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DIY: Grass Skirt TV Stand

I first saw Hawaiian grass skirts used to conceal clutter in one of my favorite decorating books, Pad. A few years ago, frustrated with the lack of stylish TV stands available, I decided to create my own grass-skirted version with a shelf I bought at Ikea. (Please forgive the poor quality of the photo; I've since upgraded to a new stand and couldn't take another one.)

By attaching the grass skirt to swiveling curtain rods that open and close like cabinets, you have a fun and funky way to conceal your DVD player and DVDs underneath. It's an easy and fun project you can do even if you don't have a lot of hardware expertise. For a list of what you'll need and step-by-step instructions,

What You'll Need

  • An unfinished wooden shelf large enough to hold your TV. (I used one from Ikea's Ivar system.)
  • Paint or stain in the color of your choice, plus a medium-sized paintbrush.
  • A pair of swing arm curtain rods in the finish of your choice. These come with hinges; all you have to do is screw them in.
  • A screwdriver
  • A grass skirt
  • String or twine
  • A hammer and nail or a drill

How to Make It

  1. Before you start the skirt portion of the project, paint the shelf and allow it time to dry.
  2. Next, measure the width of the front of your TV stand, and adjust the telescoping curtain rods so that when they meet in the middle, they will fully cover the front of the shelf. To adjust the rod, you simply loosen the screw, pull out the telescoping rod to the desired length, and tighten the screw in the right spot.
  3. Lay the curtain rods on the floor, and line up the waist of the grass skirt beneath the rods. Cut two lengths of skirt so that one fits on each rod.
  4. Using one long piece of twine, secure the skirt pieces to the rod by "lacing" it. Thread the string between the spaces in the grass, wrap the string around the rod, and repeat for the length of the rod.
  5. Once each piece of skirt is secured to the curtain rod, you're ready to install the poles to the shelf. The rods will come with hardware, so you can easily affix it using the accompanying screws. Hold the rod where you want to attach it, and mark the location of the holes with a pencil.
  6. Get each hole started with a fine drill bit or simply by hammering a nail partway into the wood. Then, hold the curtain rod brackets flush against the wood and tighten the screws through each hole and into the wood.
  7. Ta-da! Your TV stand is now skirted, swiveling, and ready to go.
mizlynz mizlynz 10 years
I might think this was cute if it didn't SCREAM "FIRE HAZARD" at me.
leahlarocco leahlarocco 10 years
Totally tacky!
jadoremondieu jadoremondieu 10 years
i don't like it AT ALL, neither. sorry, Casa. I don't think it's just the photo quality. ...maybe if i were holidaying on an island or something, it'd be OK, but even then, I think I'd prefer a plain, bare TV stand to this. sorry!
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
hmm if i lives in a shack LOL
paii paii 10 years
No THIS is TOO much!
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 10 years
OT but I bought a bedskirt that looks EXACTLY like that for my oldest daughters bed. I'm redoing it tropical themed for Christmas. Paid $6 for it lol
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Definitely not for me.
Luli1 Luli1 10 years
I'm not sure. I like vinnie's idea.
vinnie vinnie 10 years
same concept, but more polished: buy a yard of tropical print fabric. The grass skirt is better for a tiki bar outside.
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 10 years
Not quite my style, but it's a cute idea.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
i dunno if i like this look so much
baciobisou baciobisou 10 years
ugh so tacky
LaPerla2 LaPerla2 10 years
This creeps me out.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
That is ugly and silly.
tee0206 tee0206 10 years
I like how eclectic it looks, especially with all the other items you have around.
erinsauce erinsauce 10 years
I think it's a better outdoor look.
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
Can't say this look is for me.
magpot magpot 10 years
So ugly it's cute.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
It is a very different idea CasaSugar. When you want that funky look, are on a TIGHT budget it works. I like it. I really am interested in that photo you have on the wall with the buttons around the frame. Looks like you have a creative edge.
vienvien vienvien 10 years
Honestly, I love the tropical stuff but this one is too ugly
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