DIY Frame for Samsung Frame TV

DIY Frame for Samsung Frame TV

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Have you heard about the Frame TV by Samsung? Well today we’re making a DIY frame!

TVs sure have gone through some changes since their inception! If you’re up for answering, I’d love to hear in the comments below what the TVs were like when you were born. I certainly remember my child hood set!

To get from the first TVs to where we are now, there have been a handful of BIG leaps, like from black and white to color, from tube TVs to flat screens, and I don’t know if it was just me, but then it felt like we had kind of stalled out at that point for a while.

There hadn’t been any new developments in recent years that felt new or truly revolutionary.

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Enter: the Samsung Frame TV.

Ever since first hearing about this Samsung Frame TV, I was excited about the idea; A TV that looked just like a piece of art!

As a designer, not only does this feel like a big leap forward in innovation, BUT it also helps solve a big problem a lot of designers have when working with families on their shared living spaces.

The nature of TV as an entertainment device means that it really needs to be kind of front and center in a room as a focal point to be seen comfortably from the best seats in the house.

But when you’re designing, having to center a room around a big black rectangle is less than ideal. I even have an entire blog post from last year dedicated to the 10 best ways to hide a TV.

Having a large TV front and center was also was one of the things that came up most often when I asked on social media what design issues we ran into conflict with our husbands about most often.

Hiding and compromising aren’t necessarily the favorite words of interior designers (but we do what we need to when we need to, right?), but I do love that this TV helps solve both those problems at once – at least in my household!

Investment Piece

Because these have been top of the line, cutting technology the past few years, they’ve also been, you guessed it: VERY expensive.

I knew we’d ultimately like to get one, but I wanted to wait until the prices had come down a bit further.

This year, we were able to get our own 43″ Samsung Frame TV for $800 on Amazon prime day! Hooray!

One thing to note is though, that’s the price of just the TV. In order to buy a ready-made a frame, you’ll easily spend another $400-600!

I knew I wanted a frame for my frame (it get’s a little confusing, right?) to truly disguise it as a piece of art, but I also knew I did not want to spend that much money on one on top of the cost of the TV.

I knew we’d be able to DIY a frame for a fraction of the price, and that’s just what we did!

Prep Work:

If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember we’re in the process of taking our living room (and the rest of the downstairs area) in a new direction! I’ve shared some sneak peaks in these blog posts here:

And we’re still steadily moving along! I knew that if we went ahead and got a frame TV, that I would want it hung on the center wall with our “lego dresser” underneath it.

That dresser had previously stood on the other side of our closet near our window seat because we had a large armoire that used to house our TV on the wall in the center of the living room.

With the Frame TV now home and ready to be installed, we moved the armoire out to the shop in preparation for it to be sold.

Because we had not moved this armoire when we repainted this room previously, it still had blue paint on the wall behind it! My husband helped add a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White paint to that last section of wall that is no longer covered up!

Next we moved the lego dresser over to it’s new home and got to work assembling the DIY frame for our Samsung Frame.

How to Make a DIY Frame for your Samsung Frame TV

We chose to go with a really simple build for our frame, and depending on your woodworking skill, you could easily make it more ornate if you chose to. Our original plan was to use simple 1×2″ pieces, but then when the project was almost complete we decided to add some additional trim pieces with a bit more design on them.

Because the shelf right below the TV has a lot of detail, and because I knew I would be changing out the decor there often, I didn’t want the frame to overpower the area, but it seemed too plain without the trim piece.

To be honest, even as I get ready to publish this blog post and the video on YouTube, I’m feeling a little insecure about the final look. I’d love to hear your comments below if you think I should leave the frame as is, or if I should change it up and try something new!

This was my inspiration picture from McGee & Co:

I loved the gold and the mottled texture on an otherwise pretty simple frame design.

The DIY Process:

We went ahead and started the project with 1×3 boards from the home improvement store. We were precise on our measurements, and I think honestly, maybe too precise, because the boards almost didn’t want to fit on the TV when we were ready to put it on the TV.

(We also didn’t account for a small sensor on the bottom of the screen that we almost broke off when we were trying to push the frame back further towards the wall. Whoops!)

My husband had gotten his measurements down to the 1/16″ in some instances, and I think it would have been easier to install if we had rounded to the nearest 1/8″.

After cutting our pieces we sanded everything down with 220 grit sand paper to knock off any rough edges.

We chose to go with a simple butt joint instead of a miter, and looking back I think I probably would have taken more care to putty and sand down the nails from the brad nailer before painting for a more clean look.

After we assembled the four sides of the frame, I took it outside and covered it with a coat of my favorite black spraypaint by Rustoleum. The Oil Rubbed Bronze has beautiful gold flecks in it that give it so much dimension!

After that dried, I added a coat of gold rub-n-buff with my favorite tool – an old makeup brush.

I used about a pea size drop of the rub-n-buff, and was able to spread that over about 12″ of the frame – so remember, a little bit goes a long way!

The Last step for a Frame TV: Pick Your Art!

Once we got our frame all situated, the last thing to do was to pick our art and get it set up on our frame TV for when it wasn’t in use.

There are some options that are included with the TV, you can upload your own pictures, or you can find just about anything via digital art online!

I found this beautiful moody grey sea scape on Etsy from the shop “In Love with a House” for just over $6!

Credit: In Love With a House on Etsy

Once you’ve chosen your art you can also adjust the settings to include a mat around your print if desired (which I loved) and you can adjust the colors if needed.

I quickly realized that if we did not adjust the brightness on our screen, it looked more like a TV screensaver and less like a real piece of art. Turning down the brightness when it was not in use helped alleviate that issue, though!

And there you have it! Our Custom DIY Frame and our new Samsung Frame TV!

I hope you’ll share your thoughts below, and stick around as we move forward on the living room and prepare to reveal the final look!

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6 Comments

  1. Tommy
    September 13, 2021 / 12:28 PM

    Dear Sarah,

    Thank you so much for your nice blogpost about you DIY frame for the Samsung Frame. I just bought one myself and just like you I want to create a unique frame. I was reading your blogpost about it, but I still have one question. How do you attach the frame to the TV? Does it stick of did you put anything on it to attach it?

    Hope to hear from you!

    Tommy

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      September 13, 2021 / 9:57 PM

      Hello Tommy,

      The frame isn’t attached with anything specifically because it was cut to such a snug fit – it holds on without any adhesive!

  2. Heather
    September 25, 2021 / 11:31 AM

    Hi Sarah,

    Your frame looks great, I too love that combination of black paint and gold Rub n Buff!

    If that tv was on my wall I would have put a wider frame around it, still with the same colour and maybe more moulded wood with the trim as well. I think the narrower frame is a more modern look but the chest below is definitely not modern and it could handle a more substantial frame.

    Cheers
    Heather

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      September 26, 2021 / 11:41 PM

      Thank you for sharing, Heather! 🙂

  3. Krystal
    September 25, 2021 / 7:20 PM

    I’ve been contemplating this exact project for awhile too! But I was scared it wouldn’t work – in that it would inhibit the sensor and make the remote not useable.
    Can you tell us about how the wooden frame affects the TV’s functions? Your beautiful project has me really excited about the possibility now. : )
    Thank you for sharing more inspiration + hope!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      September 26, 2021 / 11:40 PM

      We haven’t noticed any issues yet with the frame affecting the sensor’s functionality! 🙂

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