We didn't originally have a tv in the upstairs room of our house, but when I started staying home with the kids I quickly realized I needed one in this space. Im not a huge fan of tv stands and I hate the look of electronic boxes out in the open. Here is the space move in day 2011! A girl I grew up with had done pallets on her walls and thats when I first fell in love with this look.
We gathered pallets from different business garbage areas, I think they are quite happy to have you take them away for them. The best places to find pallets would be behind paint & hardware stores. We ripped them apart (some are easier to rip apart that others) and sorted them in to piles according to their colour. Darkest to lightest. Within each colour pile we sorted them in to size. I know some people have said they sanded them or stained them, but these are just original straight off the pallet. The dirtier the better, we didn't even wash them. We started in the top right corner and just nailed them up in as in the most random colour pattern we could. Stuart would cut the one that reached the wall and use the other half of it to start on the the other side again. Try and keep a consistent thickness in your rows, to avoid gaps in your wall. As you can see the wall was painted a brown colour before so it hid a lot of the gaps that were exposed. If you have a lighter coloured wall or brighter colour, I suggest you paint it first or it will show through your finished product.
So here is where we got really creative. Where is our tv receiver?
Our bedroom closet is on the other side of this wall. We cut a unnoticeable slit in the dry wall between a few pallets, that was in line with the top shelf of our bedroom closet above the TV. All of the wires and boxes are all facing toward the living space on the top shelf of our bedroom closet. The remotes work perfectly! I love that the tv just looks like a hanging picture on the wall, with no other electronics showing.
We originally had hung floating shelves where the white Ikea drawers are now. The floating shelves worked for a while(pre-children). All of the sudden the space seemed to always be cluttered with a bunch of for a lack of a better word, junk. This is actually our front entry as well. (small house problems) We have a very small front entry closet so something had to change. I changed the shelves out for this shallow Ikea shoe rack. We use it for the kids mittens, remotes, and anything else that seems to pile up beside a front door/TV area. Its a super awesome piece for a small space.
Check it out here-->http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/60156121/
I love this wall! It adds a lot of interest and warmth in the space. How do you style your TV wall?