Our DIY TV wall project quickly became my new favorite and I’m sharing what you need to know to help you recreate this accent wall! There’s so much to love about this TV wall design from the slats to the wood paneling to the color block detail! The visual interest I was able to create with this original design idea is one of the many reasons why I’m in love with this project and I hope you will be too!
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Vertical Slat Section of TV Wall Project
We started the slat section by first securing a backing of 1/4 in. plywood onto the wall. Bernard made sure to hit several wall studs while screwing in the plywood for added security. So why use backing? The backing served to protect our wall because we were gluing the slats with liquid nails. Trying to remove these slats in the future, after using liquid nails, would inevitably destroy the drywall as well. It’s definitely a personal preference in the event we decide to one day change this TV wall design.
We used 3 in. MDF slats (actual is 2-1/2 in.) which Bernard glued to the 1/4 in. plywood backing with liquid nails. Since it does take some time for the glue to fully set, he also brad nailed each slat in a couple of spots to better hold them in place. Those small nail holes were filled and sanded. Now our walls are not leveled by a long shot, so to accommodate for that, Bernard started with a horizontal piece of MDF first. That way he could fill in any visible gaps for a cleaner, final look.
As an ALTERNATIVE to the PLYWOOD BACKING, you can also use brad nails along the sides of each slat, at an angle. This should theoretically hold each slat in place.
Wood Paneling Section of the TV Wall Project
Believe it or not, the “wood panels” we used in this TV accent wall project were actually LVP FLOORING! This was such a game-changer idea and just think of all the color and texture variations available to you with this option!
Prior to installing the wood panels, Bernard first secured 3/4 in. plywood onto the wall. The reason he also used backing here was that we’d originally planned on gluing the wood panels. After installing a few of them, we quickly realized brad nailing was a much better option.
So why use two different plywood depths? I wanted the final depth of both wall details (slats and panels) to be pretty similar. Since the MDF slats were thicker than the wood panels, each backing needed to be of a different thickness to create that final even depth.
The slats bumping up directly to the wood panels on the left created a pretty clean look on that side. So, to achieve a similar look on the right side, Bernard brad nailed a corner trim along the entire height of the TV wall. He also used a jigsaw to cut out rectangular sections from some of the wood paneling to facilitate outlets.
Paint Details of the TV Wall Project
My original design for this TV wall did not include the additional green paint stripes. It wasn’t until the slats (painted in Sherwin Williams Pure White) and wood panels were installed that I realized something was missing. I think the green stripes (painted in Sherwin Williams Rosemary) created balance and completed the design beautifully! If you’d like to see some of our best paint projects, then be sure to check out our other blog posts below:
If you’ve been following us for a while, then you know the secret to our perfectly clean and crisp paint lines is PAINTABLE CAULK! Bernard applies it along the tape lines, cleans up the excess, paints, and then removes the tape promptly before the caulk dries. This process can sometimes feel like a race against the clock, but it’s SO WORTH IT!
Floating Shelves and Storage Box Details
We needed a way to hide all of the outlets and wiring necessary to operate our TV, so I included a floating shelf and storage box in the wall design. Bernard used leftover pine boards to build this but you can certainly use whatever lumber is available to you. The finished storage box had a front/face, 2 sides, and a bottom.
Bernard used a router to carve a groove into the underside of the box lid for a snug fit. We can easily remove the lid to access any wiring when necessary. Both the storage box and floating shelf were secured to the wall using floating shelf brackets. The brackets for the storage box were installed vertically while the ones for the floating shelf were installed horizontally. I had Bernard paint the floating shelf and storage box in Sherwin Williams Iron Ore. If you’d like to see other paint projects featuring this color, then check out our other blog posts below:
DIY TV Wall Project – REVEAL
This TV accent wall design and build was a true labor of love! As the project unfolded, so did the design. It’s very important to remain open-minded and accepting of change when it comes to tackling DIY projects. Things may not always go as planned and you need to be prepared to pivot. That being said, I’m totally OBSESSED with the final look! Now enjoy the beautiful photos you came to see!
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We’re slowly but surely checking off DIY projects from our guest bedroom list! With each one successfully completed, it brings us closer to wrapping up this space! I couldn’t be happier with how everything is coming together and we appreciate you guys being on this journey with us! Now that the DIY TV wall project is complete, next up is building and installing window trims! Until next time friends!