We looked into buying an entertainment center and then after a few "are you kidding, they want that much for that?" my determined husband decided to build it, and I am so glad he did!
I just went through and primed it and gave it about 3-4 coats of trim paint
Then my favorite part, I gathered things I had around the house that weren't being used and DECORATED!! My goal was to only buy from re-sale shops for decoration, so far I'm doing well (except for that HOME sign, but I did get it 50% off at Hobby Lobby)
Here is a different angle to see how the basement is set up. Honestly we haven't turned the TV on upstairs since we got our couch last week:) I hope we continue to use it like we are now. Oh yeah, the best part....not including the labor, just materials for the entertainment center cost under $200 for MDF, trim, trim paint and hardware. We had the primer paint already. Not too bad, considering we were looking at them online for $1500-$2500