How’s your TV hanging?
Our TV in our bedroom was hanging in the middle of the wall with the wires exposed. Exposed unless I hid them behind a tall vase or something. Even with the wires inside the wall, I don’t usually like the TV to be hanging in the middle of the wall. It’s okay in a streamlined, modern space, but that’s not our home. Plus there’s a cable box and DVD player to contend with.
So my answer was to make a shelf that hangs just under the TV. The TV is still hanging on the wall with one of those tvhangingcontraptions.
I drew a simple bracket shape on one board. Cut it out and drew the shape on three other boards. Here’s a stack of rough cut brackets waiting to be sanded.
Our grandson is visiting for a few weeks this summer, so I had a helper. Here’s he’s sanding the brackets we cut out with the jigsaw.
The bottom of the shelf needed something…a soft curve? I nailed two small nails along the board edge about two inches from the bottom, and one nail in the center on the bottom edge. Then using a 1/4 inch dowel I placed it on top of the nails on the end and below the nail on center. Then drew the curve to cut out with the jigsaw.
I wanted the shelf to look thick, but open up so the remote works when we’re watching TV. So the shelf part is actually a long box. Above shows the side with a 45 degree cut. The “door” will sit into this 45 degree cut. As least that’s what I’m hoping for!
The long box is 4 feet long and I don’t have clamps that reach that long, so here’s a tip. Extend your longest clamp all the way and lay in place. Then hook another clamp into the head and tighten.
We used a carpenters square to lay out the brackets.
Next the box was attached and the “door.” I introduced our grandson to the new wood to barn wood technique. He wasn’t fond of the vinegar smell, but he did like the technique.
We hung the shelf directly under the TV. Above shows the “door” open and the cable and DVD boxes. I routed the wires inside the wall for about 24 inches behind the shelf to behind the dresser.
We decorated the dresser for summer with sea shells, wood thrift store beach chairs, my favorite toy dump truck, a stack of beach buckets, and fresh flowers.
Now we need to watch an old Gidget movie!
Love the rustic look mixed between the black TV and dresser.
Let me know in comments how your TV is hanging.
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