Framing in a Wall Mount Television

Well, for those of you that are not really into crafts, I am finally back with a remodeling project.  I realized lately that it is very good for my stress levels to have some small projects now and then…. and actually it was just sorta fun to be creative in a different form…



Frame a TV tutorial @remodelaholic #TV #frame #tutorial

 But back to my first love, finishing the big projects!  For the moment we are still currently working on the family room mantel.  The last time you saw it, this is what it looked like, a big huge hole on the wall!

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Later with the TV hung back up this is what it looked like.



Basically it is starting to look close to done, but the TV is screaming for a face lift.  Especially since it is sort of the main feature up there.

 Framing in a Wall Mount Television

What’s a girl to do?… pick up trash from another persons yard and build something.  ***Correction… her husband is supposed to do that for her!  Last spring here in Texas we had some big wind storms and a lot of old fences got blown over.  A neighbor down the street had about 10 whole panels just sitting by the curb.  So my awesome hubby went and collected them.  ( I like that rustic wood look like in this sign art I made a while ago)  and a whole bunch of free rustic wood sounds good to me!



He cut some boards off and laid them out to get ready to use them.

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He started with a 4 little corner blocks (old scrap wood)


He placed those blocks on the outside corner and nailed the mitered edges in place just directly thorough the front of the frame with finish nails. once it was square.

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Here he had a basic square frame, but it was just flat wood, and wouldn’t hide the TV edges very well.


He added a small bead of wood in the inside corner, for dimension.



Now because the TV is a bit deep and we need to cover up the edges, we wrapped the whole outside edge with another fence rail, and just nailed it into the block on back.  (but you can also see how it comes out on the front to add even more dimension like the center box!)






Next just set it down so that the top of the frame is, well on top…  Then drill a few holes (we did about 6) along the top for ventilation.







It was done in about an hour!  Next we just slid it over the TV…right now it just sits on the mantel… we will attach it at some point I am sure!  But here is what it looks like (we think it might be a little too dark, so we might try to lighten up the color a bit… but we also talked about making a few different frames that can be changed out… it did only take and hour after all… and the second time is always faster!

…and yeah, I didn’t move the toy basket for the “pretty pictures”… but at least most of the toys are in the basket and not strewn all over the room!




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 Well What do you think? 

It the frame too dark?  Should it be a lighter color?

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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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  1. Looks fantastic, but I have a question.
    I have been wanting to mount our flat screen on the wall above our mantle….BUT where does the DVD player go?????

    1. Stephanie, for a long time we had our DVD player on the old mantel but we just built this mantel so that the wires go through the mantel into the built in unit on the side… which is not much help if you aren’t building a mantle anytime soon! I wonder if there are any wireless units around the bend!

  2. I really like how your whole family room is turning out! I could seriously use some of that built-in power in our living room. The frame for your TV is fabulous!!! In the pictures it looks like it blends with the other wood on the mantle. It would be fun to have other frames you change it out with! I pinned this. Thanks!

  3. I don’t think it’s to dark. The tv should blend in and become part of the art work/decor and not to steal the show. I love the way you have creatively done that. It defiantly adds to your look you have created.

    Karen E.

  4. I like the frame as is, but maybe for spring/summer do something fun to match or coordinate with the curtains. Or maybe a metallic for a little bling?

  5. I like this idea, but what about the sound quality? If you’re using a home theater system it probably doesn’t matter, but if you’re not… wouldn’t the wood drown it out?

    1. Jordan,
      That is a good question, and just to clarify,we actually don’t have surround sound, and if you look really close the frame is below the speaker portion of the t.v. (in fact an annoying feature of out tv is that the bottom is a curved line, so the two bottom corners are above the opening of the frame, but you can’t see it unless you are right there) We made sure that we built the frame big enough that it wouldn’t cover the speakers… my husband dreams of surround sound. Maybe someday! …but for now we can go on watching any shows without issues!

  6. It’s beautiful; however, I also think it might be a little too dark. I’m not so much a decorator, but when you hang it on the wall, that might help a bit. Is there a way to lighten up the frame or the mantel? Also, some of those $3 fake plants from IKEA lined up between the TV and the mantel might help. Thank you for sharing your creative craftiness with us!! You are an inspiration!!

  7. Wow love this idea! Plus we actually have wood that looks about like yours. I like it because it would help camouflage our cable and electrical cords. We’re too afraid to cut into the fireplace wall to poke them inside. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  8. WOW, this is fabulous! We were thinking of doing this for the upstairs loft but we weren’t sure about the tv sticking out too far. Love how you incased it!
    thank you for linking up!