I think everyone and their mother has heard of the Samsung Frame TV. It has swept the Internet and well, it is hard not to love the way it looks. When we purchased our smart TV a couple years ago, my husband would not go for the expensive frame TV as it was overpriced just to look like a picture frame. Recently, I have seen a lot of other bloggers simply add frames to their TVs so I decided to give it a shot as well! I am not reinventing the wheel here, just giving you my take on this project with a crazy simple way to attach it to your current TV. Oh, and power towels are not necessary either! Let me show you how I made my DIY Frame TV and how I got it to display art.
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- Trim (For our TV, we purchased 2)
- Miter saw (or a hand saw like this)
- Wood glue
- 90 Degree Clamp (If you project is less than 12ft, you could try this one. We used the one we already had which is more versatile for bigger projects like my guest bathroom DIY Mirror Frame but takes a bit longer to clamp each edge.)
- Rub n buff (Antique Gold and Gold Leaf – Michaels, Home Depot, or Amazon will probably have it)
- Double sided mounting tape
- Yellow frog tape
- Satin clear enamel spray paint
*We completed this in 2 days. A great weekend project!
Hold up the trim to the tv frame and mark with a pencil where you want the furthest part of your mitered cut to be. Cut at 45 degrees. Then, cut an identical piece to the parallel side. *This is important so that your frame is square.
Repeat for the vertical pieces (or horizontal depending where you started).
We used our miter saw, but you can simply use a hand saw like the one I linked above if you are not ready to invest in power tools or do not wish to use them.
Our clamp does one corner at a time. We glued each corner with wood glue and then clamped it for at least 30 minutes before moving on to the next corner. Wipe away any excess glue right after clamping with a paper towel or finger. If it hardens, you will have to sand it later.
After letting it sit overnight, I painted the entire frame in the same green as our fireplace (Yeabridge Green Farrow and Ball using Behr paint). I did 2 coats on the front and 1 coat on the back. After the frame was dry enough (about 2 hours), I taped off the front of the frame so only the middle section was exposed. I painted the middle in a 50/50 mixture of Antique Gold and Gold Leaf Rub n’ Buff. I removed the tape right away and let the frame sit for an hour to dry.
Using a satin clear enamel spray paint, I did a couple light coats a minute apart on the front of the frame. After about 1 hour I brought it inside for the final step. You do not need to do this step, but I like to seal the rub n buff in.
Add the double sided mounting tape to the entire back of the frame. Press the frame onto the tv (we made sure not to block the sensor at the bottom) and you are done! This would look beautiful as just one large frame on a wall or amongst a lovely gallery wall of art!
To Display Art
In order to display art, we used the Google Chromecast Ambient Mode. We selected Art Gallery and have it set to 10 minute increments. I enjoy that it changes and I get to see lots of wonderful art. You could also upload a photo of a piece of art/album to your Google photos and have that displayed instead. I am sure there are a lot of ways to do this, but this is what we settled on!
Please let me know if you have any questions on this DIY Frame TV project!
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