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Artwork That Slides to Hide Your TV

Make a clever cover-up for your big-screen TV. All you need is graphic DIY leaf artwork and a sliding closet door track.  

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Jigsaw or circular saw
  • Drill
  • Tape measure


  • 10'x12" white adhesive shelf liner (#223760)
  • 72" Bypass closet door kit (#65598)
  • 2 - 1/2"x2'x4' oak plywood (#6216)
  • ¾"x25' red oak iron-on edge banding (#16545)
  • 3M painter's masking tape, blue (#39896)
  • Toggler 50-pack hollow wall anchors (#133873)

Valspar paint:

  • Gentle Moss, CI #172
  • Copper Glow, CI #94
  • Cracked Pepper, CI #57
  • Brick House, CI #99
  • Bamboo Shoot, CI #171
  • Jackson Glen, CI #16
  • Glass Tile, CI #184
  • Shitake, CI #53

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

Measure from the mantel to your ceiling, then subtract 2". This measurement will be the height of your panels. Then measure the width of your TV; divide that by two and add 2". That will be the minimum width of both of your panels. Make sure your track is long enough to accommodate your panels when they're in the open position; the total length of the track should be at least double the total width of your panels.
Good to Know
A single hardware kit with a 72" track will handle most TVs with screens up to 32". For larger TVs, use pairs of shorter tracks installed end-to-end.

Step 2

Measure the depth of your TV and its wall-mount bracket, then add an inch. This will determine how far out from the wall you'll need to mount the track to the ceiling. Mark your center point at the depth you determined, then attach the track to the ceiling. Use wall anchors to keep the holes aligned with the joists in the ceiling.

Step 3

Attach the slider hardware to your panels, and hang each panel on the track. Then, partially insert screws at both ends of the track to block the panels from sliding off when you open them up. Finally, you can paint the panels in a design of your choice and turn them into your own personal works of art! (We painted leaf patterns using an array of fall-themed colors and a taping technique to create stripes of varying widths; see the Lowe's List if you wish to use the same colors, and search online -- or enlarge the pattern of a real leaf at a copy center -- if you would like to use a leaf template.)