How to Make a Hidden TV Cabinet with Mirrors (Inspired by Joanna Gaines & Pottery Barn)

by Robin

Photo source: Magnolia

As I sat with my sadness watching the very last episode of Fixer Upper there was a moment where I perked up. Did you feel it too?

They were showing the family their "Rockstar Renovation" and they paused in the living room. Above an ornate reclaimed mantel were some beautiful mirrors - gorgeous in their own right. And then - they opened them to reveal the TV!  I was awed and inspired.

I have a thing about hiding the TV.  I try to do it in all my spaces.  I just find they suck energy from the conversation and look like a bit of a black hole in an otherwise inviting space.  It's just my thing, you may not feel this way, and that's aok.  Ed couldn't care less.

When I saw this design by Joanna Gaines (that interior design sorceress) I knew I had to figure out how to make a hidden TV cabinet with mirrors!  And when I stumbled across this affordable mirror I knew just how to build it pretty easily and really affordably.

Here's what we came up with...

Quite similar, no? 
Ours is wall mounted, chunkier and not made of metal - we don't have Jimmy Don on speed dial.

As I researched how to do this project, and whether it was worth it budget-wise, I stumbled across this one from Pottery Barn.  The design is very similar - with a couple of important differences.  

But what stopped me in my tracks was the price!  Can you guess what this one goes for?

Mirror Cabinet TV Covers

$599 USD! Plus tax! Plus shipping! (You don't want to know how much it is in Canadian dollars. Approximately a mortgage payment.)

Ours cost decidedly less.  It depends what country you're buying your supplies in, but we estimate the cost at 1/4 to 1/2.

Check out the other projects in our Basement Media Room Makeover!

Here's where Ed takes over to tell you how we made it:

  • Wood and Iron Barn Door Mirror (x2)
  • 24" Continuous hinges - aka piano hinges (x4)
  • Pine for frame (see drawing below for sizes and cuts)
  • Screws & screwdrivers
  • Circular saw or table saw
  • Wood glue
  • Stud finder (for hanging securely)
  • Fusion mineral paint in Ash
  • Clasp to hold doors shut - we chose this one to coordinate with our faux shuttered window

How to:

Our sophisticated artist's rendering of building plans. 
We made ours to fit a 43" TV plus a soundbar - any tv smaller than this will work too.

Before cutting the door sections in half, remove the backs, mirrors and any hardware that will be near the cut. The mirrors are secured with hot glue, so work carefully to free them to avoid breakage. 

Use the seam on the door as a centre guide.

Rejoin the door sections using a continuous (piano) hinge on the seam you just cut. Position the hinge as shown above so that the two sections will hinge with their backs facing each other. 

Carefully align, pre-drill and hand-tighten screws alone the hinge. The wood is very soft and screws could strip easily.

Attach the piano hinges to the outside edges. These will connect to the sides of your cabinet and should hinge open/out. Follow the same align, pre-drill and hand screw procedure.

Cut the sides to your cabinet. 

We used 1"x6" pine, which is about 5-1/2" deep. This provided enough depth for both our TV and soundbar. 

Cut the side panels to 30"; this allows 1/8" top and bottom for the hinged door sections to open and close without jamming. 

Attach the door hinge section to the side piece with a few screws to verify the fit.

Cut the top and bottom sections for your frame. 

Again, we used 1"x6" pine, cut to 42-1/4". Assemble the frame.

Our frame allowed for a vent panel along the top of the cabinet. (TVs can get hot.)

We also attached a piece along the back to hang the whole unit to the wall. The box just needs to support itself- not the whole TV, so 1"x3"x42-1/4" piece of pine was adequate.

Attach the doors (again - you'll notice this common theme of: assemble, check, disassemble). 

Ours bound a bit as the hinges flex and I had to plane it to make things fit. We were maybe a little overzealous in cutting things to exactly the 'right' size. Allow yourself a margin of error in door movement. 

At this point, we also tried the unit in place briefly around our wall mounted 43" TV to see how it fit. 

If you are painting your doors, remove the rest of the hardware. The false hinge brackets pry off (carefully).

Paint the frame and doors. We used Fusion mineral paint in Ash - it holds up really well to areas where the doors might rub against the frame and various other dings and scrapes that life might throw at your cabinet. 

And the colour is gorgeous! Even my man eyes tell me so.

When the paint is dry and cured, hang your cabinet. 

First, we hung our TV directly on the wall where we wanted it.

Then we anchored the cabinet over our pre-hung TV.  We used two 2-1/2" screws. The cabinet isn't super-heavy, but you will want to anchor it securely and have help in making sure it's level, drilling the anchor holes and hanging it. 

Our sound bar covers the wall gap in the above image, but if any white space shows on yours, you can paint the wall the same colour as the cabinet to make it look like one solid unit.

Attach the doors (again).

Lastly, we added this shutter latch hardware and you are done!

This room has had a pretty dramatic makeover!  

After! 😍 In person, it feels so cozy and charming - and nothing like a basement at all. 
(That built-in media cabinet is dabomb, too - the tutorial is here!)
Faux brick wall tutorial is here. The rest are below.

Other projects in our Basement Media Room Makeover...

It's going to take us some time to get all these projects finished, photographed and posted - I can't wait!!!  

In the meantime, have you seen our other Basement Makeover Projects?  We turned a closet into a powder room (Featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazine!) & made the coziest guest room that doesn't feel like it's underground.

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  1. This looks amazing! Your design would look great in any style home. Joanna would be proud. ;)

  2. HOLY COW! That tv cover is phenomenal and what a great tutorial. I'm pinning it for future reference...we will be movin sometime in the near future and will have to find something to do with my tv. Thanks for the great idea my friend.

    1. It means a lot that you like it, Lynn! 😊 Thanks for letting me know and thanks for pinning it!


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