4 creative DIY ideas that disguise your TV in a flash | Architectural Summary


Influencer and author of New York design Chelsey Brown chose to take her Samsung Frame TV to the next level by installing fluted detailing right next to its screen. This wall treatment is completely temporary and tenant friendly and is a great way to create additional visual interest.

To make a fluted wall treatment, you will need:

Step 1: Paint the foam dowels

Select a color and paint over the foam dowel (put them on construction paper to avoid making a mess.) Brown recommends applying two coats of paint.

Step 2: Glue the photo hanging strips

Wait at least five hours for the painted dowels to dry, Brown says. Next, glue three strips to the back of each dowel.

Step 3: Hang the pegs on the wall

Use a level to make sure the pegs are placed evenly. Brown chose to hang her pegs vertically to complement her TV; however, you can display the pegs in a horizontal or diagonal configuration.

Canvas Paneled Art

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Decoration and DIY blogger Kate of house mix was looking for a cost-effective solution to hide his television while ensuring it was turned off when not in use. She used a pre-made art print to create an aesthetic panel cover that kept her flat screen out of sight. For more details, she Blog describes complete instructions for building a frame to hide his 70 inch television.

To make canvas panel art, you will need:

Step 1: Measure the TV

You want to make sure your canvas frame is bigger than the TV. Use a tape measure to get the dimensions of the TV and determine the dimensions of the frame, which should be slightly larger than the TV.

Step 2: Cut the boards for the frame

Once you have your frame dimensions, measure and cut the wooden planks to size using a miter saw.

Step 3: Assemble the frame

Place a screw in the center of the 6 inch board and use trim screws and a drill to connect the boards and create the box frame.

Step 4: Prepare the frame for the doors

Add four 2-inch pieces (lips) to the top and bottom of the frame box front for the doors to rest on. The 2-inch-wide boards serve as attachments to the wall studs at the back.

Step 5: Customize the frame

Spray or stain the wood to transform the frame from raw to polished.

Step 6: Create panels with the canvases

Create panels by stapling (and also nailing) two canvases together in a single vertical strip. Use putty to fill the gaps between the two canvases. Repeat until you have four panels.

Step 7: Select and print the artwork

This project used artwork from Etsy, which was then printed as a four-color large-format poster via OfficeMax.

Step 8: Stick the posters on the canvases

Spray adhesive on the canvas, then wrap the poster. Use a stapler along the sides to secure.

Step 9: Attach Panels to Frame

Join the panels together and secure them to the wood frame using piano hinges. “These allow the doors to fold back on themselves,” Kate explains.

Step 10: Mount the frame to the TV

Using wall studs and lag bolts, attach the frame to the wall above the TV.

A wooden TV frame

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DIY influencer Laura Burkhalter was inspired to create a frame for her flat screen and managed to do it for just $20, using basic materials from the hardware store. This piece can easily be customized with paint. Simply select the shade that speaks to you.

To make a wooden frame, you will need:

Step 1: Cut the filling

Set the miter shears at a 45 degree angle. “Remember to measure so that the inside corners of your TV also match the inside measurements of your frame,” says Burkhalter.

Step 2: Attach the frame

Use the L-shaped brackets, screws and a drill, and connect all the trim pieces into a rectangle.

Step 3: Caulk and Paint

Caulk where the corners meet. Spray your frame in the color of your choice.

Step 4: Hang the frame

Use scrap wood to make L-shaped brackets to hang your frame above the TV. Alternatively, you can attach the frame to your TV using Velcro straps, Burkhalter notes.


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