I have, of course, included some before and after pictures from two different angles.
The new piece of furniture is the new TV stand, which technically is a coffee table. We had a big beasty entertainment unit that we bought from my parents when we first got married (otherwise known as "The Beast"). It got put to great use over the last 6 years, but as you may or may not be able to tell from the pictures, it just didn't quite go with the decor in our newer house. So we found a coffee table that we really liked and have turned it into a TV stand (you can see it better in the top After picture).
The room isn't quite finished yet though. Not only do we need to put back up some pictures and maybe add some more artwork and small details, but Les is doing some "re-vamping" to The Beast. He has cut it in half and we are still going to use the half with all the shelves for our VCR, DVD player, and stereo which are currently sitting on the floor beside the TV stand. He is going to paint it black so that it will actually match the room and...voila!
I love it all. I love the new TV stand, I still love the new paint, and I really love the new arrangement of the furniture. It makes the living room cozier and it provides a good walk-way from the front entrance to the rest of the house.
Who needs "Trading Spaces?"