Hey everyone! Merry belated Christmas! I hope you had a great holiday. We spent lots of time baking, spending time with friends, prepping for Christmas, snowboarding, and getting stuff done around the house. Speaking of getting stuff done around the house…
We finally mounted our TV in the living room. It was quite the hot mess last time you saw it:
This is a screen grab from my House Tour video because believe it or not I didn’t have a single photo of the tv propped up on a desk in front of our fireplace. I’m guessing it was subconscious avoidance on my part because I never want to remember that awful setup ever again! It sat like that for FOUR months if you can believe it.
Well whatever the case, we now have a lovely tv hanging above the fireplace.
I enlisted my boys to do all the dirty work, and they did a great job. After removing the 2nd wooden mantle mounted above the brick mantle (??), they debated for awhile how high to mount the tv above the fireplace. We ended up mounting it as low to the brick mantle as possible.
Once they figured out how high to mount the tv, they used the template that came with the mounting kit to mark where to drill the pilot holes.
The TV mount is similar to this one. I do want to note that this kit is for a lightweight TV. Or original plasma TV was too heavy for this kit so we moved it to the basement and brought up our newer much lighter weight LCD TV to mount in the living room.
Initially we were worried about mounting the kit to brick but after lots of research and reading the instructions that came with the mount it ended up being really easy. The bolts that came with the kit are approved for brick and mortar; all we had to do was drill pilot holes in the mortar before bolting the kit to the brick.
After rail was attached to the brick the boys bolted the remaining kit to the back of the TV.
Doesn’t it look great?! So much better than before.
We opted to not run the cables through the wall, mainly for two reasons: 1) It’s a brick wall and would require somehow busting a large hole in the brick to even attempt to run the cable through the wall, and 2) we are going to eventually rip all this out, widen the shelves and make them built-ins, remove the hearth, and beef up the fireplace. It’s a lot of work and hassle to run the cables through a wall that we plan to tear out sooner than later anyway.
Ben did manage to keep the cables to a minimum and really made them look neat and tidy. They are hardly noticeable runnign from the far right side of the tv onto the shelf.
Here’s a side angle so you can see what the tv looks like when you walk past the wall. It’s very minimal looking.
And one more final angle. Finally this room is starting to look a little better.
If you would like to know how to run cables through the wall, check out my previous post: How to mount your tv on the wall and hide the cords.