Saturday, March 19, 2011

Picture perfect TV - Flat Screen TV Frame



Although this amazing project was completed during my $0 budget month, we did plan for it and purchased all the materials a couple of months ago. The materials cost approximately $35, but if you hunt around or have leftovers from putting up crown molding it could cost your far less.  I will let you decide if this was cheating on the budget, but for this month I spent $0 on the frame. Since the goal was to finish projects and to use the stuff I had, I think I stayed with in my goal :o).

At Christmas, my husband and I decided rather than buying gifts for each other, we would splurge on a TV for our bedroom (42 inches for those of you wondering how it would look on your sized TV). I know there are some of you out there that are gasping and thinking "You should never put a TV in your bedroom!" I respect your opinion but I do like to lay in bed at night and watch TV.  Plus with 2 kids in this house, the moment the TV turns on in the family room, they come running and take control over what we watch. If I don't have to sit through another Hanna Montana again, I would be overjoyed.

When we purchased the TV, I made sure the one we bought had the controls on the front. Although this does not matter with modern day remote controls, I like to be able to turn the TV on and change the channel/volume without having to hunt for a remote control that is always misplaced.

I only agreed to put a TV in our bedroom because I knew that I wanted to frame it so it was less obvious. I didn't want to walk into the room and that be the one thing that you see. So I agreed to get a TV and my husband agreed to make me a Flat Screen TV Frame.

I will admit I did not participate in the making of this; I helped design it but I did no physical labor in its production. This is 100% my husband's beautiful handy work!

Before:
After:
Materials:
  • 5 inch Crown MDF molding (enough to surround the outer edge of the TV with some to spare)
  • 2x1 inch MDF molding (enough to connect the outer edge of the crown molding to the wall. You need a longer piece than the crown molding)
  • Thin trim molding(looks like the opposite of quarter round. Curves in not out)
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Wood filler/ sand paper
  • Paint
  • Hanging brackets
Method:
We (from here on out we is really my husband :)) hung the TV on the wall with a 'flush mount' bracket. This mount does not swivel or tilt, but this is what we wanted since our bed is directly across from the TV. Once mounted, there was only an inch or two of gap between the TV and the wall.
We cut two hole between the studs in the drywall (one behind the TV and one at the electrical outlet height) and dropped all the cables through. We used a special plate/kit made specifically for this, but it really is not necessary since ours is hidden by a dresser like ours.
We measured the exact width, height and depth of the TV. I would give you my measurements but this will vary for every TV and it won't help you.

We first made the crown molding part of the frame to the exact outer dimensions of the TV.  So the inner part of the crown molding frame covers  but a smidge of the outer lip of the TV. We connected the pieces together with small nails and wood glue.
We placed it over the TV to determine how much of a gap remained between the frame and the wall. We had a 2 inch gap so we used a piece of 2x1 flat trim molding to make the frame fit flush against the wall. Again, we used small nails and wood glue to secure the pieced together.
After the frame was fitting flush against the wall, we noticed we had a slight gap (on the inner part) that you could see between the TV and the frame, so we used a small piece of trim molding on the inner part of the frame to hide it (looks like quarter-round but it is curved in rather than out).

We filled in all the holes with wood fill and used caulking to hide seams. After giving the entire piece a light sand, we painted it the same black paint we used for our kitchen table. Three light coats later and it looked amazing!

In order to allow the heat and sound to come out from behind the TV, my husband removed approximately half of the 2x1 molding on the top and bottom of the frame using a router. You cannot see that the wood has been removed unless you bend down and look at it from underneath, but it does allow the TV to vent (these TVs produce a great deal of heat). I am sure you could drill a few big holes in the top and bottom too and that would allow the heat to come out.

We used picture hanging hardware to secure it to the wall. The hanging brackets were attached to the piece of 1x2. This frame weighs hardly anything since it is made of MDF but if you do this with real wood, be sure to use hangers that can hold the weight.
Here is a breakdown of where each piece of molding was used. You can see it in the above photo too (the inner white piece is the small trim, the light brown is the crown molding and the outer white piece is the 1x2) :
 And here it is, the end result again:

I still have not decided how to decorate around it. We did not center it above the dresser because I wanted to do a collage of pictures to the one side...however, it is far bigger than expected and I might just have to leave the plant for height.


Any suggestions on how to decorate this?

Oh and in case you are wondering, we do have a computer connected to the TV. My husband is an Electrical Engineer so every TV in our house also doubles as a computer monitor.

Look what I found with a little googling...a Pottery Barn version available for a crazy/ridiculous price.  I guess I create a Pottery Barn knock off their TV frame Chadwick without even knowing it :)
Source Pottery Barn

105 comments:

  1. What a great idea! My hubby is in IT and all of our TVs also double as computer monitors, ha!

    Emily
    playgroundduty.blogspot.com

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  2. That is beautiful. I want to know how to hook the tv up to the computer! Brilliant!

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  3. That's beyond amazing. I just can't believe you even THOUGHT to do this. I'm so impressed. Off to share with all my friends!!

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  4. This needs to be the next trend. How neat! I have a large TV and it is impressive but you dont want it to steal the room, so this is perfect!

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  5. AWESOME!!!! I wanted to do this in my bedroom but was unsure on how to go about it. Thank you!

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  6. just HAD to show my husband this. He fell in love just as much as I did! We've been trying to decide on how to design our tv area. thanks for the inspiration!!

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  7. $35 is awesome for this! Have you priced how much it is to BUY a frame? Because I have and I promise, $35 is a FRACTION of how much it would cost you to buy this! Great job!

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  8. This is absolutely genius!!! Lovin' it!

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  9. LOVE this framed flat screen, I have been wanting to do this for our bedroom TV - thanks for sharing how you did it !

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  10. What an amazing idea. Your hubby did a great job.

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  11. This is genius! Love how "finished" it makes it look:) Great job!


    LaKeta
    1luckeegirl.blogspot.com

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  12. Wow. I really love this! I would like to invite you to post this at my link party Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be open all week. I hope you can join in! Mary :O)

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  13. This is awesome. I love it. I'm so gonna have to do this after we move.
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  14. This is a pretty awesome idea! I just came over from not JUST a housewife! I'm your newest follower!

    Making life a bliss

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  15. You were featured today at Today's Top 20! I'd love if you stopped by!

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  16. GENIUS! I've been looking for a piece of art work that go between two painting I already have on the wall. The TV already sits on the dresser in sront of these two pieses. I love you so much!!!!!!!
    Love your blog. You inspire people to live better lives even if you do not realize it!!!!

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  17. I've been wanting to do this to our TV! Thanks for the instuctional!!!

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  18. That is such a great idea! It looks great!
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com

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  19. What a great idea! It looks sooo much prettier than just a regular TV. I hate that ours interrupts my pretty living room, haha! Thanks so much for linking up at The Little Birdie! :)

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  20. So awesome!! Would you cared if we featured this on our blog?

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  21. I am in love with this idea! I'm featuring you as One Thrifty Chick today at www.thriftyandchic.com. Come stop by :)

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  22. Consider this bookmarked for when I get a flat screen to hang on the wall. Perfect solution!!!

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  23. I LOVE this!!! I did not want to put a tv up in our bedroom...until I saw this, now I am actually quite eager to get one in there! My husband thanks you! hahaha

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  24. what a great project, definitely will keep this in mind, thank you!

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  25. Your TV looks so great with its new sharp-looking frame! I will be featuring it today. Thanks for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

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  26. I would love love to frame my TV that hangs in my livingroom unfortunately the controls are on the side and they are activated by touch...it comes in handy when the remote gets up and walks away....I see you can get frames for your TV at Michaels (that's not budget friendly..LOL)...I love that you did this with a $0 budget...That's my kind of decorating!!!

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  27. LOVE this! I'm wanting to do the same with a couple TVs, so this helped a ton!

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  28. Wow and well done! I linked this to my media solutions project post too, come on over and take a peek!

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  29. That turned out GREAT! I LOVE it!
    I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

    And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)




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  30. This is beyond genious, you should be featured in a magazine! If I was in charge of a magazine company,I would feature you! Thank you for sharing.
    Connie

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  31. Terrific idea! It looks great. I'd love to give this a try :)

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  32. Cool idea but what about your TV overheating from being enclosed with the frame?

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  33. Hello Anonymous,

    I put in the instructions that we removed part of the top and the bottom of the frame with a router (you could also drill large holes) to allow the heat to escape and the sound to come out clearly. I think this is a very important step.
    Stephanie

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  34. Looks great! How did you hide the cords at the bottom?

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    1. We cut a hole in the wall, between two studs, behind the tv and then lower behind the dresser. The cords are fed through these.
      Stephanie

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  35. Looks great. Was the sound any different after the frame was put on, vs before?

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    1. Hello, Yes the sounds is a little different. We are eventually going to buy a small sound bar that can sit on the dresser to correct this. I really don't notice the difference but my husband seems to when we watch some loud movies.
      Stephanie

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  36. is the remote control signal effected and if so how did you correct the signal blockage?

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    1. Hello Justin,

      No the remote control signal is not affected at all by doing this. As mentioned all the controls on this TV are on the front. I am not sure if other TVs would work the same though.
      Stephanie

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    2. Does it keep the heat trapped in?? They have vents for a reason and I would be worried the TV would get too hot.

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    3. You are correct, it will overheat the tv and shorten it's life.
      normally a 2" opening is required all around the tv for proper venting

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  37. I noticed this idea at a cool bar in Portland one day and decided I would look into it. What I found was that the cheapest thing close to it was between 500-2,000 bucks! so i obviously looked up a way to DIY... and I found this. Im going to try it out when me and my wife move into our new home. I will be mounting this over a fireplace so I am going to have to conceal all the wires behind the wall and route them out to another location... Thanks for the help.

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  38. Have marked your site as one of my fav's!!! Love to get something beautiful out of something 'left over' from another project!!!
    Thank you!!!!

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  39. Have there been any problems with your tv been too hot? As they tell when you buy your tv that it needs the availability to have the space to let off the heat of the tv.

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    1. Hi. No we have no problems with the TV running hot because we vented the top. This is not a TV we use all the time or for really long periods.

      Thanks,
      Stephanie

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  40. This is a really great solution, thank you for sharing it. I especially like that you and your husband allowed for ventilation -- that gets overlooked in these types of installation too often. When you mention that the TV doubles as a computer monitor, does it run off a central server, or are you using a TV that accepts a wireless signal in some way? Just my one point of curiosity :)

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    1. Hello VannsAdam,Thanks for the comment! My husband has set up this TV to run off a central server. We just change the input between TV and the computer. I hope this helps :)
      Stephanie

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  41. Hi Stephanie!
    I was wondering if you remember where you got those wall plates for the cords for the tv? I know they're not completely necessary, but I like them and can't find them at Lowe's or Home Depot.

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  42. I suggest Mercury glass.collection on the dresser with pale hydrangeas. Houzz.com will have.great ideas for decorating around.that beautiful piece. :-)

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  43. Really nice! I love the clean lines & automatic neatness it brings.

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  44. Do you have cable/or satellite? If so where did you put the boxes for them...like we have a DVR box and it needs to be by the tv.

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  45. Thanks for giving us such an interesting information about frames for flat screen and I have also Flat Screen Reviews so that you can browse more information about it.

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  46. Is there a concern that the tv could overheat causing a fire hazard due to improper ventilation?

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  47. Wow, that is very creative! And it does give aesthetic sense. Aside from it looking plain because of the wall mount, it looks rather grand. I think it will look lovely with the wall racks I have on both sides of the TV for the DVDs and the DVD player. My books have even found a place on my wall rack.

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  48. I really like the frame that you have made, less expensive rather than buying it. And the color is perfect because I like black too. Good choice!

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  49. Great execution....your husband did an amazing job. For those that are times constrained and less handy - i've used this site before - they are reasonably priced, and do a great job.

    www.highdefinitionframing.com

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