so now we can also play our vinyl records in the living room. I made sure that when I checked the TV was still working I put it on the Weather Channel, just in case.


After adding these photos I realised that there was another furniture move between the two “Before” and three “After” photos. I had moved the couch under the window and Hubby’s armchair to in front of the disused fireplace. I hadn’t taken a photo of that move.

2 thoughts on “Changing Rooms

  1. I love it when something can be reinvented – a little bookcase we had in the hallway now lives in the back porch! Cindy looked cosy hope she approved of the shifting!

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