It all started with this guy here. A beautiful fireplace by some fancy Italian company. In three years we never used it and we both disliked it (Maris more than me). Our apartment is well heated and having a fireplace in mid story apartments is never a good idea. I was a bit hesitant to spend money doing something that would not increase the value of the apartment but we both agreed that it was a waste of space. With two toddlers every inch of space is welcome. The top of the fireplace has a grate where a ton of junk collected over time. One day when it filled up with fish crackers Maris decided that it was time to go. After discussing what would be in its place a TV won out over a book shelf. Lucky for us the fire place was in high demand and we were able to sell it for a good price.
Maris scraped off all the wall paper. I was too lazy. We had a guy coming to do the remodeling so I just deferred to him.
The project involved quite a bit of work including electrical work.
It would have been great to get a really big and really nice TV, say a 4K 65 inch. It was too big for our budget and it would have been too big for our car. Good thing we went with the smaller size, smaller pixel version.
It's amazing how much better a TV is than a laptop, we probably should have joined the 20th century a long time ago. We mounted it a bit higher than most would have. This reduces the number of greasy finger prints on the screen. We are still adapting to TV in the 21st century. Utilizing the smart aspect of the TV has been much more difficult than I thought. Amazon Prime needs a fire stick, i-tunes needs Apple TV. Our VPN service doesn't seem to work on the TV which enables us to access US content in Europe. They do have Netflix over here (just came online about 3 months ago) but the content is limited. For example they only have two Star Trek movies!! The US netflix has all the Star Treks. Right now we might just call it quits and forget about the firestick, apple tv, and US content. We figure that we can buy used DVD's for the shows we really want to watch and pray that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) passes and will end DVD region codes and open up more US content for us in Europe.