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MHCT&M: 12 Clever Ways to Hide or Disguise a TV

Hi everyone! 
It is Friday once again, yay, and time for our final Living Room Must Have Tip Post.

 

For the most part, everyone has a television in their living rooms. And in some houses, it gets a lot of us but perhaps you don’t always want to see the large black hole that it creates. Today, I have found some great ideas to help make that tv blend in more or hide it from sight completely! 

 

 

There are a ton of great ideas that I am sure you are bound to find something that you’d like to try in your own home. 

 

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
If you have some time and want to put in some elbow grease, you can build this sliding barn door to go over your tv like Kristen Duke.

Shanty 2 Chic
Here is another diy you can build. Check out this large media cabinet from Shanty to Chic with sliding barn doors. I love the look of the doors on this one!

 Rain on a Tin Roof
Don’t feel like building anything? How about making your tv blend into the wall all together by painting your wall black. Then create a gallery wall around your tv for an extra pop.

 Home Love Stories
Have a love for old maps? Find a vintage pull down map and mount it above your tv. When you want to watch tv, just roll it up and when you don’t, you have a map as a large piece of art.

Johns Journal 
You can also use a large piece of canvas art mounted in front of your television as well. This one is a simple idea and just uses some L brackets on the back of the art and it just sits on top of the tv. Remove when you want to watch. Easy peasy! 

 Southern Living
Have a large paneled wall in your living room? How about creating a hidden area behind the paneling to conceal your tv?! No one has to even know it’s there! 

 Pottery Barn
You can also buy large Gallery Frame Covers to conceal your tv and show off some favorite photos in the process.

 It’s Just Laine
Perhaps you don’t have a lot of space and only have a small tv. I love this solution from It’s Just Laine by mounting the tv INSIDE a coffee table! So clever!

 Pottery Barn
Here’s another idea, this is a Mirror Tv Cover or you can also just mount a beautiful mirror that your have or have discovered in front of the tv.

Polished Habitat 
Don’t mind seeing your tv? Just create a gallery wall around it with large and small frames to make the tv blend into it’s surroundings.

 Ballard Designs
Shutters are also a fun way to conceal your television. You can use vintage shutters, use more decorative shutters, or anything that you find!

Classic, Casual Home

 And lastly, cover up that pesky tv with a grouping of frames that open up to expose the television. 

 

 

 There you have it! 

Do you have a way to disguise your tv or is it just out in the open for the world to see? 

Share your ideas in the comments!

 

 Join us again next week when we begin sharing tips for a whole new room in your house! 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for being here, friends! 

 

Your hostesses,

 

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MHCT&M: Creative Upcycled DIY Home Decor Projects

Hello and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 
This month we’re all about recycling and renovation projects – fun ways to give new life to vintage or worn out things. This week I’m sharing some fun tips for upcycling in Home Decor – with ideas for furniture, wall decor, pillows and more!
 

 

Furniture 
 DIY Furniture Hacks | Bed Turned Into Bench | Cool Ideas for Creative Do It Yourself Furniture | Cheap Home Decor Ideas for Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen - https://diyjoy.com/diy-furniture-hacks:  

 Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving:

 

  How Eduardo the Antique Trunk Became a Bookshelf: A Makeover Story:  
Turn an Old Door into a Bookshelf 
 Old door turned into a shelf:

 

 

DIY antique window cabinet- See how to make this super easy antique window cabinet. Great for bathroom storage or any room in your home!:  

 Wall Decor 
 

 

  Above kitchen dining window?? Dishfunctional Designs: Upcycled: New Ways With Old Window Shutters:  
Make a Creative Frame Display with a Vintage Hanger 

 

 

 

 

 

Pillows, Lamps and More 
 

Great idea for your children's room #upcycled #world #globe:  

 

A great DIY for old jeans! More:  

 How to Recover a Lampshade – take an old worn out one to new and fun!

 

 

Cozy up your home with re-purposed sweater pillows - plus the key to avoiding wavy seams when sewing with knitted fabric.

 

  
 Aren’t they great! 
 I’m all inspired to head out to the thrift stores and antique shops!
 Make sure you check back next week – we are going to be sharing some fabulous upcycled ideas for your Craft Room!
 Must Have Craft Tips & More!

 

 

Your hostesses,

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Quick End Table Makeover

I gave one our end tables a super quick little makeover last week. Nothing too crazy but since I haven’t shared much lately, I thought I would share this with all of you. 
I searched every where for a good before picture. I am sure I have a better picture some where but of course when I go to search for it, it is no where to be found. All well! So I had it in the background of a picture and cropped it so you could see it better. 
  Travis picked up this table when we lived in CO at a small consignment store about 5 minutes from our house. 
It was originally brown wood and he took the top off and replaced it with some old painted wood that was an old fence and then we painted it white. We painted the knobs and the little covers on the feet a turquoise. 
We weren’t suppose to keep this table. He redid it to just resell it and then it got put in our house and kinda stayed. lol 
So after moving and placing it in our new house in the living room, the white was way to bright with the other furniture we had so it needed a quick face lift. 
I got some American Decor Chalk Paint from Decor Art in gray and repainted the table.

The top of the table was pretty rough, Travis never sanded it, and some of the paint was flaking off so I gave it a good sanding. I didn’t want one of the girls to get a splinter from it since it was now in our main living room and would be use more. 
I then actually took some brown stain and stained the wood then freaked! It was too dark with the gray and it made the white way too cream so I eventually took some white acrylic paint and dry brushed it on the top. So much better this way and goes with the cool gray so much better! 
I repainted the knobs white and then took some silver to show off the little accents around the center. I gave the whole thing a coat with pearlescent white paint. 
I also painted the little covers on the feet white and painted them with the pearlescent paint.
 It lives on the left side of our sofa and you see it as soon as you walk into our house. It fits in so much better now with the new rug we bought and with our other tables in the room.
Here is a quick shot of the table and our new rug. 
I will share the room as a whole once our construction downstairs is complete in a few days.

allison

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Kitchen Island Makeover

You may recall that when I shared our kitchen reveal, I said that our island was slated for a makeover and I am thrilled to say that it is finally complete! 

Happy that it is finally complete since we  bought the paint for this project summer of 2013!
Here is a shot of what the island looked like in our kitchen before.
Black island, blonde top, just kinda blended in.

 
Here is a closer shot of the island before.
This is how we bought it but it had some weird spots on it like someone messed with it.
The top had a high gloss poly on it and it was so shiny!
Travis sanded the top down to bare wood on both sides.
While Travis sanded the top, I gave the entire base a sanding.
I then cleaned the whole thing up and stained the top a dark brown color.
And then it came time to paint the base and this took FOREVER!!
I pulled out my paint sprayer and thought it would so fast until my paint sprayer started to get and attitude and messed up my entire finish!!
I had to resand the whole thing and use a brush the paint on to fix it.
It is still not perfect but much better than what it was!
I put a coat of poly on the top and moved it back into the kitchen.
The yellow is so much brighter against our dark floors.
The top matches the floor and is so much better than the blonde top.
We bought some blue knobs with silver accents from World Market to finish it off. 
We decided to go with these blue knobs to tie into our teal kitchen table and chairs.
I love how it came out!
So happy that it is finally complete!

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #5

I hope you all are having a fabulous week and that you are ready for some fun!
Ready to party?! 
Good!! We are too!!
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!! 

So let’s get this party started shall we?!

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #163

Happy New Year everyone!! 
I can’t believe that it is 2014. I hope that you had a wonderful time ringing it in and that 2014 is a fabulous year for all of you. 

Let’s PARTY!  

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What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:
1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!
5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

allison

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Faux Fireplace Makeover

We were out and about one day and stopped at an Estate Sale Consignment place and saw this SUPER ugly faux fireplace.
We don’t have a fireplace in our house and talked about putting a fake one in our living room area so we thought… why not?! 
Here is what we did to make it over.
This is what this little gem looked like when we brought it home. Quite the beauty, eh?! lol
It had a insert but it was pointless. Just had fake logs that when you plugged it in just lit up, so we took it out all together.

To start, the whole piece got sanded down and I painted it white using my paint sprayer.
We planned on retiling the whole thing so we pulled off the fake brick on the hearth so the new tile would be even with the wood trim surround.
The new tile was just placed on the brick around the back area.
Obviously, this is a fake fireplace but we wanted it to blend in, so Travis knotched out the molding where the sides would meet the wall so it would slide completely to the wall. 
Travis then built a new box for the hole where the insert was. 
He had to remove the molding on the front to attach it.
Once, the new box was installed and the molding was replaced, the new tile job began.
We bought marble subway tiles from Lowe’s and they were perfect! 
Once the tile was complete, it was MY job to touch up the paint and paint the new box insert.
I had to touch up the white where Travis had to reattach the molding and a few other places.
When the white was good and dry, the pain stacking tape job began of taping off the white so I could paint the box black.
On the bottom of the box, we placed a thin piece of plexi glass.
We did this to protect the paint from any item that I may place inside the insert, mostly wax from candles.
I’m so happy to have the mantle done and can decorate it now! 
I’m still working on what I want on the inside. I want candles but not happy with what I have played with so far so back to the drawing board. 
Also, I’m playing with a final look for the mantle itself but I can’t wait for a holiday to go all out on it! 

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #101

Before the party I just want to let you guys know about the Twitter chat that will be going on all about Fall crafts and ideas. Hope you will join in! 
Check out all the details here!
 
So without further ado… It’s time to party!
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What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:
1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!
5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

allison

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{Feature Friday} #78

Happy Friday everyone! 
Do you have any big plans for the weekend? 
I am hoping, hoping being the key word here, to start on a project in my bedroom so wish me luck and that Miss P takes some good naps so I can get it done! 🙂 
I bet you all really would like to see today’s features though, right? 
Well, here ya go! 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
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Have an awesome weekend everyone!

allison

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Round Table Makeover

We had this space between our family room and kitchen that was calling for a small table. I wanted something round to make it easy to get around and so I was on the hunt for something inexpensive.  
I struggled finding anything that I liked so finally one night I was browsing Craigslist and came across a moving sale with a small round table. I contacted the seller and luckily she still had it. So a few days later I popped on over to check it out and took that bad boy home with me. 
It was in pretty good shape but it did have some dings on the legs and I wasn’t too keen on the stain color so I decided to give myself a project and gave this baby a makeover. 
Here is a before and after shot of the table. 
Like I said, it wasn’t bad before but I wanted to change it a little and give it a fun color.
I got out my trusty little sander and sanded the entire table down.

I used a dark stain, can’t remember the color at this moment, that I already had from darkening the railings in my house to give it a richer look.
Before Travis deployed, we picked up a can of Oops paint from Lowe’s so I decided to use that to paint the base. 
The color is Ocean Voyage by Valspar and I used my paint sprayer to apply it.

I am thrilled with how it came out! 
I already had some chairs so now I just have to start redoing those to match so I can actually sit down and use this table!

Linking up to some of these parties!

allison