We had a surprise party at our house for my friend’s 30th (that’s right, folks, Jason and I had a baby-sitter!) so we had to get this baby moving. There’s nothing like throwing a party to set me in motion. This is what our living room looked like on Thursday:
After building the mantle Friday (I’ll write a post on that later), we framed the television Saturday, before everyone showed up. If you already have a mantle this can still be done by routing your cables through the side of the tv frame.
1. Nail Gun (We use a Rigid Rechargeable)
4. 7/16 x 2 &5/8 poplar trim
6. Drill with paddle bit attachment (we also used an oscillating multi-tool, but that was specific to our set up)
7. 1 x 4 lumber
We started out by nailing 1 x 4s into the framing of our built-ins. If you don’t have built-ins, this can still be done by building a frame above the fireplace out of dimensional lumber (1×6, probably), like so:
Dimensional lumber is never true to size, it’s always a little under, so a 1 x 4 is really .75 x 3.75, which allowed the plywood to fit flush with our built in frame. Jason cut the plywood on a table saw, however you could substitute a circular saw. The cuts don’t have to be perfect because the seams will be covered by trim.