how to make a tv cover

its no secret.

i can’t stand seeing the giant tv over our fireplace.

but it wasn’t a hill worth dying on, so i gave in.

but secretly plotted inside for years on ways to cover it up.

5 1/2 years to be exact.

we talked about all sorts of options, but nothing seemed entirely logical.

then i saw this:


and this


and i knew i could make it work!

and since i apparently can’t get much done on my own these days, i put a bee in my parents’ bonnets and they got right to work on it!

they found some great old wood down at the end of a road and took it apart, keeping all the old rusty screws.

i placed the pieces in the order i wanted and my dad attached all the boards back together, fitting just inside the opening for our tv.

and we kept the monkey busy with his own projects ;)

my dad made a hand hold to allow easy removal of the cover.  a couple blocks of wood keep the cover from touching the tv.

our tv already had this piece of removable trim so the tv could be moved if needed.

although the trim fits pretty snuggly in the opening on its own, a couple strips of velcro were added for extra security.

we kept the original screws and put them back randomly into the empty nail holes. when i want to hang something from the cover, i just pull out a screw and place it where its needed!

i can’t tell you how happy it makes me to not see the tv!

and if we do want to watch something, which is hardly ever, we can easily remove the cover and set it aside!


  1. 1

    It looks so good!

  2. 2

    That is brilliant AND beautiful!!!!!!

  3. 3

    Love this! It looks great!

  4. 4

    It looks 100% better than the TV! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5

    It looks amazing! Great Job disguising the t.v!

  6. 6

    I love this! I was just talking to someone the other day about how much I hate having my tv out!

  7. 7

    BRILLIANT!!!!! I LOVE THIS! I wish my tv was up on the wall so I could hide it. IT’s a big ugly eyesore ! I wouldn’t have one if it wasn’t for my hubby! He likes ESPN too much to get rid of it! ;)

  8. 8

    SOOO pretty! We don’t have a flat screen TV, but I love the idea anyway!

  9. 9

    Love it, that is such a great idea!!!

  10. 10

    Love it! Its a perfect idea.

  11. 11

    So cool! Love it.

  12. 12

    It looks terrific! I can’t do much about my TV right now (behemoth), but once we get a flat screen on the wall, I’m hoping to find a creative way to cover it. :)

  13. 13

    Looks great!

  14. 14

    Here’s what I really like about it…it takes some effort to move the cover so sometimes, it just may not be worth it and you end up NOT watching TV:-) Love it!!!!

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    It’s beautiful!! Your first inspiration pic has me giddy….I’ve been wanting to use reclaimed wood on the wall near my staircase but I’ve been stumped about what quote to paint on it….picture frames over top and pennants too ….may just be perfection….no commitment required! LOVE!

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    Hello, I think your tv cover looks great and v stylish, however I’m intrigued…. you say you hardly ever watch it – how little is ‘hardly ever’ if you don’t mind me asking? Do you have other tv screens that you watch instead of the big one? I know you home school, and I know you have a strong faith.. but clearly I know you also have a strong internet presence – is your desire to hide the tv an aesthetic one or a moral one and if the latter, how to you ‘screen’ the internet in your home? Sorry for all the questions – they stem entirely from someone who loves your style but is slightly floored by the idea of hiding the tv from her two young boys (lazy English mother!!) x

    • 17

      hey kirsten!

      great questions! so here’s what we do: our kids are only allowed to watch tv on saturdays, for a couple reasons. 1) because they really don’t have much time to do it otherwise, 2) because they become zombies with the tv, and 3) because there isn’t that much value in tv watching for kids. we do occasionally watch movies together as a family or i’ll let them watch a show if i just need come peace and quiet. but i watch a ton of tv while i work, just all on my computer through i watch way more than i should, more crummy tv than necessary. its just not convenient for me to watch tv in the living room since i don’t work in there. and i only watch tv when i’m working. we used to let our kids watch hours of tv each day. then they would just start turning it on even when we said no, so we literally took the tv out of the house so it wasn’t an option and now they see it just as something expected and not a normal thing. make sense?


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    Love this! What a great idea! Aren’t parents great? Glad they could help you get it done!

  18. 19

    That is awesome and gives me so many ideas for my mantle!

  19. 20

    Holy genius!!
    That’s amazing!

  20. 21

    Um, brilliant and brilliant. And beautiful!! Great job!

  21. 22

    I absolutely LOVE this idea. If I could only convince my husband it’s a good one……

  22. 23

    What a great idea! It makes such a beautiful difference.

  23. 24

    looks great.

  24. 25

    What a small world! I actually know Alicia Hutchinson….the “love one another” board. Crazy! Looks great!

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    I’m not going to lie, at first I thought the TV looked great above the fireplace but after seeing what you created, I”ll admit, I was wrong. This project is probably one of the coolest ones I’ve seen so far. Y’all did a great job!

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