I found some old shutters at the junk store and bought them for $3 each, having no idea what I would do with them. I came across some pretty awesome candleholders at the antique store and the plan hit me. I needed something to flank the tv in the den and I needed two of the same.
Plain ugly dirty $3 shutters...and below you can see why I needed something on this boring blank wall.
I painted the shutters with brown, one coat, kind of thrown on so some spots were missed to give it a vintage antiqued look. And then I sanded some of the paint off of them to distress them a little further. This was literally a five minute paint job. But I liked the end result so I stopped there.
I hung the shutters on either side of the tv and then hung the candle holders on top.
I need to come up with something to go above the tv, but for now, this is much better...