And, the after: (Ignore all those cords; do they make you as crazy as they make me?!)
And, now for the sad part of this story. . .After painting it and putting in my house, I realized that our cable box wouldn't fit inside. "Lessons in Design 101": always measure first! We tried squeezing the box on the top and it just bugged me way too much. Plus, the piece seemed to get lost on the long wall. So, off to Craigslist it goes, and hopefully I'll make enough profit to cover the replacement I already bought (will share that later). . .
Anybody in Charlotte looking for a pretty console? :)