How to Mount a TV Over a Brick Fireplace (and Hide the Wires)

January 5, 2016

how to mount tv over brick fireplace

The very first time I envisioned our living room, I knew I wanted our flat screen mounted to the brick fireplace. I wanted one focal point, and placing the television elsewhere would have meant two conflicting focal points.

The problem is that our home was built in 1986 (well before flatscreen tv’s were a reality). This meant the cable and electrical  receptacles were placed on another wall…not mounted into the fireplace like most modern homes. After consulting with electricians, I was told there was no way to mount an electrical outlet into the brick fireplace. So, my wheels began to spin until I came up with a solution.  I want to share with you how we mounted our flatscreen tv onto our brick fireplace.

**For your convenience, I had included affiliate links to all of the products I used in this project. That just means I may get a small commision from the purchase of the product, without you having to pay a dime more. **

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Materials Needed:

    • Tapcon 1 1/4” x 1/4” hex head screws
    • this drill bit (packaging on tapcon will give appropriate size).****This drill bit allows you to use a standard drill. **
  • Hammer Drill (I recommend this one.) **It will make drilling into brick so much easier,  but it’s not not mandatory if you purchase the drill bit  listed above.**
  • TV Wall Mount Kit(will tell on box what range of sizes will accommodate)
  • Coaxial cable (we used white because our fireplace is white but use the color closet to your fireplace to disguise the cable).
  •  Extension Cord (once again we used white so that it blended in with the color of the fireplace)
  • Wiremold C110 1-channel CordMate Kit, White, also known as wiremold.

How To Mount the TV

  1. Drill holes in brick according to mounting slots on TV mount. Use level when drilling to make sure holes are level.
  2. Mount TV Wall Mount Kit according to directions.
  3. Mount brackets on back of tv to attach the wall mount according to instructions.
  4. Mount TV to wall mount.

How To Hide Cables and Wires

Luckily, we already  had an electrical outlet on a wall directly next to our fireplace (on the right, lower side of the brick fireplace).  We then  had a cable company install a cable receptacle on the wall directly to the left of the brick fireplace. We essentially routed the cable and extension cord, with wire molding, directly along our fireplace and down into their proper outlets.

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Because our fireplace is white, we used a white extension cord and wiremold which adequately disguises the wiring.  If your fireplace is not white, use a color closest to that of your fireplace (I bet you could even spray paint the wiring to match the desired color, but don’t take my word on it). This is the left side of our fireplace and the side we directed the cable down to the cable receptacle.


Use the Wiremold channel CordMate Kit to direct wires towards the back of the tv.

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I was able to hide the cable receptable behind a large, boutique mirror.

Then, for the power cord, use the white extension cord so that black power cord does not extend from behind the  tv.


The extension cord runs all the way down the side of the fireplace and down to the electrical outlet (which I covered with curtains).


And voila!!! You now have a wall mounted tv. I love the simplicity of one focal point in a room. This makes arranging your furniture so much easier and the overall design of the room much more sleek.

*** Tip: For those of you with a cable box to contend with, simply tuck the box behind the tv (this is what we had to do when we owned a box).***

And for you old timers out there claiming the heat of the fire will damage your television…..ours has remained unharmed through several fires.

Some people may be concerned with the ergonomics of a television that has been mounted over a fireplace (and consequently, above eye level). I believe if you place your couch at a good distance from the television, you will not have any issues. And believe me…I have suffered with neck and back pain in the past, but have not experienced any problems with this arrangement.

Hope this helps some of you who, like me, are determined to mount your television over your fireplace.

By the way, if you would like to read how I built my wood beam mantel that you see here (for around $30), be sure to check out this tutorial. If you are looking for  other ways to transform an outdated fireplace on a budget, click here for that separate post. Believe me….it was ugly AF when we first moved in.

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    1. Great info! We just mounted a tv over our fireplace & I used your advice -the white extension cord, the channel kit and even the curtain idea to hide the outlet. My main problem is the subwoofer. It needs to go in a corner, but placing it in a basket or under a small table would be awkward – any ideas?

    1. Thank you so much for this post, but where did you put the cable box?

    1. I’m a professional tv installer and I have to say that it fabulous. We mount tvs in Charlotte by the hundreds and that was a great wire concealment. Most homeowners or designers do not realize the difficulty of wire concealment on brick or stone fireplaces especially the older houses. Hats off!!!

    1. I just had this conversation with my daughter today when I showed her my new home to be. Built in 1940! Love this idea! Thank you!

    1. Hi Erika…I just wanted to add under some circumstances you can grind out mortar joints and hide up to 4 cables that way. Then fill with mortar and polymer mixture. This can only should be done during renovation process due to dust control. Although I like indeed how you concealed them with min. damage to existing brickwork. You would never want to damage or undermine historical masonry work.

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