Canvas TV Cover Up

I haven’t posted about my DIY projects in awhile, probably because I haven’t had much time to do them! I remember being afraid I’d never get any projects done once Piglet came along, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much we’ve managed. Projects just take a bit longer, as they revolve around the precious nap time free time window! Anywho, here’s the latest, and it has to do with my 2014 to do list.

As part of my goals for 2014, we decided to cancel our cable. It’s been the best decision we’ve ever made! We still watch some of our shows, but we watch them online, all snuggled up next to the computer. It’s a planned event, and we don’t watch hours of shows. Usually we watch one, maybe two, and that’s it. So now that we’re not watching TV all the time, we have this big black box stuck on the wall.




I really wanted to get some framed artwork to cover it up, but after researching, I realized it would cost thousands. Of course I decided to do a DIY version and this is what I came up with. I ordered the map on Amazon for $16.99. I used a 40% coupon at Michaels for the extra large canvas. Slapped on some modge podge, and this whole project cost about $40. I enlisted Match’s help with the backing, where we drilled a couple of pieces of scrap wood onto the canvas frame. Then we just looped it over the TV. That way we can just lift it off if we want to watch a show or movies on the TV. Because it’s canvas, it’s very light, so it’s easy to lift off.


I think I’d eventually like to glue some wood around the edges, to give it a more finished, framed look. Even without the frame I love the way it turned out.

PS we totally staged this picture. In real life, we have a ton of baby toys all over the place. Le sigh. Someday it’ll go back to being this spotless, but this is the way we live now. Just keeping it real!



    Sarah Shumate

    I love how that looks!! Great job! And really, I think it looks great the way you’ve got it – it doesn’t need a frame to look good!

    We hardly ever watch TV, but we have one and an expensive cable package so that Cory can watch his sports games. 🙂 If it weren’t for that, we wouldn’t need it, because you’re right – you can watch everything on the computer now, including movies!


    This is such a great DIY job! Such a creative idea, I once had to come up with a canvas painting to cover an ill placed thermostat, in the middle of the room! I love you have gone TV less, I feel like I couldn’t do that, even though in the few months before moving we cut the satelitte to save money, and it really wasn’t so bad!


    What a great idea! And I love that you guys cancelled the cable. Ooof. I think I’ve told you about my issues with the TV (but that’s just because I’ve honestly never been much of a TV person. I mean, sure, there are programs I enjoy but Bryan likes to have the TV on. All. The. Time. Drives me bonkers). Anyway, I am obsessed with maps and think this is a great canvas you put together!


    Thanks for sharing! We are moving to a house with a fireplace and I was trying to think of a way to do this. I was on the right track but just over thinking it to have it constantly stay attached to the wall. We’ve been cable-less for over seven years now. I don’t miss it at all 🙂

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