Still ROFL after seeing the expensive outdoor TV, above, in Traditional Home. It will only set you back $8,995 to put this 42-inch LCD TV on your porch, patio or lanai.
If 9K to watch TV outside isn't in your budget, here's what we did on our lanai: We put a nice Westinghouse LCD Flat Panel behind a one-way mirror. I did my first mirror TV in the master bath with a 19" LCD, even before HGTV's Candice Olson.
It's the perfect solution for a flat panel outside, especially near the ocean where we live. It also provides some security because when the TV's off, it looks like a big mirror.
I don't know why, but men love this TV. I always thought it was just the sisters who wanted to hide the big screen.
IMPORTANT CAVEAT: the only downside > you can't watch it in bright daylight.
Now, see the DIY Mirror TV in action in this brief video (apologies, Brett Favre fans):
This project cost us about $1,500 for the build-out and $750 for the TV and one-way mirror.
Here’s how we did it…
- Carpenter added fireplace wall after house was built
- Builder had installed electrical and cable outlets on original wall
- Carpenter built a niche about 20" deep above the no-vent fireplace
- There are holes in the niche's ceiling to disperse heat buildup
- I added an MDF shelf in the niche above the TV that holds cable box
- I painted inside of the niche and shelf black
- I added 1x4 pine vertical supports inside niche opening for mirror to rest against
- Had 1/4" one-way mirror cut to just under actual measurements of opening
- I attached super velcro to the supports and back of mirror
- Mirror's weight is supported because it sits on floor of niche
- I velcroed on a removeable “frame” of stained poly trim to hide edges
- Harmony One Remote
works thru mirror
- Audio from TV's speakers comes through mirror perfectly
- Jim can take mirror down when we need access to TV or DirecTV box
- Mirror cost: about $200 at local auto glass & mirror dealer
- Ready-made Mirror TVs sell for thousands