DIY TV Box Cover

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Hi Hometalkers! I hope all of you are enjoying at least some degree of spring and sunshine, depending on where you are located. :) We have been busy bees working on a living room makeover, which I hope to reveal soon. But in the meantime, I wanted to share a quick tip for covering up your cable box or DVD player or whatever other devices you have lurking around your TV.
Here is the set-up we started out with. I already had two basket trays and they happened to fit the open shelves pretty perfectly and are good for holding remotes and magazines and kid books and stuff like that.
But the DVD player in the middle was kinda bugging me, which is when my AWESOME idea struck me. If we put the DVD player in a third basket, would the remote still work through the basket openings?

Well, yes it would!

Would Hobby Lobby still have these same baskets in stock so we could get a third?

Well, yes they would! And they happened to have a 50% off baskets sale going on, which meant that the basket only cost about five bucks.

Could I get any luckier?

So we did have to modify the basket a bit. We decided that most of the bottom needed to come out to avoid overheating. We also took out half of the back so that we could easily lift the basket in and out. Since we are using the basket for a DVD player, we need to remove the basket when we want to switch out DVDs.

By the way, we don’t have a cable box because we use Roku. But I think this would work just as well for a cable box and you probably wouldn’t even need to worry about taking the back wall of the basket out.

We put a bead of hot glue along every edge we were going to cut. This was to prevent the whole thing from unraveling. We made the cuts with a utility knife.
There were metal bars across the middle and the back wall , which we cut off with a hack saw.
And done! It doesn't take much to make me happy. :)
What do you think about this project?
Click the link below if you'd like to see some more detailed pictures of the process. :)
Anni | Whose Idea Was It To Buy This House
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  • Pauline Pauline on Apr 20, 2016
    Hi what is ROKU?

  • Renata Renata on Apr 22, 2016
    Love the look. Did you try using hinges first on the bottom edges to create a pull down . Removing the basket each time would drive me nuts. Lol

  • Emiley Jean Hegel Emiley Jean Hegel on Mar 24, 2018

    Hi there! Where did you get this entertainment center from? It is beautiful!

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  • Patty Patty on Mar 28, 2022

    Great idea. Looks much better now.

  • Chuck Chuck on Mar 28, 2022

    This is one of the few ideas brought to fruition that I applaud! Remarkable look, and you have an eye for design balance. I would have ignored the bare DVD player look among the rest of the balanced baskets because I am a function 1st, style second craftsman, but I will admit when I am caught "thinking inside the box". An excellent and creative upgrade to fit your sensibilities.

    One of the few HomeTalk submissions that are worth viewing!