At the beginning of this month, I shared my updated living room decor with you. I made new pillows using our own designed fabric from Spoonflower in shades of coral and navy – you can find my video tutorial here. I also put together a DIY fireplace cover made from birch wood discs, made a copper light fixture for the ceiling and painted myself a new piece of art for my TV cover. I’ll admit to enjoying a little movie time now and then, so I have a large TV on the south wall of my living room. I love having it in my living room when I snuggle up for the evening, but the rest of the time I don’t want the television to be the focal point.
I know some people find the thought of making their own art daunting but it doesn’t need be! The great thing about paint is that if you don’t like it, you can just paint over it! I began with a large canvas from the craft store that completely covers my television. I love color block art pieces, so I painted stripes in varying tones of grey and coral acrylic paint to be in sync with the rest of my summer room decor. Once completely dry, I ran a thin strip of double-sided tape between the stripes and covered them with gold and silver leaf. I then covered the whole piece with clear finish to seal the foil. Ta-dah! Art!
Next, I called in my carpenter to create a frame and hanging bracket that would encase the television and make it easy to me to remove and rehang between viewings. We have prepared a tutorial below with the steps for making this. One of the benefits of this frame is that I can easily replace the artwork for each season. I’m already thinking about the next piece of art. I know exactly what it will be! ~ Lia
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If you contact a local handyman, trim carpenter or a cabinet guy. One of them can make it to where you can use slides to slide it out of the way, like a barn door or they might have access to a mechanism to where it moves out of the way so you can see the TV. whether it lifts up or slides away. There are some different options if not you can look online and order them yourself to put in. I found the barn door slides are the easiest to install. There is even a two way mirror that you can get and when the tv is off, it looks like a mirror or when it is on you see the TV. Hope this helps.
Love, love, love this idea. I’ve been toying with some ideas to turn the TV into art when not in use, but this trumps all of my ideas, and hides the mount and many wires in the back. I was thinking of hanging a deep framed piece of artwork (like you made, but open on the far side) on a side-to-side slider, so I could just slide it to the left (my TV is mounted on a large wall, so I have the space). Any thoughts on implementing that idea?
I’m not sure how that could be done but I hope you can make it happen, that’s a great idea!
lovely but not practical for my life…to move all the stuff in order to move the TV art…would just create an ugly pile somewhere else…that would stress me out! LOL
Haha I hear you!
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Seeing your amazing idea, I wonder if you could do something similar with Roman shades and the frame. Unless there would be too much heat build up?
I think it could work. They would be pulled up when the TV is on.
Wow! This is fantastic! As nice as it is to be able to watch TV in front of the fire, it would be wonderful to have something pretty to look at when you’re not. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We’d love to have you for a visit. The Door Opens Tonight 9pm Pacific Time! 🙂
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Thank you so much for your sweet comment, warms my heart! Thank you for the invite to the Link-Up Party, I would be honored to be included.
Wow this is a brilliant idea! You knocked it outta the park Lia! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂
Thanks Apryl! I am excited to see what I do with it this fall too. 😉
Very clever & quite an attractive idea Lia. Like you, I really don’t enjoy the screen being the focal point so your idea solved a problem. I also enjoyed your fireplace fix & wondered when I first saw your living room makeover how did you get all those logs stacked so neatly? Then learning that you made a faux cover it made me laugh. Great ideas. Can’t wait to see what your mantle & fireplace look like come autumn. Thanks for the inspirations.
Thank you for your kind comment, I absolutely love my updated look. The TV cover is so simple such a brilliant solution to hide the TV when I want to. For a long time I didn’t have a TV because I really don’t like the look of it and this solved the problem:-)
Love the TV cover. How do you remove the cover to view the television? Do you remove the frame as a whole piece, remove just the canvas center, or …?
It is all one piece. The canvas is attached to the cover so I lift the whole thing down. It is a bit heavy so it definitely is giving me a workout:-)
Lovely!! We just re-worked our TV wall and now I’m completely re-thinking it. This is fabulous!
Well and truly FABULOUS 🙂
You are so sweet, thank you!