How am I going to hide that ugly air exchange vent? That was the first question I asked when I walked into my new house and saw the gaping hole in the wall, right smack dab in the middle of my stair case.
The house was still under construction but that hole was not going away! The hole was classified as necessary if I wanted heat and air conditioning! So my mind starting working on a brilliant way to hide that ugly vent. That would not be the first or last time I asked that question. It seems we have a lot of necessary things in our home that are just not pretty and I would have to find more brilliant ways to disguise them. So here are some of the ways I’ve been able to disguise these eye sores.
My brilliant way to Hide the Air vent!
Y’all know I love old windows so my first brilliant idea was to hang some vintage windows around the vent and hope know one would notice that there was an air exchange vent there. As you know, this was not working for me. So then I came up with this brilliant idea to cover the vent with another vintage window.
Find an old window, with no glass, approx. the size of your vent. Then attach chicken wire to the back side of the window using small tacks or a staple gun. You will want to remove the vent cover and hang the window over the opening. When you need to replace the filter, just take the window down to do so.
Brilliant Way to hide TV wires
The next brilliant idea I had was to hide all the ugly wires hanging from the wall mounted TV. Originally I used the “let’s stack as much as we can in front of the wires method”! Even from this angle, in which I was trying to hide the wires as best I could, you can still see them peaking out.
First, gather all the wires that are hanging from the TV together in the center and secure them with a zip tie. Then using chalk paint, paint the wires to match your wall color. Not invisible but much better than the black wires peaking out from behind a lot of clutter.
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Brilliant Way to Hide the Ugly ELECTRICAL Cords
There are two things about electrical cords that make them an eye sore. One is the cord almost never matches your wall. If it does match the wall, then it doesn’t match the floor. In addition, if the cord is plugged into the wall behind a piece of furniture, most likely the plug prevents the furniture sitting snug against the wall.
I discovered a wonderful product called Sleek Socket and love how it cleaned up my messy, ugly wire situation.
In addition, all my cabinets and tables are snug against the wall thanks to Sleek Socket!
What if you have an exposed air Duct
This was a brilliant idea that I had for our beach cottage. The cottage was built prior to 1950 and originally had no central heat and air. When we installed all the duct work, one of the ducts had to be ran through the wall so the bathroom would be cooled and heated.
As a result, we were left with this large silver balloon looking object sticking out of the wall over the bed. My brilliant solution was to put a tall cabinet over the silver duct. The cabinet we installed didn’t have a back so the only area that needed cutting was the top. So using a jig saw, cut enough of the cabinet top away for the duct to fit comfortably.
Although this helped, the silver was still showing above the cabinets. So in addition, we purchased a basket that would fit on top of the cabinet and cut the back side out of the basket. Being sure to cut just enough to allow the basket to wrap around the duct.
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Do you have any brilliant ways to hide the ugly necessities in your home. I’d love to hear about them.
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