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DIY Rustic Modern RV Media Cabinet with TV Lift

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We officially have a new favorite project and it’s our rustic modern cabinet with a TV lift. We’ve been sharing sneak peeks here and there but are so excited to finally share the finished cabinet with you, with the lift mechanism and electric fireplace in action.

It may be surrounded by unfinished projects, but it still looks oh-so-pretty. The TV lift is like magic and the fireplace makes the RV feel so warm and cozy.

Rustic Modern RV Media Cabinet with TV Lift

We teamed up with Touchstone for this project and they helped bring our vision to life. You can read more about why and how we built the media cabinet inside our motorhome here, but today we just want to sit back and stare at our multi-functional, rustic modern cabinet.

Whether you are looking for a clever way to hide your TV, an affordable way to add ambiance to your home, or just a really awesome multifunctional piece of furniture, we hope you can draw some inspiration from this cabinet.

Watch the Video:

Check out in the video below to see these components in action:

Here are the products we used for this project:

The Whisper Lift™ II PRO – Touchstone’s Advanced TV Lift Mechanism

The Sideline36™ Touchstone’s 36 inch Recessed Electric Fireplace with Heat in Black

Let’s take a look at the before once again, as the media cabinet we built took the place of the dinette booth that was previously there:

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We won’t be hitting the road until July 1st so we won’t be officially moving the TV into the RV until then, but we went ahead and mounted it to the lift mechanism to show you how it will work and look.

Mounting the TV is super easy. All we had to do was install the mounting brackets that came with the lift onto out flatscreen. We then removed it from the stand and hooked it onto the brackets that we installed on the tv lift. There are also mounting clips included that will lock the TV into place. You will likely want to have someone help you when mounting or un-mounting it from the lift mechanism.

Looking for a creative way to hide your TV? Check out our rustic modern cabinet with TV lift and electric fireplace!

This is what the TV lift looks like raised out of the cabinet:

Looking for a creative way to hide your TV? Check out our rustic modern cabinet with TV lift and electric fireplace!

And here it is back inside the cabinet with our TV attached:


Looking for a creative way to hide your TV? Check out our rustic modern cabinet with TV lift and electric fireplace!

By the way, you don’t have to use this lift mechanism for your TV. You can get the add-on component shelf and use the lift to raise just about anything like kitchen appliances, computers, etc.

We originally planned to use reclaimed wood for the cabinet doors but I had trouble finding some that were thin enough and in our budget. I actually purchased some wood online and paid extra for expedited shipping but didn’t get it in time so I had to come up with an alternate plan, which I actually think worked out for the best.

The middle drawer opens up to an extended table/desk. Despite cutting the cabinets a bit crooked (oops), they were super easy to make.

After searching for the perfect drawer pulls I actually “borrowed” some from our nightstands and painted them black.

Looking for a creative way to hide your TV? Check out our rustic modern cabinet with TV lift and electric fireplace!

Here’s the cabinet with our new fireplace turned on. It comes with a remote control which is pretty handy and you can choose to have it with or without heat.

Looking for a creative way to hide your TV? Check out our rustic modern cabinet with TV lift and electric fireplace!

Then it was time to raise up the TV, which also comes with a remote. We went with the Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced and we used the memory height option so that it would stop exactly where we wanted it.

This specific lift also comes with an IR Repeater Kit so that we can use a remote for any audio/video components that are stored inside the cabinet. We haven’t installed any of those components yet but will share an update once we do.

Looking for a creative way to hide your TV? Check out our rustic modern cabinet with TV lift and electric fireplace!

We thought it would be fun to pull the website up on the TV, and it looked awesome in person, but is kind of hard to see in the photo below.

Looking for a creative way to hide your TV? Check out our rustic modern cabinet with TV lift and electric fireplace!

We are such dorks but have had so much fun showing our new cabinet off to family and friends, and everyone that comes over can’t wait to check it out in person.

I’m super lucky to have Eric who really helped bring this idea to life. Despite all of the challenges, setbacks and moving parts, this project was incredibly rewarding.  Not to mention it’s something we will be using on a daily basis, especially since our dining table and desk are hidden in there.

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Are you are planning to add a TV lift or electric fireplace to your home, apartment, or RV? If so we would love to hear about it in the comments.

We really enjoyed working with Touchstone on this project and honestly can’t say enough good things about their products and service. Back when we were doing research on TV lift mechanisms, they really stood out to us with their affordable products, warranty, and glowing reviews, which was really important to us.

additional resources

Be sure to check out the posts below for additional information on how we built our custom RV media cabinet:

Be sure to visit them at the links below for more information on their products. They also have some really helpful videos on Youtube.

Touchstone’s Website | Facebook | Youtube | Pinterest | Twitter | Houzz


  • Oh my goodness! SOOOOO cool!

    May 9, 2016
  • Ardith

    Wow, this turned out so beautifully, you two. How inventive of you to create something so multi-purpose, too. And Eric, great job with the video. Cheers, Ardith

    May 10, 2016
  • WOW this is insane! Oh my gosh I had no idea it was in an RV and then I was like NO WAY! Such a great way to maximize space!

    May 16, 2016
  • That is SO cool!

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Maryann!

      May 16, 2016
  • I am just joining your site, but I love what I see here. You and your husband did a wonderful job, WOW!

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Ivory! We were going for a rustic modern style, and we couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

      May 16, 2016
  • It looks awesome!

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Erin!

      May 16, 2016
  • This is REALLY amazing! I have to show my boyfriend. He’s going to want to re-do an RV ASAP. We’ve been talking about it for years! We’re going to need that electric fireplace :0

    May 16, 2016
  • What an ingenious idea and you made it look fabulous too!

    May 17, 2016
  • Luke

    Been looking to ad a fireplace in a travel trailer. Knowing that the electrical is different from a TT to motor home/rv, i was wondering what type of electrical are you all running, 30 amp, 50 amp? Have you all had to upgrade any of the electrical to accommodate all of your upfits?

    Inspirational work!

    July 27, 2016
    • Hey Luke thank you much! We are running 50 amp electrical and haven’t had to upgrade any of the electrical as of yet. I think for the most part we are settled on adding power pulling devices. We do have a pretty cool surge protector in the media cabinet that allows only certain plugs to get power at any given time, so we have been limiting what is getting power and when.

      I was able to run quite a few items at the same time as the fire place, but think once we get out to the parks we will have a better since of how much can run at once.

      August 11, 2016
  • This is brilliant,your RV is so lovely and cosy.

    December 23, 2016
  • lori hosmer

    What kind of wood did you use for your cabinet doors ?

    March 20, 2017
  • Noelle Rush

    Do you show how you made the cabinet doors? I haven’t seen that in the articles I have read on your blog.



    July 1, 2017
  • LOVE this mod and all your renovations! We are currently making a similar mod to our motorhome and the TV will now be in a slide out like yours is, where no current connections to the antenna or satellite coax are available. We are considering a setup to cast the antenna signal to the TV wirelessly versus unsightly wires that have to be connected and disconnected due to the slide movement but we are curious as to how you connected your antenna / satellite coax cable to your TV, or whether you simply do not use the antenna and just watch videos on your set. Thanks!

    November 25, 2017
  • Tess

    I love this idea! We’re strongl consider this as an upgrade to our rig. Thank You so much for the inspiration. We are trying to figure out how to get electricity to the slide out. How did ya’ll accomplish this?

    April 9, 2019
    • Hey Tess, sorry for the delayed response. We actually ended up having one outlet on the wall in the slide-out so we ran a surge protector from that outlet (i believe it has a 5′ cord on the surge protector). It’s seemed to work pretty well for us, though we don’t have a ton of items plugged in over there. Do you guys have an outlet in the slide-out? I’ve had an idea in my head for a while on running cable connections into the slide-out, so if you haven’t already made it happen I’ll try to get to that project within the next couple of months and then I’ll have a better idea of how we run cables into the slide-out. Again I’m sorry for the delayed response and wish I could’ve been more help.

      July 31, 2019

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