Do you have a flat screen TV with ugly brackets to mount it like this one?
In order to hang our LCD TVs or flat screens on the wall, we have to use large industrial brackets to secure them in place. After the TV has been hung, most of the brackets are hidden, but from the side, sometimes the brackets peek out, and I have been searching for a thrifty way to cover up those ugly LCD TV brackets for a while.
I have this inner battle about hanging a TV on the wall. Honestly, ideally I would like a mirror to hang in the place of the TV and with a MAGIC touch of a button, the mirror could change to a TV. That way, the decor of the room shows a mirror 99.9% of the time, but it could function as a television at times. Wouldn’t that be nice? I looked it up once…these magic mirrors actually exist, but they are SUPER duper expensive.
So, for awhile, we, along with a lot of others out there, hung the TV on the wall pretending it was a form of art, and part of our decor. This one is specifically my friend Angie’s TV. It doesn’t look too bad. Her husband did a great job hiding the cords, and really the brackets are mostly hidden. Shown electrical cords are a major pet peeve of mine. I have to give him two thumbs up in that area.
She even bought a cute red stand to hide most of the television equipment. But, what she and her husband did next is pure brilliance. He built a frame for the TV. I have seen TV frames before at Pottery Barn, but they cost an arm and a leg.
He bought the molding at Lowes and went to town on the construction.
He had to make the frame stick off the wall precisely so that the TV would fit inside.
He also had to be careful about covering up the television sensor or else his TV remote wouldn’t work. That would be bad, very bad. Doesn’t it look GREAT!??!?
To add some fun detail, he actually stained the wood red before he painted it, then when we sanded off the paint to create a distressed look, the red added a subtle charm.
I am in love with the end result! To me it makes the wall look finished. It finishes the space and makes it look and feel decorated instead of just a television to dominate your eye.
How much did this masterpiece cost? In wood materials about $30.00, and after buying paint supplies less than $50.00. NOW THAT IS THRIFTY!
I asked Angie’s husband Eric if he would be willing to build more of these wonderful frames for those of you out there that might want one. He said he would be willing…so, are you interested? Of course it would cost more to pay him for his time and labor, but I think everyone needs one of these frames! E-mail me at allthingsthrifty at gmail dot com if you are interested and I’ll forward you on to the man in charge. 🙂