I am SO glad we finally pulled the trigger on building a shelf and getting a new tv!
Our old tv was too small for the room and everything was just so dark and low to the ground. I was dying to get some things off the ground and give the room a little lift.
I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on a tv mount and didn’t really want the super modern look, so I thought a shelf would be a great fit!
The brackets were less than $2 each at Home Depot. They were white but I made them look a little more aged and rugged by spray painting them Rustoleum Aged Copper, sprinkling some cinnamon on them (looks like rust!) and then sealing them up with some spray poly. Remember to also spray the screws if you do something like this, or else the bright silver will stand out like a sore thumb.
*Credit: I learned the cinnamon trick from Deanna Rio from deannario.com in an amazing Facebook group called Your Funky Junk.
The board is a 2×10 that was being thrown out at a construction site near my house. So technically it was reclaimed, but it didn’t have a nice old look. I stained it with Minwax Jacobean, while it was still wet I went over that with a mix of white paint and Penetrol. Before I let it dry I sanded the finish. It gave it the look of old barn wood in less than 5 minutes.
The best part: With sales, Best Buy gift cards and garage sale money this $700 tv cost us $70 of “real money!!!!” (money from our bank account- excluding cash from things like the garage sale or sales I make on Craigslist)
This is the before. Blah!
So what do you think? A few bucks and a few hours and I think it made a big difference!