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DIY Outdoor TV Cover with Repurposed Shutters

Who doesn’t love watching a football game outside with great company and great food! That was our ultimate goal when we decided to install a TV on our back porch. My worry was how we were going to keep the TV out of all the elements. This is when I got the bright idea to create this DIY outdoor TV cover with repurposed shutters.

DIY outdoor TV cover
DIY outdoor TV cover

When researching for a an outdoor TV cover, I had two things in mind: cost and time, neither of which I had a lot of.  What materials would I used  for the outdoor tv cover? Could I find something around the house to repurpose?

That’s when I ran to Pinterest for ideas. Isn’t that what y’all do too?

What material would I use to cover the DIY outdoor TV cover?

There were tons of ideas on Pinterest about using old SHUTTERS for an OUTDOOR TV COVERING.

Shutters seemed to be the easiest and cheapest route to make the tv covering- so shutters it was!

I went to a sweet little shop in town that I’ve been to a few times before where I saw a pair of old white wooden shutters for 18$. I was excited because they were still there, so I purchased!

How to make a DIY outdoor TV cover with shutters

First you need to cut the shutters down to slightly larger than the height of the TV. As far as how much larger, this is more of a personal preference. We chose to make ours a good bit larger because my husband kept saying he was going to buy a larger tv, LOL.

Shutters to be used for tv cover
this is after we had already cut the shutters and added two knobs.

Next you need to gather your hardware. Since this was going to be installed outside, I needed a very water/ heat and cold resistant material.

During my research the best option for me was plumbing materials. The best part about using plumbing materials is that I didn’t need to cut, sand, or prepare anything for this DIY furniture project.

I was so excited because this would create the perfect Industrial/ vintage look for my Outdoor TV Cover project. Speaking of plumbing materials, they have become quite poplar to use to make shelves out of. I made a set of my own pipe shelves here.

Note: an important part to remember before you buy your materials is to measure the TV AND the SHUTTERS and make sure you buy a long enough pipe so when you open your shutters, (or whatever covering you decide to use in front of the TV), the entire TV is exposed. If you don’t buy a long enough pipe, when you open your covering, you will only be able to see like half the TV.

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Materials for the pipe sliding outdoor TV Cover

  1.  2 galvanized base flanges
  2. 2 90 degree elbows
  3. 2 6 ” pipes
  4. 1 48″ pipe (measure to make sure the pipe is wide enough to visualize the TV when the shutters are open)
  5. 4 eye hooks (the pipe needs to fit through these)
  6. screws
  7. shutters (or one shutter cut in half)

Below, you will see all the galvanized pipe and the eye hooks installed on the shutters.

Shutters and pipe for tv cover

After assembling the pipe, we hung the cover by screwing the flanges in the brick.

outdoor TV cover closed over the TV
DIY outdoor TV cover

Now it was time to enjoy some outdoor living. Not only is this a stylish and easy furniture project, but it serves a good purpose and only cost about $30 to make.

Time to enjoy football season with my new TV cover with repurposed shutters!


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