Today we would like to share an innovative solution to a hidden TV. Do you wish you could hide your TV? This was Stephanie’s dilemma! Her hubby, Dan brought home this large TV with his bonus and announced he wanted to hang it on the bedroom wall. 😉 She was not a happy camper, but what was she to do? She thought about it and knew if she could conceal it when not it use, create a Hidden TV Cabinet, then she would be happy!
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Browsing ideas on the web, she was inspired by this hidden TV cover from pottery barn (which is no longer available) and knew that we could build our own version for much less money. After much online searching she came up with an innovative slide system to conceal the TV.
Hidden TV Cabinet in Action
Hidden TV Cabinet: The Box
Our original plan, was that we would construct our own box that we would mount to the wall and make our own sliding mechanism to conceal the TV, but as luck would have it we found a box for this purpose at our local thrift store! It was solid, well constructed was the right size and best of all it was only $5.00 !!! 💃 There was no way we could even purchase the lumber for $5.00, so we snatched it up!
This box was constructed of 1 x 6 pine boards, painted white with a cross bar in the center to mount the TV on. While the construction was solid, we had a different vision for the finish. Stephanie’s bedroom has that relaxed coastal feel and we wanted the box to have a rustic white finish.
This box only framed the TV, there was no method for concealing it. We began by removing the decorative moulding on the front. We scored the moulding with a utility knife and then pried it off with a multi painters tool.
Next, we decided to remove the cross bar that the TV would mount on. Stephanie’s TV was already mounted to the wall with an adjustable TV mount. We marked it, and cut off the cross bar with our Bosch circular saw on the backside of the box, removing that section of wood. If you don’t own a circular saw, a jigsaw would also work.
Hidden TV Cabinet: Adding Reclaimed Lumber
I’m so blessed with friends who are always on the look out for scrap wood that I could possibly use. Well, I had a stack of tongue and groove lap siding that a dear friend had brought me when a garage was being taken down. I knew that it would give Stephanie’s hidden TV box the perfect finish.
We began by using the table saw and trimmed off the tongue and groove edges from each board.
Our plan was to just cover the existing box with this chippy, white lumber. We began covering the outer edges of the box. Using our chop saw, we mitered the edges of the wood, with a 45° cut. We cut 2 sides, then made sure the fit was good before we actually attached it to the hidden TV box.
Once all the sides were covered with the chippy boards, we began to cut pieces to cover the front edge. We again made mitered cuts and glued and nailed them into position.
Hidden TV Cabinet: Touch up with Paint
We then covered up the raw wood with some white paint where we had to trim the wood. We did not paint over the chippy wood finish.
Hidden TV Cabinet: Seal the Chippy Finish
We had no idea if the paint on this chippy wood had lead in it and we also didn’t want it to continue to flake off. We searched for a clear coat finish we could apply that would not change the look of the wood, but would seal and protect it. We found the Varathane Triple Thick Polyurethane coating with a clear matte finish was the perfect choice. The finish went on thick and only required one coat. It has a great matte finish and did not change the rustic look that we were going for.
We applied this polyurethane finish with a brush. We love the way this particular finish went on. It was thick and sealed the chippy finish really well. We also love the matte finish, it still retains that worn, aged and weathered look that we wanted. Once dried it feels smooth to the touch.
Hidden TV Cabinet: Ready to Mount
To hang this bad boy, it took many hands! We made sure it was level and secured it to the studs in 4 different places with long wood screws.
Hidden TV Cabinet: Preparing the Art
Stephanie did a lot of research to figure out how to create a hinge, or sliding mechanism to conceal the hidden TV with art. She first found her art, which was on canvas, so she knew she did not want it to be 2 separate panels that slid to the side. She finally came up with the idea to use a drawer slides and have her panel raise vertically.
The dimensions of the canvas art did not work with the dimensions of the panel that we needed to cover the TV. We resized the canvas art and you can see the full tutorial how we did that here.
We had a piece of MDF wood cut to size at Home Depot. We measured the opening we needed to cover, plus the width of the drawer slides with a 1/4″ additional border on each side. We love the friendly workers at Home Depot who are always so willing to help us. It’s so much easier to have is cut to size there, than trying to handle a large piece of lumber on our table saw. What we both would really like is to have a saw set up like they have at Home Depot. Wouldn’t that be amazing on one wall of my garage? 😍 One can only dream!
We then painted our piece of MDF with the same paint which we used on the board and batten wall Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy. We had it mixed at Home Depot in our favorite brand Behr Premium Plus Ultra. We only painted the edges and one side, since the other side would always be facing the TV.
In order for our panel to rise high enough to allow the entire TV screen to show we needed a 28″ drawer slide. At the local hardware store we were only able to find 26″ slides. With a little research Stephanie located some on Amazon. The drawer slides were $22.44 for the pair of slides.
Hidden TV Cabinet: Adding the Slides
Separating the drawer slides, we took the one that would mount to the cabinet and marked where we were going to attach it with screws. We drilled a pilot hole and then attached the slide with screws.
On the back side of our sliding panel we marked where to attach the other sliding bar. We first located the center where the bar would attach, marked the screw placement, drilled pilot holes and attached with screws.
We are getting close to the finish line, so exciting. We placed the canvas art on the back of the board, centered it and marked it with a pencil. This would give us an idea of where to attach it with screws on the back side.
We once again, drilled pilot holes, then on the front side we could see where to line up the canvas. We attached it with 4 screws, 2 on the top, 2 on the bottom.
Hidden TV Cabinet: Locking Mechanism
We now needed some sort of bar to hold up the panel when the TV was to be viewed. We came up with the idea of using this window bolt. It is attached to the inside of the hidden TV frame, one on each side with a couple of screws.
Here you can see the window bolts attached on each side. They are hardly noticeable when the panel it open and it works great!
We just love how this hidden TV cabinet turned out! When it is closed, it just looks like a fabulous piece of art on the wall.
To add to the decor on this side of the room we added a console table that we refinished with a worn and weathered look with SaltWash. You can learn more about it here.
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