Creating A Corner TV Cabinet

 

 

Ok friends…keeping it real here ( I always do) but this DIY comes with a warning & disclaimer….it was pretty hard and definitely NOT a beginner project. So, here is the story… we had this really strange and boring corner in our great room that is the only place in the room where a TV can be placed. Our current TV unit was a ling rectangle and everyone knows a rectangle does not fit into a triangle. It looked awkward and was so difficult to style and keep it functional. I had the great idea “hey let’s build a corner unit built in. If you want to know the rest of the story keep reading…

 

First of all let me say we are not professional carpenters at all. So we dove into this project a little blind but very determined. 

Second, let’s look at some old “before photo’s” And sorry the photos aren’t the best quality but it gives you an idea…(and my style has changed a lot!)

Before

 

 

After

 

 

 

Step #1 (and challenge #1)

 

 

This is not a perfect corner nor are the walls and floor perfectly level or straight. We had to determine what angle we wanted the TV to go on and the height we wanted it. Then we had to determine the width based on the base of the TV . There needed to be enough space not only for the TV but the feet of it as well since the wall angles back.

 

Step #2

 

We searched for the studs then cut 1″ x 2″ boards to serve as the support for the shelves and to determine the size the unit would be. We attached these boards into the studs for stability.

 

 

Step #3

 

Next the MDF boards that would serve as the shelves were cut to size using the support boards as guides. We used MDF boards to be sure they were strong and sturdy. We just measured the distance between the support boards end to end to determine our size and shape.

 

 

 

 

Step #4

 

Add the MDF shelves to the wood brackets on the wall and secure to the brackets.

 

 

 

 

 

Step #5

Drill holes in the lower MDF shelves for the cords to go through

 

 

Step #6

Cut the beadboard backing for the areas that would be open or exposed. Then add 1/4″ round to trim the bottom.

 

 

Step #7

Add the trim to the top half of the unit. We added crown molding to the top, then trim on the sides with a medallion for some character.

 

 

 

Step #8 (challenge #2)

Add boards to serve as the faux side doors. Originally we were going to use the MDF but because of the thickness and weight, we felt it was too heavy and would cause a lot more unnecessary gaps. So we used a thinner board instead. We also added a header across the top to hold the barn door hardware and avoid gaps in the base. We decided we only needed the center door to function so we could store and get access to the various console pieces, stereo, DVD player etc.

 

 

Step #9

The side faux doors were trimmed out to look like barn doors.

 

 

Step #10

Added the sliding hardware to the header and hung the center door after trimming it out to match the sides.

 

Step #11

Added the trim across the bottom

 

 

Step #12 (challenge #3)

Should we stain or paint. Originally I had planned to paint. Then as we looked at it we thought stain might be pretty and give a nice rustic look. However the problem was that MDF does not stain well and with the various woods, the stain color would not look consistent. So I went back to my original idea of paint and love how it turned out. (before painting we caulked the gaps and sanded)

 

 

In spite of the difficulty completing this project, it was so worth the work. I love the clean, fresh look it gives the room and is such a beautiful focal point instead of an eyesore. Can you believe what a difference one piece of furniture can make in a room?

 

 

I’m so happy with how this turned out. I changed up the furniture arrangement after Christmas and my hubby really wanted his leather chair back in the room. I love how it adds another type of texture and warmth to the room along with the new bamboo blinds….

So, let me know what you think and of course shoot me any questions you may have. Always love hearing from you. Don’t forget to subscribe so you won’t miss any posts.

 

Happy Decorating

 

January 28, 2020

  1. Mary says:

    This was one of the informative and fun post I’ve seen in awhile. It made me feel like I was apart of your challenge. And, of course, the end result is beautiful. I just love 💗 your corner cabinet. Kudos to your and husband for you math skills.
    I look forward to your posts.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Mary,

      That is so kind of you to say I really appreciate it. I’m so happy you liked the post. It was quite the project but happy with the results and glad it’s done!

      Thanks for following along,
      ~Deborah

  2. Shaun says:

    I sort of love DIY but I definitely suck.. a bit anyway… I always fill up with dread when I even see a workshop picture.. but on scrolling down you really made it look like something I might actually be able to have ago at. yay!m So thanks!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Well yay glad it inspired you. Start simple that’s the best way to get going.

      Thanks for following along.
      ~Deborah

  3. Kristina says:

    Love this look!! We have a large rectangular area set inside a wall that needs a built in added. This would look beautiful in there. Can you tell me how to support the middle? Space is 79″ H x 80″ L x 24″ W.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Kristina
      GLad you enjoyed the post. Our area wansn’t that large so we didn’t need the supports. I’m not sure what would be best for center supports. But using a heavy board for the shelf with a thicknes to it will make it more sturdy.
      Sorry I don’t have the perfect answer on that.

      Appreciate your feedback
      Deborah

  4. Brandy Hooser says:

    I absolutely LOVE your family room. We just recently bought a new house & the only place for our TV is a corner very similar to yours & I so needed an idea or inspiration on what to do or how not to make it the awkward piece of furniture in our living room. My husband will probably not be as happy I found your post as I am, but oh well he needs more to-dos added to his honey do list 😂
    And if you don’t mind telling me, where did you purchase your couches?? I have been looking everywhere for a big deep comfy couch like yours, we have a sectional now & again it can only fit one way in our living room & I’m just not pleased with how it looks, I need, ok want, a couch & loveseat similar to yours, plus my husband also has his “favorite leather chair” that has to be incorporated with other furniture as well.
    Sorry for the long winded reply, but I am so happy to have found your post & gave me some hope that I can & will have that cozy family room I’ve got pictured in my mind!!

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Brandy,

      Thanks so much for reaching out, I love hearing from followers. Here is a link to our sectional sofa. We’ve had it over 10 years and it’s been such a great piece for our family [show_shopthepost_widget id="4044879"]
      So glad you are here and inspired. Hope you’ll come back often!

      Good luck with your new home and decorating, what a fun time!

      ~Deborah

  5. Brittany Anderson says:

    I love this! Do you mind sharing the approximate cost of the project?

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Brittany,

      The approximate cost for the project was under $200 probably close to $150.
      It was definitely worth the work for that price.

      Thanks
      Deborah

  6. Jemma says:

    Love this, it seems to just clean up that area versus what it looked like before. Also, looks like it creates some space, thanks for sharing!
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  7. lisa says:

    that is a great use of the space. I am in a similar situation with needing a tv in a corner. Where did you find the super wide bamboo blinds? Thank you.

    • txbittons@verizon.net says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I found the blinds at Home Depot. There are 2 right next to each other going across the entire set of windows. Hope that helps …

      Thanks for following along,

      Deborah

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