Dugouts and Diapers

Jessica Starr Nichols

A New Year, A New Project

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Since we moved in this house nearly three years ago, we have constantly had a project. Thankfully, most of the major projects are complete, and those that remain on the “to-do list” do not require us to rearrange our lives in order to complete. 

  On the weekends and even some during the week, we spend the majority of our time in our backyard. Whether we are laughing with friends around the firepit, grilling delicious food with family, or just watching the boys play, we are enjoying every minute spent outside. One thing we were missing was an outdoor television for watching sports or a movie. My precious parents bought us a new 60″ SmartTV for Christmas, and we knew immediately that we wanted to put our old tv outside. My brilliant husband devised a plan to remove one of the windows in our laundry room and build the tv cabinet around the current window frame. He’s truly brilliant!  
 Once we removed the window, he cut a piece of plywood to the size of the window frame and braced it from the back with pieces of a 2×4.He placed a smaller piece of plywood in the center of the window to attach the wall-mount for the television. We painted it all black so that it will disappear into the black of the television. 

 He then built the actual tv cabinet using 2×4’s, right angle brackets, and screws. We allowed an extra 3-4″ on each side for proper air flow when the television is on. As you can tell, we had to remove our vinyl siding to do this project, but it doesn’t take but just a few minutes to hang it right back up when the project is complete. When the framework was complete, we painted the frame black and ran all of the cables from the attic to the outdoor space.  

 For the door of the tv cabinet, I wanted it to be more of a piece of artwork than simply a piece of solid black plywood. I spent roughly two hours painting the door of the cabinet, but it really is so inviting, and most importantly, so us! 

 Once the door was complete, the only thing left to do was hang the television, hook up the cables and Bluetooth surround sound, hang the cabinet door, and check for power. Of course, it worked beautifully! Since we didn’t want to take the tv in and out every time we wanted to use it, we put a lock on the closure of the cabinet so it is right ready to use each time we go outside. 

 We are all so excited about the completion of this project, and we can’t wait to have our first gathering next weekend as we host our church’s youth group and college kids for a Super Bowl fellowship. We find enjoyment in all of our renovation projects, but this one just might be our favorite! 

Come back next week as I fill you in on one more thing that I’m obsessed with this year! Ladies, it’s a good one, so don’t miss it! Have a great week everyone!


Author: jstarrnichols

I'm a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. I love Jesus, my family, my friends, and my life. I enjoy writing, yoga, laughing, and spending time with my manclan. I’m merely striving to be the best version of myself.

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