Turn a Kitchen Cabinet Into a Flat-Screen TV Cover
Disguise a flat-screen TV as a decorative focal point with a kitchen wall cabinet, basic wood trim and mirrors.
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Even the most hard-core television watchers want to be able to hide their screen when the TV is not in use. Instead of a bulky entertainment center, repurpose a kitchen cabinet into TV storage. Corkboard on the inside of each door provides a place to easily display kids' artwork, inspirational quotes or favorite prints.
- flat-panel TV
- flat-panel TV bracket
- heavy-duty screws
- heavy-duty drywall anchors
- 1/4" drill bit
- 1" wood screws
- shallow-depth upper kitchen wall cabinet
- 1X2" wood trim
- wood glue
- mirror mastic
- precut mirror
- measuring tape
- reciprocating saw
- 2” paddle bit
- nail gun and brads
- roll of cork
- retractable blade
- spray adhesive
- stud finder
Choose the Proper Cabinet
Shallow upper kitchen wall cabinets come in standard sizes ranging from 12” to 48”. Based on the size of your flat-panel TV, search salvage yards, home improvement stores and big-box retailers for shallow upper kitchen wall cabinets wide and tall enough to accommodate a flat-panel TV with at least 2” of clearance all the way around the interior for proper ventilation.
Tip: Rustic, weathered cabinets can be commonly found at salvage yards and offer a much more textural, individual look than new cabinets.
In order for the cabinet to accommodate a flat-panel TV, shelves will need to be fully removed. Newer cabinets with adjustable brackets simply need to be angled up by hand and pulled out. Older cabinets with fixed shelves may need to be removed with a drill or cut out with a reciprocating saw.
To give the cabinet fronts the look and feel of a salvaged window, have 8' strips of 1X2" wood trim cut to size at a home improvement store, creating symmetrical panes along the front. Position in place, then secure using nail gun and brads or with a drill and 1" wood screws.
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