Okay, we’re both new to these DIY projects so we had no idea what we were in for when we started this. Just a note, this isn’t done, we plan on installing some tile around this to finalize it. But for now, this is all you get. :)
Some advice? Make sure you have all the tools you need before you start a project. We found that out the hard way :)
Some of the benefits of creating a focal wall like this are….
- GREAT for small spaces. It takes up so little of the room and leaves the area open so you don’t feel claustrophobic.
- TV stands and bookcase style things (like our old one) jut out way too far. They’re great for storage, but that also invites clutter.
- You can hide the wires pretty easily with this focal wall.
- It’s a bit more decorative than a regular TV mount where the TV is just floating in the middle of nowhere.
- You can stain the butcher block whatever shade you want to, or decorate it however you want to.
- You can use sticky, removable wallpaper to switch up the designs over the course of different seasons or years. We should have a followup post at the end of 2013 with some styles and suggestions. :)
This is what our setup (part of, because I suck at taking pictures apparently) originally looked like. Actually, this original TV setup is an IKEA hack, but that’s for another day.
For our focal wall, we decided to go with a nice rich piece of butcher block (called Numerar at the IKEA store). We used the 73 1/4 x 39 3/8.
We picked it up from IKEA and thought it would look awesome- we intend to follow through and put an eco-friendly mini fireplace at the base so butcher block just felt perfect.
What you’ll want to do first is measure out how high you want the focal piece to go. We did our from crown molding by the ceiling to the crown molding at the bottom. If you’re using butcher block like we did, make sure you have a really powerful saw. If you use a rinky dink one, there’s no way in hell you’re getting a smooth cut out of it.
After you measure out how high you want it, cut down the butcher block and save the excess. You’re going to need this to act as a dual mount for the focal piece.
Take the two pieces (we measured ours out to be about 5 inches) and place them at the 1/4 and 3/4 mark of the focal piece. If you can screw these into the wall studs, that’d be perfect. I can literally jump on mine and it won’t budge anywhere now.
Once you get the two braces screwed into the wall, take the main focal piece (the butcher block) and line it up to secure it on.
Now make sure make sure MAKE SURE that you drilled into the studs. Otherwise, you may not be able to withhold something like this: