Monday, April 2, 2012

the tv wall mount is done...

and we are loving how it looks....
the long term plan is to create some built-in shelves on either side of the fireplace.  my desk is on the right side and i am trying to find a design that we can do ourselves that will integrate a desk surface into the shelving.  the black tv stand on the left will be gone too, but we need something to house the tv components for now.  
here is a little breakdown of how we got this look.  
originally there was a mirror above the mantle.  i have always wanted built-in's on either side of the fireplace but could never figure out where to put the television.  mounting it over the fireplace was out of the question because we didn't want to have to drill through the wall and possibly mess with the chimney box behind the wall.  
then, i found this on pinterest and knew this might be the answer we were looking for. 
 we ordered mounting hardware for the tv and attached it to the wall.  i think that was the scariest part of the whole project because it scared the crap out of me to hang our tv to that little piece of metal.  we have a plasma tv and that sucker is heavy.  like really heavy.  i don't think that i slept soundly for the first few days after we hung it waiting to hear the crash in the middle of the night.  the mounting allows the tv to be pulled away from the wall about a foot, turned from side to side and tilt up and down.  i didn't touch it for a long time because i was sure that i was going to cause it to crash down.  it's really sturdy though and has been no problem at all. 
the original design inspiration used plastic lattice lath but we couldn't find that and used wood instead.  
we didn't have a specific plan. except for the one i drew on a piece of paper.  and because i am such a great artist...don threw it away, it was so good.   :)
anyway.....
we just kind of winged it.  we made a few small calculations for the placement of the vertical and horizontal cross slats and i have to say, that we did pretty good for not knowing what we were doing.  
the hardest part was trying to decide how to run the wood down the side of the fireplace.  because of the width of the mantle (which we had enlarged a couple of years ago) we didn't want there to be a huge gap between the fireplace columns and the wood slats.  had we run the long channels on the outside of the mantle, there would have been a 11 inch gap between the slats and the columns where the arrow is.  i felt that even though we were painting everything white, the dead space there would have looked out of scale.  so we lined up the inside slat flush with the mantle edge.  we had to be sure that the tract would be narrow enough for the top slat to cover the channel.  
the outside slat placement had to be big enough to accommodate the cords and still be able to be covered by the top slat so we ended up notching out the piece of slat that covered the track so we could get the design closer to the existing fireplace moulding.  the gap is just 5 inches and once painted and caulked, doesn't look at all out of scale.
i know that this sounds confusing because it was confusing to write, so if you have any questions about how we did this, feel free to email me.  
here is a close up of how we notched it out.  
(sorry about the watermark right on the spot i wanted you to see).  
we then tested out how to place the cords to make sure that the channels were wide enough to accommodate them but still narrow enough to cover them with the top slat...
we looped the cords and attached them to the back of the television and the mounting frame so that there was some slack when the tv was pulled away from the wall or turned side to side.  the extra slack would prevent the cords from pulling the slat cover away from the track.   we used zip ties to attach the cords to the frame.  easy peasy..
we tested the length of all of the cords (for the tv itself, the cable box, dvd player and surround sound system) before attaching the track cover slats. 
 there is a little room left if we decide to add another component and have to run the cord through the channels....
the top slats are nailed with thin brad nails so if we have to get at the cords for any reason, they would be easy to pull off. 
 this area will be covered when we add bookcases.     someday.  
the rest of the tracks were designed to look like raised paneling.
 and the entire wall was painted to give the space a built-in look.
there were lots of gaps where the wood met the wall.  

 these were all filled with caulking.
while i was caulking, i almost fell off of the step stool when i saw this spider on the moulding up near the ceiling.  ( i hate spiders) i had to get the vacuum cleaner to suck it off of the wall because it was too high for the dog to reach.  he likes to eat spiders and i take total advantage of that.  for real.  he's weird....

we are really happy with how this turned out...
and we are, frankly, astounded that it looks so good!!! we realize that the tv is mounted slightly off center but we were limited by the placement of the wall studs.  the tv is so heavy that we had to be sure to attach the mounting hardware to the studs.  i'll just decorate to off-set it..we can totally live with it.
the cost of this project was a little more than most of the other projects we have done in the past.  the wood slats cost a total of about $120.00 but we couldn't find anything that would work for the look we wanted other than what we used.  it was $1.27 a linear foot and we ended up using about 90 feet.
we thought about adding a crown moulding at the top where the wall meets the ceiling, and actually bought some but i think we'll wait until the built-ins are done before we worry about that.
the mounting hardware and frame for the tv was a great deal on amazon  at $59.00.  we needed longer hdmi cables so we got 15 foot ones similar to these at $14.00.  they are cheap but they work great and saw no difference in picture quality when we changed them out.  we already had the caulking so that was free.  the paint (that we already had, too) was an oops paint from home depot for $5.00, but i didn't realize when i painted the wall that although the can said eggshell, it's more of a semi-gloss than what we originally painted the mantle with.  it's okay for now but i may eventually repaint it with a satin paint so it's not too shiny.
under $200.00 for such a big change in the room.
we love it.....

60 comments:

  1. I love it! You are brave to suck it up with a vacuum! I would of ran for my life! haha So terrified of spiders!

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  2. So creative! And it looks so classy. Great job.

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  3. It looks fantastic! No one would ever know it was there to hide the wires! Good job you two : )

    That spider is huge!!!! Ahh I hate them!!

    xxx

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  4. I'm so jealous. The only thing keeping my husband from mounting it on the wall is where to put the cords. I'll have to show him this!

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  5. I love the new look! I wish we 1 - had a space we could call our own to do cool upgrades to and 2 - had the ability to said upgrades. I will be keeping the idea for the hidden cords tucked away for future reference. I'm sure that will come in handy some day! Did I mention that it all looks awesome?

    Jolie

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  6. It looks great Cindy. It is amazing how much smaller that tv looks when it is on the wall as opposed to the small tv stand.

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  7. Oh my goodness this turned out looking great! Such a professional looking job!!

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  8. This is fantastic!

    Thanks for the tutorial and pics. Love your blog. :)

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  9. So random question...I love the black stand you had your tv on before mounting it, where did you get that from??

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  10. the black stand was from target about 5 years ago, i'm not sure if they still carry them though....

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  11. Great job on getting the wires of the TV completely out of sight! Now, you don't have to worry about the TV falling off or being scratched since the children can no longer reach it. Congrats!

    Lance Vartanian

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  12. Love this! Can I ask what the color of your gray walls are?

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  13. I just wanted to let you know that I think your home is beautiful.

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  14. love your project it looks terrific and i would love to feature it if that would be ok please let me know,
    lauren

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  15. Thanks for instructing us of how to do this. Very relaxing view and such an amazing idea!

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  16. It looks great!! Thanks for the emerald suggestion on my blog!

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  17. You really did a great job, I wish my husband also have such skills so we can easily renovate our living room.

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  18. Simple way and nice idea of hiding that cords, it will help me to work out on my concept for a hidden television at our home. I hope that I can also apply my creativity in some ways. Nice blog!

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  19. This is awesome, so doing it!! For reference, what size is your TV?

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  20. Hey! I'm glad to stop by your site and know more about Wall TV Mounts . Thanks.

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  21. Zipcord extension cords used the way you have them are dangerous. If your home catches fire and that's found to be the cause, insurance will not cover.

    Unfortunately the only way to to it right would be to get a tv grade power cord long enough to go from the tv, through your slat system and down to the plug in 1 run, otherwise you'd need to put an outlet behind the tv.

    Also, the orange adapter is no good! Your TV is not grounded unless you run a ground wire from the outlet to the ground tab on the orange plug. If your tv is not grounded, you run a risk of shock.

    Looks great.

    Be safe!

    On amazon here is a 15' power cord that might be the correct type.
    http://www.amazon.com/C2G-Cables-09482-Universal-IEC320C13/dp/B000067RWH/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1399580140&sr=8-3&keywords=tv+power+cord

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  22. Love this idea, thanks for sharing! Do you by any chance remember the width of the slats that you used...they appear to be about an inch each but hard to tell for sure! Thanks so much!

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  23. Sorry if this is double comment my phone always is hard to work with! I have been looking for this solution for weeks. I cannot stand the dangling wires on our fireplace wall mounted flatscreen and we have been desperatly looking for a solution without cutting out drywall and messing with fireplace flu. Awesome!

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  24. This looks really great! I was wondering what size boards you used?

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  25. I like this idea, will probably do something close to this. I also have this tv mount and can give you two good pieces of info. If you don't know already the cords are designed to wrap around the mount and fit under the plastic cover pieces to hide them better. Second even though you were smart to attach the mount to the studs, you should be able to correct this off center problem by moving the tv off center on the mount.

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  26. It looks great! The only thing professionals would have done differently would be to join the boards covering the cords behind the TV. But the TV hides that anyway. This is very creative though and looks like a custom job. Thanks for sharing it and for the concise directions via photos!

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  27. Really? Nobody is going to comment on the TV being off center? That would drive me absolutely crazy.

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    i am a little confused on which is better. Pls tell me the reason as well
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  29. What were the dimensions of your slats. Was it lattice moulding?

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  30. Waaaay longer then I figured it would take! (I'm overly detail sensitive and added some remote LED lighting with crown molding and cabinets)
    Turned out AWESOME!!!
    THANK YOU CINDY!
    Awesome pics can be seen at topgun450@gmail.com site above

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  31. Waaaay longer then I figured it would take! (I'm overly detail sensitive and added some remote LED lighting with crown molding and cabinets)
    Turned out AWESOME!!!
    THANK YOU CINDY!
    Awesome pics can be seen at topgun450@gmail.com site above

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  32. AARGHGH!!! The tv is off center! **** OCD Intensifies!

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  33. Can you tell me where/how you hid your cable or satellite box?

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  34. Could you please tell me what size wood u used it looks like u used 2 different sizes

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  35. It looks amazing!

    Question - what will you do if you move or buy a new TV, cable box, etc? Do you have to take the board off, re wire it all, and then re attach, caulk, sand, paint it?

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  46. Awesome job!
    As for the spider, I have an agreement with them. If they come into my house I can kill them...If I go into theirs they can kill me. So far this has worked well. As I live in BC on the coast I have no worries about poisonous ones but they sure can get big here!
    I am going to be working on my wall soon, can't wait to try your fabulous idea!

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  48. What size slats did you use?

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  49. It is a really nice and well done job. In my case I find it easier just to extend the receptacle but that’s just me. About the not center tv thing this could help someone in the future just add a small piece of a 2x4 to the stud then attach the mount to the 2x4 ��

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