After painting our brick fireplace, I always envisioned mounting our flat screen TV above the fireplace. It was the location that made the most sense and created a central focal point in our living room.
However, our house was built in the 80’s, well before flat screens were a thing. There was no electrical or outlets located on the fireplace like most homes have now, so I needed to get creative in order to mount a TV on brick. I talked it over with my husband who has more electrical knowledge and decided that since we do have an outlet on the wall near the fireplace, we could make it work by drilling into brick and using an extension cord and hiding the cord with a cable concealer without having to hire an electrician to add an outlet.
I will show you exactly how to mount a TV over a brick fireplace and hide the cords.
How to Mount a TV Over a Brick Fireplace
Tapcon 1 1/4” x 1/4” hex head screws
White extension cord (we used white to match our fireplace, but get one closest to your fireplace/wall color)
TV wall mount kit that works with your TV size
1. Figure placement of TV and mark your holes based on your TV wall mount. Use a level to make sure your hole marks are level. Then, drill the holes using a hammer drill. We had a bit of difficulty screwing the tapcons into the brick. In fact, we actually broke the top of the screw off trying to screw it in so tight, but luckily the other screws are locked in tight.
2. Assemble TV wall mount kit according to instructions. Mount brackets to TV.
3. Connect TV with brackets to wall mount.
4. To hide the cords, we used a white extension cord that blends in with our brick and wall paint and traced it along the mantle and brick, all the way down the wall and to the outlet. Streaming services have worked in our favor so we did not have a need for the coaxial cable too. This TV has a Chromecast plug which has a lot shorter cord so we got an extension cord with power strip on it and mounted it on the wall right off the brick. It’s hidden from most seats so it’s hardly noticeable. We used a cord concealer in white to hold the extension cord along the wall and baseboard.
Now you have a flat screen mounted on a brick wall! It was worth the couple hours of work and the cord hiding to mount it above the fireplace in my opinion.
If you are interested in seeing how I painted my brick fireplace, check out this tutorial! It’s a simple, affordable way to totally change the look of your fireplace.