Before and After: A TV Wall Transformed in Less Than a Day, Thanks to Paint Sample Pots

published Jul 12, 2022
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"Before" photo of a corner of a room with a wood credenza, wall mount TV. Layered rugs and plant decor
Credit: Soozi Danson

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Some functional essentials in your home are not so appealing to look at when not in use — like your television. 

Soozi Danson ran into this problem in her own home when it came to the TV area. Before, Soozi thought this area of her home was nothing special. “[It’s] a space that I never shared because no one wants to look at a big wall-mounted TV,” she shares. However, Soozi knew it was time for a change when her husband hoped for an upgrade. “[My] husband wanted an even bigger TV, so I decided the only way I’d agree to it was if I could make it ‘disappear,’” Soozi says.

In less than a day, Soozi transformed this TV wall. First, she sketched out the designs on the wall. “I used a pencil tied with a length of string and a pin on the end to make a compass to mark out the circle. I made sure it was big enough to fit the entire TV within it,” Soozi says. 

Credit: Soozi Danson

She then painted each shape a different color: Vintro Paint in Sunflower for the oval, Albert Bridge for the pink scalloped shape, and Victorian Black for the circle behind the television so the TV could blend into the wall. Soozi thinks this approach to painting could help camouflage other eyesores in the house, too: Choose a similar color to the object that you’re trying to hide so it can blend in easily.

Soozi spent less than 30 pounds on her project, saving money on paint by using test pots instead of buying a whole can of paint in each shade. If you want to do a similar project and have leftover paint at home, she recommends using that to save even more money. “You could easily use leftover bits of paint and that would cost nothing,” Soozi says.

Now, the TV wall is something Soozi is proud of, and it’s a happy compromise for the couple. “I love the way the TV seems to be almost invisible,” Soozi says. “I’m happy with that, and [my husband] is happy he got to have his big TV.”