Monday, February 1, 2016

~a great solution for disguising a tv~

How many of you are faced with this dilemma?

A gigantic big screen television over your fireplace.
It's practical if you like watching football games and having movie nights etc.
But it is such an eyesore the rest of the time!
I thought long and hard about how to resolve this issue.
There is tutorials on how to make screens with shutters and such all over the web.
But I wanted a simpler solution and something that wasn't quite so permanent. 
I thought about it long and hard and decided a picture would be nice over the top because it wouldn't have to be attached to the rock, it would just "slip over."

So I took my measurements and went scouring thrift stores for a frame large enough to cover it up.
That was when I discovered that a frame that large is very very heavy and would be next to impossible to take on and off, not to mention, it might damage the television.

So, onto plan B.
That was when I thought of Canvas Pop.
I had these canvas' made a while ago and you can customize the size and everything.
They are lightweight, so no problem with lifting it up and down, and with the idea that I could print a low res photo onto a size that big, I was excited!

I gathered the families opinion on whether it should be a family photo or something else.
We all agreed a family photo that size might look a little like "look at me!" so I dug through my old photos from our neighborhood. 

We finally all agreed and settled on this map of our neighborhood, Crystal Lake.
The colors are muted so it would blend in well and we thought it would add a bit of architectural interest.

I literally used my cell phone to snap a picture of it and sent it over to Canvas Pop with my desired dimensions.
I opted for the 2 1/2" sides so it would completely cover the sides of the television.
I also had the sides done in black to create a visual frame.

After you send the picture off, the team gets to work on getting you a proof.

The top image below is the proof I received back after selecting the black and white option.
It was pretty, but too dark for my liking so I had them lighten it up until I was happy with the color.

Once that was finished I waited a week or so and got it delivered to my door!

In order to slip it over the top of my television I did have to remove some of the wood back supports.
It was really easy to do with a hammer and pry bar.
If you are hanging yours on the wall you wouldn't need to do this.
{and I bet you could ask them to not even put them on for this purpose}

Are you curious to see what it looks like hanging over the television?

So much better!
Now I don't have to stare at a big black box when the television isn't on.
I'm really kicking myself for not thinking of this sooner.

The color is perfect.
They were able to lighten up the background enough for me without losing the detail of the map.

And now we have even more Crystal Lake history in our home!
I just love personalized art that means something, and in this case, does double duty.
Just for reference it is approx. 39" x 54"

I hope this is of help to you if you are in the same situation I was.
If you decide to do one for your own home, I'd love to see it shared on Instagram, so Tag me at my sweetsavannah and canvas pop. 


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jess said...

This is a really great idea! I love that you could really do whatever you want with it.

Shabby Sheshe said...

You're a genius!! I. Love. It!!!!

Nesting with Grace said...

Oh I might copy this!! Love it!!

apodlaskiburke said...

I love this so much! I am always looking for ideas to deal with decorating around my TV. This is such a great solution!

foreverdecorating said...

I really think this looks cool.

Debbie said...

For years, I've had this idea in my head and I've been sitting around waiting for someone else to figure-out the details.
You are brilliant! And quite generous to share it. This will be one of the most popular posts in blog-land.
Well done! Thank you.

Patti said...

I'd have to take this on and off every time I want to watch something? I must watch waaaay too much tv! Gorgeous job though!

Unknown said...

I love this idea and it looks beautiful!!

Unknown said...

It looks so good! I love the map

Nancy's Notes said...

You are so clever!!!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Very cool fix.... Ours isn't on the wall unfortunately, and is in a very awkward corner.... Still pondering ideas. Love the map though! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Ivy Lane said...

This looks amazing! I am not a fan of hanging big screen TV's on any wall... mine is in a beautiful armoire. Your Canvas Pop offers a great solution for those that have TV's mounted on walls... :)



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