Artist Easel to TV Stand ‘Before & After’

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You might remember waaaaay back about this time last year I posted in excitement about wanting to turn an artist easel into a TV stand. This was inspired by Vicente Wolf’s very creative idea, and if you missed my post you can catch up on it here. And then in House & Home’s June issue this year, an art easel turned TV stand was a featured DIY project!

This was exactly the push I needed to get back on track and tackle my year-in-waiting project!

Here’s what the easel looked like in its ‘before’ state.

Art Easel

Notice there is just one shelf.

There was a concern that the TV would be too top-heavy for the stand once it was mounted, making it tip forward. A test-run proved this stand to be a lot sturdier than you would think, and with the added weight of the audio equipment on the bottom, it wasn’t going anywhere.

Here’s the TV console we were replacing along with all the audio equipment that would have to make the move. I forgot to take a true ‘before’ of it, so you’ll notice the TV is missing!

Without getting too lost in the details of this project, one of the things we did was add two more shelves to accommodate our equipment.

I had my heart set on painting the stand black, because I wanted the equipment to blend in. I opted to brush rather than spray the stand, and oh boy, what a chore that was! Just the sanding and taping was more than I bargained for! You see, I had to sand off a clear coat finish, and then tape all the knobs and exposed hardware. And this stand has a lot of grooves, not to mention a bunch of knobs, back and front, as well as ample hardware!

I used CIL’s low VOC, low odour DUO paint (Dark Secret, DL51 in semi-gloss), so was spared the priming. I haven’t used CIL’s 2-in-1 paint before, and was curious about its coverage. In the end the stand got two coats, and needed some touch-ups just where the frame was adjusted once the TV was mounted. The frame was tedious to adjust, which is why I didn’t mess with it when I was painting.

Next hubs drilled the frame so he could mount our center speaker for the surround sound right in the center of the stand. Makes sense, right?

The TV, by the way, was mounted with steel strapping.

We used the TV’s pre-existing screw holes meant for a wall-mount bracket to attach the strapping, and wrapped it snugly over the back rest of the easel.

At first, I wasn’t too sure if I liked the outcome.

But then when I went back to the living room ‘before’ photo with the TV console…

And looked around the room with the new TV easel finished and in place…

Well, I decided there was no comparison. I love the sculptural feel and uniqueness of the stand, and how compact the equipment is sitting on the stand. I like how the stand works with the clock, and the decor. But most of all, I like that the stand tucked perfectly into the corner… it’s such an awkward corner. Did you notice that?

This was a case of, if you can’t disguise the TV, then go all out with it instead!

I’m curious to hear what you think! And, I’d love your thoughts on the wall behind the TV, too. Would you put anything there, or leave that spot empty as is?

Today I’m linking up over at Primitive & Proper…

You might want to pop by to check out the other projects. Thanks for hosting, Cassie!

And thank you, my friends, for stopping by today 🙂

PS – don’t forget to enter our special GIVEAWAY here… Giveaway ends Friday, September 7, 2012 midnight PST!

22 Replies to “Artist Easel to TV Stand ‘Before & After’”

  1. Love this idea. I remember seeing it in The Bay when I went to the reno opening. I thought it was such a cool thing to do with an easel, it’s serving a purpose and looks great. I applaud you for painting it, I can’t imagine how tough that would’ve been.

    1. Thanks, Tracey! I’ve only seen versions of this in magazines, and online, so we were really winging it and hoping for the best. When we first put it all together – the voila moment – the room went quiet. After way too much quiet, my hubs said, are we going to like this? My response, I don’t know, I hope so… The jury was out for a few days until we got used to it, and now we love it!

    1. Thank you so much, Shelley! It makes such a difference in that corner… We love it, and it’s funny how quickly I’ve started to forget the tedious aspects of the DIY now that it’s all finished and in place! 🙂

    1. You are so awesome! Thank you, THANK YOU!!! I just popped over to take a look at the other inspiration pieces, and you have really pulled together some great ideas. There are a few in there that I would looove to try 🙂

  2. I’m thinking about doing a similar DIY project. I’ve been browsing the internet to get a better idea of the dimensions i needed and I especially like the look of your stand! How big is your TV? I’m trying to mount an old 42″ TV that weighs almost 90lbs and the easel I’m currently looking at measures
    Height 56¼” 143 cm
    Extended Height 95½” 243 cm
    Width 20½” 52 cm
    Depth 21½” 55 cm

    Any advise?

    1. Hi Jennifer!

      Thanks so much for stopping by… Our TV is only a 33″, so it’s pretty small, but this easel/stand would be able to take up to a 42″, and we do have plans to do that, just not quite yet. The key to prevent tipping forward from the TV’s weight is that we have our audio/stereo equipment stacked on the shelving below, so it acts a little bit like an anchor. So I would definitely be looking at counter-balancing the weight with something if you won’t be putting audio/stereo equipment here. *Note, we added extra shelving as it only comes with one shelf.

      This is the link to the easel we bought. If you scroll down past the photo you’ll see the description of it, which includes the measurements.

      The quality of the stand is excellent, very well-made and solid. The service was also good, but we had to pay shipping and duty – those charges definitely added up, so make sure to factor the extra cost(s) in if you go with this stand.

      Good luck. I’d love to see a photo 🙂


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