This is what we started with. I was so excited about the project I didn't think to take a before picture so this is all I have. This entertainment center was bulking, dark and fully exposed to toddler shenanigans.
I had my heart set on a LIATORP Sideboard but at $350 it just wasn't in the budget. We decided to do a walk through of IKEA and decided on a BESTA set that ended up being around $180 with all of the parts. On our way out, we stopped by the scratch n' dent section and BAM there it was, a smaller BESTA set for only $60. There was a cabinet and drawer on the left and glass enclosed cabinet on the right. It was perfect and I was simply giddy! Since we had a $35 gift certificate we also splurged on a cute decorative VIDJA table lamp. Overall this upgrade was $145, well worth keeping our electronics safe from curious little hands!
The installation was extremely easy and only took about 45 minutes. I was picky about the wall mount and wanted it to be very secure to the wall. The VideoSecu didn't disappoint, especially for the price. The Mono-Systems Kit was really neat and even came with a round hand saw to make a perfect hole in the wall. The most time consuming part was pulling the cords through but they even provided a flexible arm to facilitate that.
Since the entertainment center was from scratch n' dent, no assembly required. All we had to do was hang the TV and organize all of the electronics.