Find out how to hang a TV over a fireplace and hide the cords!
It all started with a TV… The television has been a thorn in my side since the moment we moved into our house! I’ve tried 3 different walls in our living room, but nothing ever felt right.
I really didn’t want to put it over the fireplace because I love being able to change up the mantel and wanted to have artwork. So I was SUPER excited when I found out there was a TV that could serve both purposes: form and function!!
Last year Samsung released The Frame TV and I knew it would be perfect for our living room. It looks like artwork when you aren’t watching TV! (This isn’t sponsored, but I wanted to share this cool technology with you!)
That’s a TV over the fireplace!! 🙌🏻
Some of the features that I love are:
- It hangs like a real frame-flush against the wall.
- It comes with a good selection of artwork or you can upload your own photos.
- It has a motion sensor. The Motion Sensor detects movement and turns the screen on. When you leave, it turns off to save energy!
- There’s one, nearly One Invisible Connection™, that can connect all my devices without any messy tangled wires. The small cable comes out of the TV and there’s a box that you connect everything else too!
Here’s where the television was before I moved it over the fireplace. (You can see the evolution of the built-ins here.)
The only problem with hanging the TV over the mantel was the cord situation. I’m a freak when it comes to seeing cords-I HATE them. (You can see how I hid them in my master bedroom here.)
Since I was putting the TV over the fireplace, I didn’t want to mess with the wall…I wasn’t sure what I would find. So decided to create a facade.
How to mount tv over fireplace and hide wires:
To start, I had to remove the tongue and groove, but you will probably just have drywall. If you have brick this technique will still work but you will it will take a little more effort. Here’s a tutorial for screwing into brick: HERE.
- I used 2×2 pieces of wood to create a frame around the fireplace, securing it with 3 inch screws.
- I found the studs with a stud finder and marked them on the wall. (This is the one I have and LOVE it: HERE.)
- Then I added a 2×4 horizontally where I wanted to mount the TV and secured it into the studs.
- Next, I added in some scrap 2×1’s and 2×4’s to create a base to screw a solid piece of masonite.
- I drilled a hole right above the mantel and created a “channel” to feed the cord through. Our box for the TV is in the cabinet.
If you don’t have built-ins beside your TV, just leave a small opening for the cord when you are attaching the 2×2’s.
- I had the hardware store cut a piece of masonite to fit the exact dimensions I need to cover the wall from the mantel to the ceiling. I chose masonite because it’s so thin, but if you prefer wood, plywood would also work.
- I attached the masonite to the wooden frame I built with nails and then finished it off the edges with molding.
- I make sure I had the placement of the television in the correct spot, I used the template that came with it to pre-drill the holes and cut the opening for the cord.
You can see in the next photo, how it looked with the bracket and cut out for the wires.
I created shelving to match the opposite side using MDF that I also had cut at the hardware store.
You can see in the next picture where the holes are for the cable.
A lot of caulk and paint finished it off! Then I was able to hang the TV on the provided bracket with no cords showing!
I also added two sconces that I used this lighting trick: HERE.
Stay tuned for all the other updates that happened in this room!!
Check out the different artwork! You can change it out in seconds.