In our sun room we have a flat screen TV on the wall that just isn’t attractive. Cords are hanging everywhere, there’s nowhere to put the remote control, plus the black TV isn’t working with the serene green, lavender, and beige theme.
So, one day I had an idea. I pulled out a stored away picture frame that was about 8 inches larger than the TV. I told the hubby and his dad my idea and asked them to make a rectangle box about 1/2″ smaller than the picture frame and 8″ deep. They used 3/4″ birch plywood we had lying around and pocket screwed the four sides together. While they were building, my mother-in-law and I filled the picture frame with a scarf I received as a gift but never wore. It’s cream and lavender and works with the color scheme in the room.
Some day I’ll find a fabric that works a little better in the room. But, the scarf was free so I can’t complain!
After painting all the wood white, a notch was created for the cords.
One to the outlet and one to the antenna (we don’t have cable).
In order to attach the box to the wall, they created a 2″ x 2″ cleat. That was secured to wall with two molly bolts. Then, the box was secured to the cleat from the top with three screws.
The picture frame was attached to the box with a piano hinge. You can see the hinge at the top of the picture.
To keep the picture frame up while watching TV, a hook was screwed into a beam. You’ll see some velcro on the frame. It’s on the box as well. It keeps the frame from flapping around when closed.
We made the box large enough to place small items under the TV. Now, everything sits nice and tidy inside the box. Much better!
And the TV is hidden away when not in use. Makes me happy!
It took about three hours to make it from start to finish. The best part is that it was FREE because everything we used we had on hand! Look around your house to find things you’re not using and re-imagine them into something you’ll love!
Have a wonderful weekend!