Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of SANUS; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
My friends, the moment has finally arrived! Part of our living room received a well overdue refresh that leaves me watching just one more episode of The Crown so I can keep enjoying the space. I bet you didn’t know a newly installed wall mounted TV could do that, did you? It truly is an unexpected way to transform and tie a whole space together.
When we moved into our home a little over a year ago, it was a blank slate just waiting to be transformed. Of course, you can’t do everything at once, especially when trying to stick to a budget. So, needless to say our living room hadn’t been touched except for placing our main living room items in the space including a few pieces of furniture that were never meant to stay. Here’s the before image of the living room space we transformed just to give you an idea of where we started and then the final design.
Our living room refresh was inspired by wanting to install a full motion TV wall mount by SANUS for a more modern look and to get our TV off the media console. Then that led to adding a modern gallery wall, lighting, and updating our media console which we ended up building. A few small changes created such a huge impact when it came to this refresh. So, where did we even begin?
On SANUS’ website you can answer a few questions about your TV and how you’re wanting to display it. Within just a few clicks, you’re provided with the best SANUS TV mounts for you. Still not sure? You can also check out their Ultimate Guide to Picking a TV Mount.
For our mount, we wanted to be able to extend, tilt, and swivel our TV so it can viewed from adjoining rooms and the chairs beside the media console. We decided on the Full Motion TV Mount and I was able to install the TV in under an hour which was amazing with a toddler running around. Ryan did swoop in for the last step because there was no way I was hanging the TV on my own due to the size. But it honestly felt like hanging a heavy mirror when attaching it to the wall plate. With a few basic tools on hand, it surprisingly only took three steps from beginning to end. Here they are!
1. Attach the brackets to the back of your TV using a Philips head screwdriver.
2. Install the wall plate (make sure to attach to studs).
3. Hang the TV on the wall plate.
I couldn’t believe that’s all it took. I did have the Unboxing and Mounting Your SANUS TV Mount video on stand-by but didn’t even look at it. After only a day of having it installed, we realized what we’ve been missing out on. As you can tell, we have large windows next to the TV that cast the biggest glare. It’s so nice throughout the day to be able to slightly swivel and tilt the TV so that the glare is gone.
And I know one of our biggest concerns was the safety of mounting a TV on the wall especially with Oliver running around. It’s such a relief to know that all of the SANUS mounts are tested to meet the requirement of being able to hold up to 4x the amount of weight they’re rated to hold.
The saying better late than never is so true with this space! By taking our time to truly think about what we wanted, we were able to create a space that we’ll enjoy for years to come. To be honest, I’m kind of obsessed with how it turned out! By adding the large framed images on both sides of the TV with individual lighting, it helped create a modern gallery wall while making the space functional and appealing to the eye.
And of course we didn’t stop there. We said goodbye to the thrifted cabinet and introduced the media console that we built that now balances out the size of the TV. And just in case you love the idea of a wall mounted TV but want a different look overall, you can check other TV accent wall ideas.
I’m beyond excited we finally focused on this area of our home. A few simple changes and using the SANUS wall mount made the biggest difference! What do you think of our living room refresh? Don’t hesitate to ask any questions in the comments below about the installation process, what you can do in your home, or any other questions you may have. I also have a promo code for you! Use INTHEGROVE for 20% off your purchase through 2018 that can be used on SANUS and Amazon.
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