Mirrored TV Encasement

Mirrored TV Encasement

Build a piece of art that can also be used as a TV cabinet.

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(2) 6" × 36" Pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (sides)
(2) 6" × 46½" Pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood (top and bottom)
(4) 12" × 36" Pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood boards (doors)
36" × 46½" Pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood sheet (backboard)
(4) 30" Piano hinges
Pneumatic nail gun
18-gauge finishing nails
Wood glue
Measuring tape
½" Wood screws (for piano hinges)
(12) 12" × 12" Distressed antiqued mirrors
Rubber mallet
¼" Art tape (black)
Drill driver and 3/16 drill bit
Low-VOC Mirror Mastic
Caulking gun


1. Start by assembling the box. Attach the two 6" × 36" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood pieces to the 36" × 46½" backboard plywood sheet. Grab one of the 6" × 36" plywood and apply wood glue to one long edge

2. Attach the glued side to the short side of the 36" × 46½" board, and then secure the connection with 18-gauge finishing nails and the pneumatic nail gun. Make sure to shoot the nails about 2"–3" apart in a straight line along the connecting boards. It helps to flip the board upside down and then insert nails as shown below

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the second 6" × 36" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood board on the opposite side of the backboard plywood

4. Use a rag or paper towel to wipe off any excess glue

5. Complete the box by attaching the two 6" × 46½" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood pieces to the backboard – this will be the top and bottom of the box. Apply wood glue to one long edge of each board. Adhere the glued edges to the backboard and secure with finishing nails as in step 2. If there is resistance inserting the top or bottom boards, use the rubber mallet to gently tap the board in place

6. To guarantee security, use the nail gun to insert nails vertically along the corners, where the side boards are joined with the top and bottom boards

7. Once the box is complete, assemble the doors by connecting the 30" piano hinges to the 12" × 36" pre-painted cabinet-grade plywood boards. First, place 12" × 36" boards side by side as shown below

8. Place one 30" piano hinge in the middle of the two boards. It should sit about 3" from the top and bottom edges. Use the drill driver to screw the ½" wood screws into the piano hinge. It is important that the hinge is facing upward when being screwed in so the doors will be able to fold into each other

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 with the remaining two 12" × 36" boards

10. Once both sets of doors are complete, set them on top of the completed box, raw side up where the piano hinges are not visible. Line up the edges so they are flush with the box

11. Attach a 30" piano hinge to the set of doors and the box using the ½" wood screws. This will attach the doors to the box and make it possible to open and close the doors. Make sure the hinge is facing outwards

12. Attach the other set of doors to the other side by repeating steps 10 and 11

13. Time to decorate! Using the ¼" art tape, make an ‘X’ over each distressed antiqued 12" × 12" mirror square

14. Leave about ¼"–½" of tape at each corner and wrap over the edge of the mirror

15. Turn the mirrors over. Use the caulking gun to add dots of low-VOC Mirror Mastic in the corners and the center of each mirror back

16. Place the mirror on the door, starting at the corner, and make sure the mirror is flush with the wooden doors as shown below

17. Repeat until the doors are fully covered with the 12" × 12" mirrors

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