How to Hide a Flat Panel TV With Wall Paneling
Create custom architectural wall paneling that opens to reveal a hidden flat panel TV with basic lumber, tools and this tutorial.
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Cut & Install Primed MDF Trim
Once all plywood has been installed and hinged panels and 1x2" primed MDF trim are affixed to central frame for TV, add the 1/2" primed MDF trim directly to the front of the plywood to create the paneled effect. First, measure, mark, cut and install trim around the perimeter of the wall, mitering each corner and securing to plywood with a nail gun. Next, use the height and width of the flat panel TV to determine the proper size for the panels, keeping in mind that creating panels that are half the width of the TV work best for a seamless, symmetrical look. Once proper sizing is determined, measure, mark, cut and install horizontal 1x2" primed MDF trim pieces to the plywood with a nail gun, starting directly above and below the frame for the flat panel TV (this should conceal any seams between sheets of plywood). Once horizontal pieces of MDF trim are attached (Image 1), measure, mark, cut and install vertical 1x2" primed MDF trim pieces with a nail gun, starting directly above the center of the flat panel TV frame (Image 2). When all trim is attached, finish by adding the final piece of 1x2" primed MDF trim along the leading edge of either of the hinged panels, overlapping from one and onto the other using wood glue. Note: After all trim pieces along the front of plywood are installed, measure, mark and cut two strips of 1/2" primed MDF trim to the height of the wall; attach perpendicular to wall, capping off the raw edge of the plywood.
Spackle, Sand, Caulk & Spray
When all 1x2" primed MDF trim is attached in place, fill any holes made with nail gun and screws with wood filler or spackle using a spackle knife. Once dry, sand the wood filler or spackle with a sanding block until smooth, then fill all spaces between trim, plywood and wall with caulk. Next, protect all nearby and adjacent areas with painter's plastic and painter's tape, then paint all surfaces using HVLP paint sprayer or paint rollers and paintbrushes.
Install Mounting Bracket & Hang TV
Use a stud finder to determine stud placement along wall inside of recessed flat panel TV cabinet in center of paneled wall. Next, measure and mark placement of integrated holes in TV mount (Images 1 and 2). Attach mount to wall with 3" drywall screws using a drill (Image 3). Once secure, hang flat panel TV on mount (Image 4).
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