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UPDATE: Sometimes when I write blog posts I have a hard time remembering what details I have and have not posted. In regards to this project, I failed to mention that the bottom plank of the tongue and groove TV wall is removable, purposefully. We won’t be removing it on a regular basis but it will allow us to remove the TV from the wall should it need repaired / replaced. If another TV were to be installed, we would only have to mess with the shorter planks framing the actual TV. So, this isn’t a completely permanent setup for those of you who worried about TV failure in the future. Hope that makes sense! Thanks for asking questions and keeping me honest.

tv wall

The horizontal planking around the TV is finished! After running out of tongue and groove mid-project, we were able to make a quick trip to Home Emporium over the Thanksgiving holiday to pick up more. While I was out running errands with the kids this past weekend, HH installed the rest of the tongue and groove and added trim.

tv wall 5

For consistency, we used the same corner trim that we have in the mudroom. It covers the outside corners of the wall and also frames out the TV. We’re happy with our decision to wrap the tongue and groove around the sides of the wall.

The planked wall covers the remote sensor on the TV. In order to power the TV on / off, we use an RF {radio frequency} receiver in the media cabinet along with an IR {infrared} transmitter on the TV. It’s too technical for my non-engineer brain but if you have questions about the specifics of our setup, you can leave them in the comments section and HH will answer them. He’s the brains behind this operation.

tv wall 1

Next up is priming and painting.

Sorry in advance to everyone on Team Leave It and Team Stain It. Painting tongue and groove is definitely a personal choice. Our hope is to make the fireplace surround and planked bump-out read as one large architectural element by painting them the same color. If the entire wall feels flat or cold with all that white, we’ve already tossed around ideas for painting the drywall a darker hue for contrast or adding a textured wall covering. I’ll let you know how it plays out but we’ll probably live with it light and bright for a while before making any concrete decisions.

So back to priming and painting…we’ll be using the same Zinsser B-I-N shellac base primer that we used on the tongue and groove ceiling to seal the knots. Then a few coats of Benjamin Moore white dove mixed in Clark + Kensington’s primer + paint {the same I used to paint the brick} will follow.

tv wall 2

And we need a Christmas tree next to the hearth!

tv wall 3

Still, it’s definitely an improvement compared to the stained red brick and exposed block wall that we lived with for over a year.

naked underdog mantel

And that’s where we were a little over two years ago! It’s been a long time comin’.

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

46 Comments

09.December.2013

I am in love!
I have to admit I was on Team Stain It, but I know once you work your magic with the white paint, it will look fantastic!
Thanks for sharing :)

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09.December.2013

Question: What happens if your tv breaks & you need to repair or replace it? Is there a way to remove it without taking down the panels? This setup just seems awful permanant to me.

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replied on December 9th, 2013

With the TV framed in, we know we’re practically begging for a TV failure. But if we were afraid of every “what if” that came into play with renovating / decorating a house, we probably wouldn’t do anything. Let’s hope the TV lasts a long while!

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replied on December 9th, 2013

I like the way you think, Amanda. As Dana mentioned, I made sure the bottom plank is removable. I have two small wire tabs at the bottom of the plank. All I have to do is pull those a bit so the bottom swings out, then I can pull the tongue of the bottom plank out of the grooves of the planks above it. Now I have complete access to the speakers, the extra cables, and the power outlet. I left enough space between the TV and the top framing to allow me to lift the TV up off the wall mount and out. So the whole TV can be removed relatively easily. Once I get the speaker cover for the bottom plank, we’ll show some more pictures.

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replied on December 10th, 2013

I figured you had some sort of solution! My life seems to be firmly ensconsed in the “anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” scenario, so these kind of questions are always the first to jump into my mind.

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09.December.2013

You and HH are very talented — it looks great!

Are the speakers below the tv still in place? Also curious what the silver thing on the wall to the right is for.

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replied on December 9th, 2013

Forgot to mention that part! The boob speakers beneath the TV are still there, behind the bottom plank. HH has the bottom plank rigged so it is removable while he waits on a speaker panel to arrive. The bottom panel will be cut to house the panel. The speaker panel is paintable and it will be painted the same color white as the tongue and groove. As you might have guessed, I’m not a fan of this idea {or surround sound in general} but it makes HH happy so I’ll just have to get over it. This is a real house!

The silver thing is the gas turnoff for the fireplace. I will probably paint it.

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09.December.2013

I’m on team, I LOVE IT no matter what you do it looks great! Im all about texture!

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replied on December 9th, 2013

Great comment! I’m with you! :D

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replied on December 9th, 2013

What they said. :) Restraint but not minimalism.

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09.December.2013

Can I be on team brick- it? I like the idea of it looking like a chimney! :)

what colour are you painting it?

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09.December.2013

Do you still have access to the T.V. or is it boxed in completely? I’m just curious as to how you might manage a premature failure of the television or plug in additional equipment if you wished. Is there enough room for the T.V. to dissipate heat? Just curious as I am contemplating something similar. Thanks.

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replied on December 9th, 2013

The bottom plank is removable so we can access the TV that way if necessary. HH also ran a bunch of different cables during renovation from the TV to an exterior wall to add media functions down the road if he wants. We purposefully left the area behind the tongue and groove uninsulated to allow heat from the TV to dissipate. Do you remember the “NO FOAM!” spray painted on the block wall?

With the TV framed in, we know we’re practically begging for a TV failure. But if we were afraid of every “what if” that came into play with renovating / decorating a house, we probably wouldn’t do anything. Let’s hope the TV lasts a long while!

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replied on December 9th, 2013

Good thinking. And good point on not worrying about what could go wrong – it can be paralysing. What is better is that you have the skills and confidence to deal with issues as they arise. Tongue and groove is not expensive and is easy to cut to size if you make a change. White paint is similarly abundant and forgiving.

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09.December.2013

Very nice – will look great painted.

What happened to the center speaker I see under the TV in the before picture? I expected to see it with googly eyes but it seems to have disappeared!

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replied on December 9th, 2013

Forgot to mention that part! The boob speakers beneath the TV are still there, behind the bottom plank. HH has the bottom plank rigged so it is removable while he waits on a speaker panel to arrive. The bottom panel will be cut to house the panel. The speaker panel is paintable and it will be painted the same color white as the tongue and groove. As you might have guessed, I’m not a fan of this idea {or surround sound in general} but it makes HH happy so I’ll just have to get over it. This is a real house!

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09.December.2013

This is great stuff, lol! It is stunning, I can’t tell you how much I love this! you guys have done some great things!

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This looks fan-freakin’-tastic!!

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09.December.2013

has it been two years already since we’ve been following along with your home remodel? Man, time flies!!

looks great!

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It looks fantastic! I can’t wait to see it painted, but I imagine you feel the same way. What a nice project to wrap up before Christmas :)

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09.December.2013

I love it! I’m on Team Dana/HH, love everything you decide on.

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09.December.2013

I too am on Team Everything Dana Does is Amazing. What a transformation! It looks so good.

jbhat

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09.December.2013

Hi Dana!
I’m glad to read you will be painting it! If you were to paint the drywall would it extend all the way into the kitchen? At first glance I thought you painted your french doors in the mudroom…it must be a bookcase of some sort!
In regards to french doors/ sliding doors…are there any “rules” for curtains? I have sliding doors in my kitchen similar to your French doors…..can I hang roman shades high with the door trim and flank with curtains (similar to your living room)? All of my windows have no trim so I don’t know how to work with it!

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09.December.2013

Painting it white is totally the way to go. Also, the words “tongue and groove” will be stuck in my head all day. Thanks! :)

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09.December.2013

Looks so great! Planking up the ceiling is awesome. And then looking at the two-years-ago shot – what a difference a vaulted ceiling makes!

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09.December.2013

looks great! what progress! i am all for doing what makes YOU happy (it IS your house, after all), so paint away!

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09.December.2013

Love it. Can’t believe the difference. The planks make it!

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That looks great! The corner trim finishes it off nicely. Here’s hoping you have no TV electrical issues in your future!

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09.December.2013

I love the idea of painting the tongue and groove white and going with a slightly darker hue for the surrounding drywall. You’ve really inspired me and I like what I see :) Thank you!

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09.December.2013

you guys have done a great job Dana. It is breathtaking!

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09.December.2013

Team stain here, just to make you think one more time. :p
Although I think whatever you do will look great…
I wonder about the all white, and that it will be just the two
rectangle black areas (TV and fireplace) that are focused on.
I squinted to try to make it all white and that was all I saw. :)

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09.December.2013

Painting it white will finish it off beautifully but… I think after a while you’ll want a contrast colour to make it pop…can’t wait to see what you decide to do!

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I like. Looks muy guapo. Looking forward to seeing it painted. Although, the bare wood finish is growing on me.

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09.December.2013

Man, were those ceilings low in the original house!

What a difference, I really love how the TV looks and hopefully it lasts awhile for you guys.

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09.December.2013

this is gorgeous dana!!! what a difference from where you started!! incredible transformation!

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09.December.2013

Wow looks amazing!

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09.December.2013

Have you considered photoshopping an elevation so you can see how it all looks before you begin painting? I know it’s your house and it’s your design decision to make, but I think the lovely natural texture and color adds a much-needed warm and organic element to the room and would demonstrate a mastery of balancing elements.

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09.December.2013

What a vision you had! And lucky you to have a HHusband to implement it so flawlessly. Wouldn’t it be nice if Santa would do the painting. It must be gratifying to see the before pics.
Margaret

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replied on December 10th, 2013

I do feel lucky that I have a husband who is handy and detail-oriented! Santa and his elves are more than welcome to paint the TV wall ;)

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10.December.2013

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!! Your home is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us.

One quick question, I can see in the background that you have something on the dark wall going in the all-in-one room. I’m dying to know what it is?

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maybe you should do a post where you play around with colors/options for painting and the do your big reveal! i think this is beautiful and would look awesome with a dark stain … but obviously painting/staining/leaving as is is a personal preference and this is your home, girl! so gorgeous, regardless! love it!

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12.December.2013

Nice work Dana and HH! Your house has come such a long way in a relatively short amount of time (though I’m sure it doesn’t feel that way).

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16.December.2013

I just stumbled on to your blog, and I love it! I love the style of your house. Where did you get your coffee table?

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replied on December 16th, 2013

Overstock! It’s actually a bench but the proportions are perfect for a coffee table in our family room.

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06.March.2014

Hey guys, would you mind letting me know what Infra Red kit you used to hide the components like STB or a DVD player. Do you need line of sight for this or does it have the capability to be in a closet. I am trying to replicate a mounted TV and am overwhelmed by the the varying specs and prices on the IR kits. Thanks in advance.

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replied on March 6th, 2014

We have a Universal (that’s the brand) RF sensor, model is RFX-250. It does NOT need to be in line of sight to work. We have ours in a media cabinet and are able to keep it closed when controlling media components. (My husband gets a kick out of controlling the TV from the bathroom, too.)

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