Fauxdenzas have been popping up all over the blogosphere, and as soon as I first laid eyes on one, I knew that I wanted to have a fauxdenza in my living room! — For those who have never heard of a “fauxdenza” the term was coined by Ana of Door Sixteen a few years back, and really its a fancy word for a fake credenza.
The Ikea expedit entertainment center that we bought for out first apartment back in 2010 (wow that seems SO long ago) did us well in our first two apartments — though I will be the first to admit that taking it apart and putting it back together again 3 times was not my idea of fun. It was a huge purchase for us at the time (we just finished school and didn’t have much money to spend on a big piece of furniture) so we actually felt really cool and excited to buy something like this on our own!
When we moved into our townhome in 2011, we of course brought the huge entertainment center with us because it was what we knew, and we were comfortable with it. As soon as we got it in the space I didn’t love it, but I was going to live with it because we had just bought our first home and we again did not have the money to blow on something new. Looking back, I am so glad we didn’t rush into buying something because I can pretty much guarantee it wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome as our fauxdenza is now. 🙂
So a couple months ago I started showing Aaron fauxdenzas online to see if he liked the look. Luckily for me he did like the look! Two tickets for the fauxdenza train, wham bam thank you ma’am!
I pulled out the tape measure and notepad, and started jotting down ideas. Then I went to the web to do my research; I wanted to find the best way to approach my fauxdenza adventure and since many intelligent ladies have done this before, why wouldn’t I want to utilize their suggestions!?
A few days later we were at Ikea, ready to purchase our supplies — and of course we had a cinnamon bun and frozen yogurt too. 0:)
If you follow along on Instagram (@fabvintage) you’ll remember this pic!
The next Friday night when Aaron was at work (are you shocked by this one? Our house is not safe from my madness when Aaron is at work… muahahaha!!!) I got down to business. A weekend of working hard later, and we were at this point.
Seriously, it is one of my absolute favorite things in the whole house. I love it!!!! And I can’t believe that I built that thing ALL by myself (if you’re doubting whether you can do this, you can!!!)
The next night that Aaron was off of work, he helped me mount the TV — there was no way in h-e-double hockey sticks that I was trying to mount the TV on my own lol. That’s one really awkward text message waiting to happen… “uhm Aaron… I kinda sorta dropped and broke the TV in 3 million pieces. By the way could you bring me home a coffee in the morning :)?”. Yeah, wasn’t even going to think about going there.
We mounted that bad boy, ran the wires through the wall, and ended with this.
A little bit of decorating later, and my masterpiece was done (well minus the lack of photos in my 2 frames).
Look ma, no wires!
Are angels singing when you look at that photo or is it just me? I love not seeing any wires. Wires are my other arch nemesis (folding clothes being the #1 arch nemesis) so hiding those nasty things for a clean and streamlined look seriously let the fauxdenza be the star of the show! Lovely darling, just lovely!
If you’re interested in building your own fauxdenza, I’ll be sharing a full tutorial and product list next week, so be sure to check back!
So what do you think? The fauxdenza looks totally awesome right? I love how it really modernizes the living room! Have any of you built a fauxdenza? Do you like to work on projects when your hubby/boyfriend isn’t home? Is your house also not safe when you get a crazy idea? Or am I the only crazy one aorund here (quite possible)?!