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How to Build a TV Wall Mount Frame (page 1 of 2)

Learn how to transform an antique fireplace mantel into a flat-screen TV surround, a creative and eye-catching conversation piece that can turn any TV room into a unique area.

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  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Size Up the Project

First, choose the wall that best fits the room arrangement and traffic flow. Make sure it accommodates the size of TV to be wall mounted, that receptacles and TV cables are within easy reach, and that there is room to store a DVD player and other home theater equipment.

Step 2: Purchase Materials and Supplies

At Blog Cabin 2011, an existing circa-1905 fireplace mantel was already on site, and the TV electrics and cable for the mounting wall were predetermined and wired during to the remodel. But not all DIYers will be remodeling the TV room to accommodate a wall-hanging unit. If the wooden fireplace mantel and the TV that will fit inside it need to be researched and purchased, the following variables may be considered during research.

Locate the Mantel: If the TV is already chosen, take TV measurements and research the size of mantel needed. Research for a wall mounting mantel may include, but is not limited to, architectural salvage suppliers, old country antiques shops, and online retailers and auction sites. Used mantels range in price from $75 to more than $500.

Locate the TV: The TV variables to consider when shopping for a wall unit may include, but are not limited to, type (LCD, LED, HD, 3-D and plasma), size (measured diagonally), weight, flat-screen, make and model. Do some homework before shopping.

Choose a TV Wall Mount: While researching online, include in the Web search "TV wall mounts." There are so many wall mounting variables and options from which to choose. These may include, but are not limited to, single arm versus dual arm articulation, tight collapse profile, single stud mount versus dual stud mount and range of motion (tilt, swivel and extension from wall). Design and construction, material, finish and ease of installation are just a few more variables that will impact the decision. The smaller the TV on the wall, the simpler the choices.

Step 3: Prep the Mantel

Scrape off any loose paint chips and, to create a distressed finish, expose the bare wood.

Safety Tip: Lead-based paint is toxic. Always wear gloves and a heavy-duty dust mask when working on paint applied prior to 1978. When cleaning up, collect the paint chips, rags and dust mask in a heavy-duty garbage bag and seal. State mandates vary when dealing with lead-based paint cleanup and disposal. For further information, visit your state's department of health website.

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