Hidden in Plain Sight (A Disguise for a Plasma TV)

We are not TV people.  We try not to turn it on too much, and in our past two houses we didn't have one on the main floor at all - it was always relegated to the basement.  With our current house's layout it just makes sense to have it in our main floor Living Room, though.  So for the first six months of living here, whether it was on or (more likely) off, we stared at this:
A giant black rectangle on our wall (not to mention the messy wires!).  I was less than thrilled with how it looked, especially since our Living Room opens to the foyer and is where we end up hanging out with guests most of the time.  I knew there had to be something we could do to hide it or at least dress it up a little, but when I started looking into solutions like this and this, I realized that we were looking at thousands of dollars to get the job done - ouch!  So like most projects start around here, this one began with our cheapness.   
A few ideas, a finalized sketch, a couple trips to the hardware store, a weekend or two of work, and about $40 later, we had this:
And while it looked better, it still looked like a (nicely framed) giant black rectangle on the wall.  So we threw together a few stretcher bars, some canvas and a little paint and are now quite pleased with the finished results:
The canvas fits exactly inside the frame and just pops in to hide the TV or out so we can watch a movie or show.  What do you think? 
I know the giant black rectangle above the fireplace is a pretty common problem, so we did document our process so we could share it -- it's fairly involved, though, so it will just have to be a post of its own (hopefully this week!).

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Rebecca said... Best Blogger Tips

That is SO neat! I can't wait to see how it was done.

Pine Tree Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute idea. Can't wait to see how you did it.

Anny said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that design - was it freehand?

cindy@cottage instincts said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome! Will you do a tutorial? Pretty please???

Sarah @ In A Dream said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea! I love it! I'm looking foward to seeing the process involved in creating this.

pk @ Room Remix said... Best Blogger Tips

Now THAT is a great idea!!! As a decorator, TV's are the bane of my existence. Love this creative way of disguising it.

That Kind of Girl said... Best Blogger Tips

That is positively brilliant! And what a lovely painting! I am in awe of this project.

Gail said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations for being this month's amazingly talented person in the Nester's Nestletter for your dining room painted wallpaper. That was truly amazing and absolutely beautiful what you did to your dining room wall.

Love what you did with your TV! You are so creative. Love following your blog.

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

That is a great idea! You are so talented!

McVal said... Best Blogger Tips

How pretty! We don't have a tv in our livingroom, but we have a computer and watch some downloaded movies in there. Wires everywhere, but at least not above the fireplace.
Someday, I'd like to get a tv like that above the fireplace and I do like that screen idea alot! Make sure you post how you did it!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Britt~you are amazing! THIS is amazing! I am loving it to pieces and shamelessly stealing this idea. Wow. This is probably the best thing I'll see all day!
~ Anne

Fifi Flowers said... Best Blogger Tips

NICE tv cover up!

Lindy said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't wait to see how you did this. By the way, you totally inspired me to take a trip to the JCP outlet in Forest Park! I hadn't been in a long time and I loved it! Great deals abound there. Thanks!

Katie Darling said... Best Blogger Tips

Genius!! I have been searching for a way to cover up the black hole above my mantel and this is just brilliant.

Cute blog I am jealous of all your yard sale finds.

Gourmet Candles Distributor said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the TV decor. Great idea.

The DIY Show Off said... Best Blogger Tips

Britt - you never cease to amaze me with your creative genius. This is gorgeous and something I can't wait to do once I get to re-doing our living room. Thanks so much for all of your inspiration! I look forward to the tutorial and hope to "show off" this project too! ;)


roseylittlethings said... Best Blogger Tips

My husband and I were wanting to do something like this. Can't wait to see the how to!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I just found your blog...thanks for all the thrifty ideas...keep it up :)

Ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Britt--just came over the Nester's newsletter--you are incredibly talented. Your dining room is gorgeous. I am so impressed.

Diana@DevineDesigns said... Best Blogger Tips

An excellent coverup! Bravo!

ani @ kindness on her tongue said... Best Blogger Tips

that's perfect!

Angie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the frame for the TV! I can't wait to see how you did this project. You are so talented!!!

nannykim at spindle cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I have seen that done and it looks great.

PinkBalloons&Macaroons said... Best Blogger Tips

great idea!! can't wait to see how you did it!! :-) I hope you have a wonderful day!! huge hugs!! Britt :-)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said... Best Blogger Tips

I like this. I've never seen this done. How does it pop in? I'm not "getting" it

Janell @ Isabella and Max said... Best Blogger Tips

That is pretty brillant...a great solution to what many people see as an eye sore!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said... Best Blogger Tips

Great solution! Well done!

Jennifer Rizzo said... Best Blogger Tips

Love that solution! What a great idea! Thanks for joining the party.. I am interested in seeing how you did it! Jen

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for all the comments! :) I will definitely try to get a tutorial up and running very soon! I guess I should explain a little better about how it "pops" in and out. We made the canvas to fit the inside of the frame perfectly, so it fits inside the rim of the frame snugly. This holds it in place, but also allows us to just pull the canvas out of the frame. Does that make sense?

Leanne said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks amazing! I can't wait to see how you did it. The frame made it look so much better, but this is incredible. I love it!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Very, very clever! I love it!

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd love to know how you accomplished this!!

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Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

A-mazing! What did you do with the wires?? I would be interested to read more details on this. Great job! (I think you'll be a contender for the give-away for sure!)

paula said... Best Blogger Tips

this looks great. cant wait to hear more.

J and Company said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! My problem is I have one of those "cubby" holes above my fireplace. I hate it because anything you put up there looks like a weird shrine. I'm stumped. But maybe I could just cover it with a giant canvas (I thought of a family photo, but it really is huge). Where did you find your print?

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job!!

Let it Shine said... Best Blogger Tips

It looks fantastic! Great idea, love having artwork over the fireplace!

Reid said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE it!!! What are stretcher frames?

Miss Mustard Seed said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks awesome! What happened to the cords?

Whitney said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks wonderful. We are remodeling and plan to put our TV on the wall, so I can't wait to see the process.

Sherron said... Best Blogger Tips

I am interested in seeing how you hid the wires.

Christina @ Boyish Charm said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so amazing! I need something to hide my flat panel projection television. Wanna come over? ;)

Kortnei said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it! This is perfect timing for me because hubby is shopping for a tv and I keep hating the way they all look (black or silver trim, yuck!). I have a question though... Does the your remote control still work even though the sensor on the tv is covered with your wood trim? Please let me know, if you have a free minute. My email is kortneinichols(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you so much!

Angie said... Best Blogger Tips

Where did the wires go? Please share a tutorial soon!

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Angie, we ran the wires through the wall and over to the components in the armoire next to the fireplace (now to our new built-in). The tutorial for the project is here: http://www.gusandlula.com/2009/09/wall-mounted-tv-disguise-tutorial.html

lovecrafts said... Best Blogger Tips

Great tutorial. i love it so much, thanks for sharing

Koni Frost said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm getting ready to do this! I LOVE IT! I was wondering if you still like it. My other concern is .. is it comfortable to view your tv above the fireplace (it is kinda high)?
Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial!!!

Jenny E said... Best Blogger Tips

looks like incredibly wall tv installation and Plasma one the most famous product now days. People are upgrading there tv with LED and LCD technology. I love it such a marvelously beautiful structural location.

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