So earlier this week I showed you the new Master Bedroom Dresser Wall with the Sliding Door TV Box. Now it’s time to get into the details of just how that bad boy came to be.
Please forgive the awful instructions and less than superb photography I’ve dug these photos deep out of the vault that is my laptop just for you! It’s been over a year now since they were taken, and since its also been that long since we completed the build, some of the details are a little hazy.
First things first….Mr. Salvage put together a frame for the box. Before you start this step you need to know the following:
- What will I mount my TV with and how far will it stick out from the wall?
- How tall and wide will the box need to be to fit my TV?
- How will I mount my doors to my TV box?
So with all that in mind Mr. Salvage built the box out of 1 x 6’s cut to the appropriate dimension. We chose a really low profile TV mount to minimize the depth our TV stuck off the wall, and the depth of the box to conceal it. He used (2) layers of 1x’s because the drawer hardware we used was about 1 1/2″ wide, and we needed a solid point to mount it on.
He even added a strip of really thin plywood to the face for an even better mounting point with no gaps.
Once it was all built, Mr. Salvage used wood putty to conceal all the nails he used to fasten everything.
The doors are made of fence boards I got off a new fence panel I bought at Home Depot. We cut the widths to have a more random look, some a little skinnier than others. He used cut down 1x’s again to attach all the boards to each other. We put returns on our door, so when the doors were shut they turn back to the wall and cover the side of the box.
Some more wood putty…
And a couple rounds of the power sander over everything to get it ready for paint.
I used Kilz primer on Box and Door…
And finally painted several coats of blue over everything to get the rich navy color.
We didn’t want just plain ol’ blue doors, so I got out my Silhouette Cameo and worked up a Moroccan design 12″ wide x 3′ long.
Once it is cut you’ll need to “weed” it, basically pulling off all of the vinyl you don’t need for your design.
Then use transfer tape to help apply the vinyl to your doors.
After all the vinyl had been applied, we used several coats of a clear sealer to keep the vinyl from pulling away from the painted wood. A year later, I can confirm that this works wonders! We’ve had absolutely no problem with the vinyl pulling away.
This is our basic low profile TV mount that I ordered off Amazon. Super basic, but did the job nicely for us.
After all that work getting the TV on the wall, you’ll want to conceal all those wires that are running around. We put the cable box cord through the wall cavity using two of these boxes. Make sure you’ll be able to get large plugs through the opening if you are using this type of configuration to conceal the power cord…and make sure the power cord is long enough to make it to where you need to go. (Ours wasn’t so we had to add a recessed outlet under the TV on the wall.
This project took us like 3 months to complete….and had my husband scratching his head at times…but we made it. We love the framed look it gives the TV, and our dresser wall isn’t quite so bland anymore thankfully
If you look close you can see the 2x we painted to match the box and used as a hanger
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