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After a couple of international moves in the last few years we’ve become somewhat minimalist.  Condensing our “entertainment center” to a projector was a huge step in that direction.

Usually for Christmases and birthdays Eric and I decide on one gift that we want for the family to enjoy.  So, for a little less than $400 we gave ourselves a movie theater… in our living room.

First, a look at what we were upgrading FROM…. no I’m not kidding:

hand-me-down tv

hand-me-down tv

Needless to say it was heavy, and took up a lot of space in the living room since we needed a dresser to place it on.  We decided on a projector since it can be mounted on the ceiling so it takes up no space, the screen can be HUGE and is a fraction of the cost of its flat screen counterpart.

So we dove in!  Here is Eric’s tutorial on what we did:

I ordered the this projector

, this ceiling mount, and an audio switch selector (also called an RCA splitter). We wanted to connect the computer, our Nintendo Wii, the DVD player, and the Digital TV antenna (yes, we still have old school bunny ears instead of cable).  By the way, we get over 100 channels.  For free.  Suck on THAT cable company!  I mounted the projector and ran a 25ft cable from the screen output in the computer to the HDMI port in the projector.  Then I ran all of the RCA jacks to the RCA splitter so I only had to connect one cable running from the splitter to the projector.  I then ran it all through our old hand me down surround sound system.  Presto!  We have an AWESOME home theater!  It really helped that we had a perfect spot in our living room with the couch facing a big blank wall.  I did some research and found out that the best color for a projector wall is light grey.  So I painted the wall with a VERY light grey (it always turns out darker when you put it on the wall) and it all works perfectly.  We can watch anything from Youtube videos to DVD’s and after purchasing this wireless Wii sensor, we can play the Wii on the big screen.  It’s for the kids of course.  (wink)


Here’s what the size of the “screen” looks like (with Eric standing in the way for size reference)



Getting rid of the dresser in the way also means we now have space to dance with the kids and do yoga! That might sound airy fairy but we actually do it.  I should have incorporated that in the 8 ways to play with your kids...

Date nights are cheaper, more comfortable and dog are allowed in this theater as well!



If you go out to a movie once a week and the tickets are $15 each, that’s $30 a week. In just a little over 3 months that’s $400. Boom!

What are you going to spend the rest of the year’s movie budget ($1260) on? What about next year’s movie budget?


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Sylvie McCracken is a former celebrity assistant in Hollywood turned full time entrepreneur currently living in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. She writes about treating and preventing health conditions with real food and natural remedies, as well as anything else she feels like writing about because she's a rebel like that. 😉 She also mentors entrepreneurs on her other site,