I've shared how we've been tackling some of the living room projects we've been meaning to do. We've whitewashed the fireplace, painted half the room green, built a modern style bookshelf, and added Marilyn to the mix. The list is shrinking, I think. One major improvement we finished recently was for our TV. First, my fancy cover photo, for the people who pin & want to save this project for later:
Yes, that's mood lighting.. ooh! OK back it up, here's our living room when we swapped the furniture around:
Take note of the TV, and what is holding it up. This room has been so hard to arrange, because as luck would have it, each wall has either a door, or a fireplace/heater on it. Also a stairway practically in the middle of the room. Arranging a cozy living room around those obstacles was rough, but we finally found the solution - we just have our living room "zone" as I like to call it, floating in the middle. And I love it!
But that means we need a TV stand that doesn't show the TV back to the rest of the room. This kitchen bench definitely will not do:
One technique that has helped Ralph & I get projects done faster than usual, is to make things uncomfortable for ourselves. Like when we moved in, leaving our living room completely barren and scary helped us work on the place literally every night:
So for our TV stand, we knew we wanted something to be the same height as the "interesting" stair banister, and to be flush and almost look built in. This idea can be adapted to so many different sizes, and was pretty easy to make. We started on a Saturday Morning, and finished before dinner that night. Not bad!
Read on to see how we made ours, and how you can too!
- 10.5' of 1" x 4"
- 5' of 1" x 12"
- 5' of 1" x 6"
- 15 fence boards in varying widths, cut to 5' (6 feet long usually)
- 4 1" x 1" square stakes, cut to 5' (8 feet long usually)
- Flat brackets - 3 straights, and 3 L's (like an elbow)
- 1/2" long screws, for the brackets.
- Wood Screws
- Nails - 1.5" without a head
- Wood Glue
- Heavy Duty Velcro
- Spade drill bit set (optional, for drilling wire holes)
- White Paint
- Plastic cups you don't care about (Chinese food soup containers work AWESOME)
- Clean Rag, or least favorite T-shirt
For the kick-ass lights:
Before we start, the basic idea & skeleton of this stand, consists of 3 "L"'s - standing up, connected by a ton of lumber. Here we have an L:
The larger, 1" x 12" board, has been cut to a length that is the total desired depth, minus the width of that 1 x 4. (Which is around 3.75", they are never perfect)
Kreg-Jig would be awesome. (Santa, are you reading this?!) They let you easily create pocket holes to join wood flush, in just this situation. Because I don't have a Kreg-Jig, I'm using these flat brackets:
Make 3 of those wooden L's, and be sure to keep the brackets facing the inside of the cabinet. Hence why one of ours is faced the other way:
Now start chopping all the other boards you've collected into the total width of your cabinet. Just go wild:
Here's where you can get really creative and use whatever wood you like. We used fence boards because they were CHEAP and we wanted that, dirty rustic look, even though it's a clean line TV stand. We've coined it "Modern Mountain" but we might be way off in that dept. Meh!
Look at us go, I absolutely adore this saw, it's been in TWO of my dreams:
Also, if you'd enjoy putting wood glue on any of these before you join them, by all means.. it doesn't hurt. I didn't however, just sayin.. you could.
Lay your Wooden L's on their back, and start installing a bottom board.
Use a straight edge with a right angle to make sure everything is nice and 90 degrees:
|Hi Reuben! Rest in Peace lil guy.. (full story)|
We're using only nails without heads to attach here, we only used the screws in the invisible areas.
Velcro is easy. Just join the two pieces together (scratchy to soft, like normal), then remove the backing, add a dabble of wood glue and put it in place:
Now stand this beezy up!
Fancy! Now seal the top up. We used our 1 x 6 which was cut to 5'. We used a clean pine board vs. a fence post, because we wanted this one to be a bit cleaner & prettier:
Figure out where you'll put the TV, then right behind it, place your hole. Make sure to use a spade drill bit big enough to pass the plug of the TV through, not just big enough for wires.
At this point we were pretty ancy, and wanted to "try it on" so to speak:
Now for our finish we chose to whitewash it. It's clean, it's bright, and most of all - it reflects what little light we have. We set up shop in the kitchen, so we could cook dinner at the same time. Multitasking....
**Stop here if wiring freaks you out, it's not worth a fire, just call an electrician**
One of my favorite shortcuts to get some electricity, is to chop the end off a cheap extension cord.
- The white wire goes to the Silver key (ribbed side of the cord)
- The black wire goes to brass (smooth side of the cord)
That's it. You can connect two in a row simply by cutting the long cord after the first socket, and installing it to both sockets in the same way. Just all in a row.
Then you can install your socket inside the cubbies:
Here's how the back looks, not bad at all.....
And some daytime shots, since I was major impatient the first time around:
Hooray, we're done! If you're wondering about the middle support on the left there, I did add one later because our heavy TV was causing some sag in the cheap fence boards. For yours just use the nicer wood (finished pine) boards for the platform. They are less bendy than our rustic fence boards.
I might go back and swap my boards out, and I might just leave it like this forever. You know how it goes!
So that's our TV stand, thanks for reading & if you make one, show me, show me, show me!
Here's the cover again for all you pinners out there...
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