April 10, 2018 2 Comments
Hi friends! We get so many inquiries about our framed TV! I have decided to tell you about that today. I begged for Lance to frame our TV for more than year and last year, just before Christmas, he finally did it! I just love it because the TV is such an eye sore, but I mean we watch TV every evening, soooo ... yeah. Now when the TV is turned off, it just looks like a giant chalkboard! We have gotten so many compliments.
So I’ll just jump in. Here goes …
What you will need:
TAPE MEASURER (duh, right?!)
PINE 1 x 6 (how much lumber will depend on the size of your TV)
PINE 1 x 4 (again, you'll want to measure before you visit the hardware store)
WOOD STAIN + RAG OR BRUSH
18 GAUGE BRAD NAILS, 1 1/4"
1" SPADE BIT
4 L BRACKETS
First, we held a 1 x 4 in front of our TV to ensure that the remote would still work. We have a Dish satellite and our satellite remote works just fine. Our actual TV remote, which we never use, didn’t work too well without basically putting it right up to the TV. It still worked, but inconvenient. Nevertheless, we were in business because our main remote worked.
So Lance basically built a box around the TV first using pine 1 x 6s, as you can see in this picture. This is also where you will need the L brackets to attach the box to the wall. In lieu of L brackets, you can also use a Kreg jig to make pocket holes and screw into the wall. This is what we did, but if you'd rather buy brackets, that works also. Don't attach this to the wall until you've ventilated, which you will see in the last photo.
Then he built another box around that with the frame for the TV attached to that box, which slides over perfectly, framing out the TV. You will want to get precise measurements of your wall box to ensure that your outer frame box fits flush to the wall and over the wall box. He used brad nails and wood glue to pop the frames together.
This is an important step as TV's get hot -- Lance also drilled several 1" holes in the top of both boxes for ventilation. Do not forget this step!
We used Minwax Early American wood stain. That’s just our favorite wood stain color! If you have any questions, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do this DIY, please share a picture with us! We absolutely love seeing your photos!
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