Friday, March 25, 2011

Hiding a TV Eyesore

We are in the painfully slow process of redoing our family room, little by little.  So far, we've got a new couch, new curtains (that still need to be hemmed), and a new media console, but nothing else.  I told you it was a slow process.

One of the things that has always bothered me about our family room is the huge TV on the wall.  It's not that I have a problem with enormous TVs themselves, it's just that I think they're an enormous eyesore. I prefer TVs that can be hidden inside a piece of furniture or something.  This is in direct contrast to my husband's opinion, which is:  "There IS no TV that is too big."  I will never understand why it's so important to watch a life-size version of Dog the Bounty Hunter, but hey -- that's what makes us different, I guess.

A few months ago, I was reading a great blog called John's Journal.  Maria had the greatest solution for hiding her TV.  I emailed her for the specifics, and then I totally hacked her idea.  She could not have been more gracious.  Check it out.

Now you see my TV:

Now you don't:

Okay, so you can still see a little bit sticking out on either side of the print.....but you know what I mean.  The print is from IKEA and is printed on canvas, so it's very lightweight.

We just took a trip to Home Depot and bought two L-brackets, and screwed them in to the canvas frame.

We added rubber to the underside of the bracket so it wouldn't damage the TV at all.

It's so easy to hang this up when we're having company over.  You just hook it right over the TV!

Now, I just need to figure out what we're going to do with the rest of this wall.  It's just a huge, blank wall other than the TV.  Maybe some floating shelves?

What do you think?


  1. Looks great! How creative! I feel like I must defend Dog the Bounty Hunter, though. That is a really good show...

  2. I'm going to have to steal that... GENIUS!!!!

  3. LOVE this idea and it looks awesome!

    I feel the same way about giant tv's...however, my husband would never let me cover up his precious tv! lol

    Our wall hung flat screen and all the electronics are right next to our 100 yr old Victrola Record Player...the pre-electricity wind up kind. Personally, it makes me giggle. We are on a historic homes tour every christmas and all the guys stop at the TV room (where my husband always has the football game on) and don't go any farther. The rest of the house still looks historic. It's our one Contemporary Room and I'm not allowed to touch that tv.

    as for what to do with the rest of the wall...I have seen people do gallery walls around the tv to make it blend better. It looks pretty cool.


  4. Fantastic idea! Going to have to try this!

  5. How did you cover the sides of Thr tv? I can only find canvases that are 1 1/2" deep? Thanks

  6. Very Creative Design ! I want to have that .. It will fit in my room design and to my Flat Screen Hide TV, I like it very much because of your unique design ! Have a Wonderful day !

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