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Disguise your TV and make it look like a work of art with this simple woodworking project! Just a few steps and you will have a DIY frame for your TV.

A few years ago we got a Frame TV from Samsung and I’ve never looked back.

I love its functionality, and equally I love the look. You can set the screen to display art, paintings, or photographs anytime you’re not watching the TV, effectively disguising the TV to look like a piece of art.

Wow! No more big black rectangle hanging on the wall.

What takes it up a notch is the frame, making it look like a real framed work of art.

But I have to be honest – as much as I love this TV, I think the price of the frame, which is sold separately by Samsung and now some other brands, is incredibly expensive.

So let’s make one yourself.

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Why make a DIY frame for your TV?

The aesthetic boost that a frame gives to your TV is undeniable, whether it’s a Samsung Frame TV or otherwise.

Disguising television as art is great!

You can definitely go out and buy a Frame for your TVIf you’re ready to go $100 in very the least. Most are closer to $200, and I’ve seen them over $300 depending on the style of frame.

This DIY frame cost us about $20 in wood and $10 in spray paint, and took about two hours to make (not including the time we spent letting the paint dry). Consider whether you also have all the tools as we did when calculating the cost of the project yourself.

Choose a template for the TV frame

The main aesthetic piece to consider when building a DIY frame for your TV is the template.

The molding or trim is the piece you’ll see face-to-face when you look at the TV, and it’s what creates the picture frame.

There are three main things to remember when choosing templates.

Choose a template that aesthetically matches your space. We wanted something with a little detail but not too much, as the space we were working in is fairly clean and clear.

Next, consider the weight of the wood. It is best to find a very light wood so that it does not add too much weight to the TV.

Finally, when choosing templates, make sure to find pieces that are not distorted. You can do this by laying the pieces on the floor at the hardware store to see if they lie flat on the ground along the length of the piece.

Watch our video for yourself

We have plenty of photo tutorials below, but it’s also a good idea to check out our DIY video here.

You can see the project in progress and get a better look at the process.

Supplies you’ll need

How to make an artistic frame for your TV

  1. Use additional wood screws to fill in the empty space in your template so that it fits snugly around your TV. You can do this in several ways, as long as the end result is the size and shape you prefer. We used a small square dowel against the inside corner of the molding and a larger square dowel to provide nice support behind the molding and around the edges of the TV. (See second image below.)
  2. Use wood glue and clamps or tape to attach these screws together and let them dry. We recommend making enough of this composition of wood to cover the entire perimeter of the TV, then making the cut.
  3. Make the cut using a miter saw at a 45 degree angle. Measure the width and height of your TV and make the cut accordingly; You will need two long pieces and two short pieces to create your rectangle.
  4. Lay the pieces face down on the floor and apply wood glue to the corners. Use clips and tape to hold them securely while they dry.
  5. Once dry, apply staples to the corner seams, on the back side of the frame.
  6. If necessary, use a Dremel tool to cut out a small section of the frame where the TV sensor is located. Sand any rough edges.
  7. Once dry, the frame should slide gently but comfortably onto your TV.

Paint your TV frame

  1. Start by sanding any rough spots and wiping down the wood to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Apply a light coat of black spray paint. Allow it to dry. Repeat if necessary.
  3. Apply several light coats of gold spray paint. Allow it to dry.
  4. Once completely dry, use fine sandpaper to very gently sand off random bits of gold paint until the black color shows slightly. This will give the paint an antique or patina look.
  5. Once you like the look, give your frame a final wipe with a soft cloth and gently slide it over your TV.

View art on your TV

The final step after mounting the frame on your TV is to choose some artwork to display!

We have a post coming soon on how to add artwork to your Samsung Frame TV, and where to find great artwork to use. Stay tuned! xoxo

Material

  • Wood molding

  • Wooden dowels

  • Black spray paint

  • Gold spray paint

  • Wood glue

tools

  • Miter saw

  • Clamps

  • Staple gun

directions

  1. Use additional wood screws to fill in the empty space in your template so that it fits snugly around your TV. You can do this in several ways, as long as the end result is the size and shape you prefer. We used a small square dowel against the inside corner of the molding and a larger square dowel to provide nice support behind the molding and around the edges of the TV. (See second image below.)
  2. Use wood glue and clamps or tape to attach these screws together and let them dry. We recommend making enough of this composition of wood to cover the entire perimeter of the TV, then making the cut.
  3. Make the cut using a miter saw at a 45 degree angle. Measure the width and height of your TV and make the cut accordingly; You will need two long pieces and two short pieces to create your rectangle.
  4. Lay the pieces face down on the floor and apply wood glue to the corners. Use clips and tape to hold them securely while they dry.
  5. Once dry, apply staples to the corner seams, on the back side of the frame.
  6. If necessary, use a Dremel tool to cut out a small section of the frame where the TV sensor is located. Sand any rough edges.
  7. Start by sanding any rough spots and wiping down the wood to remove any dust or debris.
  8. Apply a light coat of black spray paint. Allow it to dry. Repeat if necessary.
  9. Apply several light coats of gold spray paint. Allow it to dry.
  10. Once completely dry, use fine sandpaper to very gently sand off random bits of gold paint until the black color shows slightly. This will give the paint an antique or patina look.
  11. Once you like the look, give your frame a final wipe with a soft cloth and gently slide it over your TV.

Notes

The main aesthetic piece to consider when creating a DIY frame for your TV is the template.

The molding or trim is the piece you’ll see face-to-face when you look at the TV, and it’s what creates the picture frame.

There are three main things to remember when choosing templates.

Choose a template that aesthetically matches your space. We wanted something with a little detail but not too much, as the space we were working in is fairly clean and clear.

Next, consider the weight of the wood. It is best to find a very light wood so that it does not add too much weight to the TV.

Finally, when choosing templates, make sure to find pieces that are not distorted. You can do this by laying the pieces on the floor at the hardware store to see if they lie flat on the ground along the length of the piece.

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