This Guy Just Built The Most Beautiful TV Wall For Under $200

TV stands work well to hold your electronics, but most of them aren’t really nice to look at.

My TV sits on top of my dresser, but I’ve always wished that I had the time to build an awesome wall mount instead. While that definitely isn’t going down anytime soon because of my epic laziness, this guy made it happen without even spending a ton of money.

Imgur user cwdobbins took the idea behind floating beds and used it to craft a seriously cool wall mount in his living room. The best part is that he did it all for under $200!

This space was transformed into entertainment heaven after he was through with it!

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First, he bolted a piece of wood to the wall, creating a French cleat that would safely support the combined weight of the floating wall and TV.

Then he hammered and welded a steel frame together out of angle iron.

He wanted a cool backlight, so he installed LED strips onto the frame.

Next, he cut some wood boards to size and sanded them before staining each piece.

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After applying some polyurethane finish, he got to work on screwing the boards into the frame.

When all the boards were attached, it was finally time to hang this beauty up.

It was too heavy for him to lift on his own, but his transmission jack turned out to be perfect for the job.

In order to keep his TV’s electronic accessories off of the floor, he welded more angle iron into the shape of a box.

Then he created a smaller mount for the case that would be directly attached to the wall.

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Lag bolts assured that it would be nice and sturdy.

Then came the fun part — finally mounting the TV!

The only thing left to do was complete the electronics case, so the crafter cut shelving boards to enclose the box.

And for the front door of the box, he installed some hinges.

After staining all the pieces, he screwed that bad boy into the mount.

After plugging everything in, he was good to go!

Not only does he have an amazing TV wall now, but his living room looks so much classier!

I am so completely jealous of him.

Something tells me that cwdobbins is going to have a lot of trouble ever leaving that room. If you’re dying for your own floating TV wall, you can find the full instructions here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/floating-tv-mount/

22 Trash-To-Treasure DIY Projects For Stuff You’d Normally Throw Away

I love getting my money’s worth out of every purchase I make.

If that means I have to wear beaten-up shoes until the soles are worn through, I will. Even when it’s finally time to send something to the dump, I completely scan the house to make sure I can’t find some other use for it. My mother calls me a hoarder, but I call myself a upcycler.

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Upcycling is the act of repurposing an old, seemingly useless item into something with a significantly greater value. This process can be a crafter’s best friend. Before you consider throwing out that aluminum can or pitching your worn-out entertainment center, take a look at these 22 trash-to-treasure DIY projects.

1. Give your old cake pans a facelift by making a tiered display piece.

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2. Repurpose a candle jar into a cotton ball holder.

3. Transform an empty tin can into a working clock.

4. Don’t throw out another empty tissue box. Instead, make a custom desk organizer.

5. Reuse empty wooden crates as a colorful shelving alternative.

6. Who knew a headboard could make an awesome quilt holder?

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7. Those old buckets that are collecting dust in your garage could be used to make one-of-a-kind vases.

8. These hangers are perfect recipe holders.

9. With music sales going digital, you can now give your birdbath a facelift with this epic CD mosaic.

10. Give your boring clock a makeover by using paint swatch cards.

11. Never waste another coffee can again with these incredible planter buckets.

12. When the time comes to get new tires, try transforming the old ones into hanging planters.

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13. Give your kids the little kitchen they’ve always wanted by reusing an old entertainment center.

14. Turn a knife block into a kid-friendly crayon holder.

15. Take your headboard from the bedroom to the backyard by making this cool bench.

16. Upcycle old lampshades into unique floral vases.

17. Making a pinecone wreath is easy when you use a vacuum hose.

18. I can guarantee you’ve never tried making a desk organizer using broom bristles.

19. It’s never too early to start decorating for Christmas. These juice bottle snowmen should do the trick.

20. Tin can luminaries are great to have around when you’re throwing backyard parties!

21. Your dog will love you forever after you turn an old tv stand into a doggy bed.

22. Use that CD rack and make an epic garden planter.

I’ve spent the last 20 minutes looking around my room to figure out which of these upcycling projects to try first. What ones are catching your eye?

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/upcycling-diy/

They Turned An Old, Ugly Dresser Into Something You’ll Want For Your Home

A few years back, Julie and her husband were gifted a dresser. It was a nice thought, but since it didn’t really match any of their home’s decor, it sadly went unused.

When they made the decision to start looking for new TV stands, the couple was disappointed with the options. It wasn’t until they found a DIY tutorial that turned an old piece of furniture into a brand-new stand that Julie knew just what to do. She enlisted the help of her handy husband and they got to work on their outdated dresser.

This is the old dresser they otherwise had no use for.

First, her husband removed the drawers, sanded everything down, primed and painted, and added support boards for soon-to-be shelves.

The top drawers were also removed to make space for the cable box.

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New, more modern drawer pulls were added.

Adorable wicker bins would serve as catchalls for TV equipment and other entertainment devices.

What a difference some paint and small design details make!

It just goes to show that almost everything has a second life if you just give it a chance! If you’d like more DIY inspiration, check out Julie’s blog here.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/dresser-turned-tv-stand/

33 Ways Spray Paint Can Make Your Stuff Look More Expensive

It’s basically the Midas touch in a can.

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1. Your fridge just got classier with these gold spray painted magnetic alphabet letters.

2. Easiest winter decor ever: give dead branches new life with gold spray paint.

All that glitters IS gold.

3. Save tons of money on a new faucet by just spray painting the one that you have.

See how they did this here.

4. Do the same to your door knobs.

5. Christmas lights don’t have to be relegated to the holidays if you paint them gold.

Your mantel will now look straight out of a chilled-out Scandinavian home.

6. Take those orange teracotta pots to the next level.

7. Cover up that gross patio furniture mildew by spray painting DIRECTLY ONTO THE FABRIC.

Works for sun-faded cushions as well. Get the directions here.

8. DIY your own curtain rods by spray painting electrical conduit from the hardware store.

 

9. Or spray paint PVC pipe to create a seamless, custom curtain rod system.

 

See how she did this here.

10. Baby’s breath doesn’t have to look like the cheapest flower option.

You can spray paint directly onto the flowers!

11. Turn dollar store pails into metal-look tubs.

12. Tape up that boring white fridge and paint it gold.

13. Make those old vents and floor registers look like new again.

14. Give your winter galoshes an update.

Just use stencils or tape and spray on.

Or just go for an all-over color swap.

 

15. Gold spray paint + straws + string = easiest party bunting.

Directions here.

16. Make mirror orbs for your yard by spraying them with looking glass paint — your garden will look bigger.

 

Mirror, mirror on the ball. Directions here.

17. Create large, lovely planters by spray painting cheap plastic garbage cans.

 

Get the details here.

18. Make your patio furniture less boring by spraying it any color you want.

Black wrought iron is just so zzzzz. Get the directions here.

19. Turn dollar store locker baskets into Restoration Hardware-esque industrial baskets with a coat of gray spray paint.

 

Get the directions and spray paint brand here.

20. Cheap rubber mats can look downright joyful and welcoming with a bright coat of spray paint.

21. Best idea ever: spray paint measuring tape and use it instead as a growth chart for the kids.

This brilliant concept brought to you by Variations On Normal.

22. Rustoleum makes your outlets look less plastic-y.

They sell these outlet covers for like, $12 apiece at Restoration Hardware. You can now get the look for free.

23. Make any cheap-looking brass fixtures look like oil rubbed bronze.

Your dated ceiling fan can now get the makeover it so deserves. Directions here.

24. Make your vases and lamps look like mercury glass by spritzing with water, and then doing a coat of Krylon Looking Glass spray paint.

 

Get the full directions here.

25. The ultimate IKEA hack: Turning the Vittsjo shelf gold.

 

26. Makeover your dresser and cabinet hardware.

Hack! Stick those knobs into the bottom of a styrofoam egg carton before spraying.

Now you can get all 360° of each knob in one go.

27. Make your wicker basket a little less traditional with metal spray paint.

See how she did this here.

28. Do the same with one of those cheap IKEA trash bins.

Check out the transformation here.

29. Spray paint DIRECTLY ONTO LEATHER.

Mind blown. See how it’s done.

30. Transform an ENTIRE dresser.

I promise your hand will be way less tired than brush-painting. See how they did this here.

31. Make wind stakes to pretty up the garden.

They’re just ping pong balls strung onto wire stakes and sprayed with looking glass paint.

32. Spray paint a plant hanger, turn it on its side, and use it as a curtain hook.

Get the tutorial here.

33. Fake a mirrored top.

Looking glass spray paint is now officially the best thing that’s ever happened to you. Get the tutorial here.

And if you need a place to store your giant spectrum of spray paint cans….

Use rain gutters! They’ll fit perfectly.

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