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!

faux firepace mantel

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. I love this! I am about to do it, and I have a question: “Then he added a thin bead of wood.” ?? Did he rip fence boards? have other old wood laying around? Can you share how he ripped the fence and to what dimension?

    Thanks!!! Great work! I appreciate you taking the time to share it!

    1. I used the table saw to rip the fence board to the width of ABOUT 3/4″, then I glued it and nailed it to the inside of the frame. I hope that helps. I am glade that you love this.

  2. Hi, I saw your frame through pinterest. Would your husband be willing to make one to sell to me? I would love one! Just let me know the price. I live in NY. Thanks!

    1. Janine, I don’t think I have the time, I am SO sorry! But i have a fun option where you can Zaarly the image and get quotes from someone local, and check out their work reviews. Just hover over an image of the frame and a “Z make this for me” icon will appear, click on it and it will take you through the porcess. (you could also see on if anyone local would build it for you!) Good luck!

  3. Good to see someone has the same vision as me. I like that you sourced out some cool weathered wood. We have a very old house and tried to make a modern TV fit in. We used the old flooring from our restoration. Nice work. I don’t think it is too dark.

  4. Looks great! However, you need a much bigger tv over the fireplace. It looks “lost” up there. The frame is awesome though!

    1. I don’t want to sound rude in anyway, but I totally disagree! If the TV were bigger the entire scale of the whole mantel would be thrown off. Right now the visual size of the TV is equal if not slightly bigger than to the space of the faux fireplace opening below, if it were any bigger, it would be totally top heavy and all visual balance would be thrown off. Balance and scale is totally lost in our design sense with all the overstuffed sofas and 60 inch tv screens. Sorry apparently I feel really strongly about this, I just miss the idea of proper scale in design.

      1. No problem…we can agree to disagree. I do love all of the remodeling you guys have done though. We have a 60″ over our mantel and it is also the size of our stone work around the fireplace. I just think maybe a few inches bigger would make it appear more balanced. It’s your house so do what makes you happy. As I said….the frame looks great. Maybe paint the wall behind the fireplace a neural color such as tan or grey would make it pop more.

  5. Wonderful idea!! I’m new to pinterest so this comes late. I would say noooo do not change or lighten the color of the frame! If you you want to lighten, add color or dimension simply change out your mantel decor. This is a WONDERFUL idea and looks absolutely stunning! If you did change it I’d love to see what you came up with! Thanks for the idea!!

  6. I think it is incredible love it…So it doesn’t acfect the sound and with the holes it can circulate air but what about changing the channels we all know that our kids and husbands are not capable of changing them except with a remote dose it affect that in any way?

    1. Lori, because our frame sat on the mantel, if we lost the remote (a daily occurrence usually) then we could just slide it forward to change the channel (which is on the side of the TV for us) So still doable, but not as easy, it is true!

      1. My husband and I are going to attempt this project, this weekend. Our TV is mounted on the wall rather than setting on a mantel. Do you think its possibe to anchor the frame from the wall? Any tips are appreciated… I am determined to have this frame ( :

        1. Brittany, I think my answer to this question would be an “L” bracket. Screw it to the wall and sit the frame on the bracket, it should work like a charm. Either that or add a block to the top of the frame that you can attahc some picture hanging hardware too. Check the hanging hardware isle at your local home store, you might get a few more ideas just by looking. GOOD LUCK! (be sure to drill the venting holes on top too!)

  7. I love this! i want to frame our televeison in our home. Do you sell these by any chance? I would love to have you make one for our televsion. Let me know!

    1. Brynne, I am thrilled that you love it. I am sorry, but I don’t sell these. I don’t have the time to. I hope that maybe you can find someone who can.

  8. Here’s a tip! Attach it to the wall on a hinge so when you need access to the tv …. You have easy access!! 🙂

  9. This is absolutely beautiful. Don’t change the color! It blends in so nicely. What a great idea. I want one!

  10. Hi,
    I was just wondering if you knew if the wood was pressure treated or not since it was used for a fence. I have some old fence wood that I was questioning if I should use indoors. Is it safe? It looks great!

  11. This is beautiful!!! I’m curious as to how you’d hang it – what type of hardware would you use? My husband and I are going to do this project but we don’t have a mantle beneath to sit it on and we’d actually have to mount it to the wall – just trying to see if you have any suggestions!

  12. I love this idea! My husband and I are going to try this, but our fireplace is rock. Any suggestions on what to do with all the wires?

    1. Stacy, one thought that I have for you is, depending on how many cords you are dealing with, you could paint them the color of your rock fireplace. And if you have a mantle you could place something in front of the cords. I hope that helps.

  13. I love this. I pinned it months ago and I keep coming back to it to hopefully one day tackle it. I have 2 mounted tv’s however one is tilted down (in the bedroom) so it’s not a strain to view it while laying in bed. Any suggestions on how one could be built with that taken into consideration?