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Monday, May 4, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday – Cover-up

I am glad to participate in Metamorphosis Monday, which is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch. Go there for a listing of more transformations.

For a long time now I’ve been unhappy about the sight of the wall in the hall where the door bell amplifier and the carbon monoxide alarm are mounted. Also nearby is the thermostat.
Putting up framed works or plates just does not look right with these objects sticking out on the wall. I read a post on a blog which I cannot recall where she tells of her solution to a similar problem. What I’ve devised is a small decorative shelf, placed just below the fixtures and then draped with some faux greenery and a light weight wooden plate added just under the greenery on the top of the shelf.
Finally, just below the shelf I hung a small floral oil painting.

I am not completely satisfied with the result, but find it is a satisfactory improvement as I make plans to have work done on the adjacent living room ceiling, then paint the living room and hall.
Edited to add: skoots1mom alerted me to the dangers of covering up carbon monodide and smoke alarms. I had considered that the greenery and wood plate would not hamper CO2 gas or smoke, but realize that it's better to be safe always. So I went ahead and took down the cover-up.
Let me take this opportunity to invite you to read my April 30 post entitled, Which Chandelier Decal Would You Prefer? Which is about vinyl wall decals for use in your home décor. Leave a comment as directed, to be entered in the Chandilier decal giveaway sponsored by Wilson Graphics.
Stop by soon; the giveaway ends Friday May 8 at 12 noon


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Carrie, that is just so clever! You'd never know they were there, and it adds so much charm to the hallway. laurie

Michelle said...

What a fabulous idea! And it looks just wonderful. I would never think that it was hiding anything at all.

Great job!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Love the cover up!

The Stylish House said...

I understand where you’re coming from trying to make these two utilitarian objects look attractive. I think the solution you came up with is much better then leaving them exposed. ~Cathy~

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Carrie, big improvement for sure! Here's one for you. The pic I have of my corner china cabinet has a black toleware platter on it. That platter is hiding a tear in the drywall! There used to be a huge wall a/c unit there, contractor came in, closed up the hole with drywall, painted and one day I tore the paint right off. ugh! lol!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Aren't these necessary things just the worst annoyance. You would think they could put them somewhere else and not in such a conspicuous spot. I think your solution is fabulous. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Great solution to a problem probably every home has (I know mine does). Thanks for the ideas.

Barbara Jean said...

great idea and it turned out wonderful!!!

barbara jean

susan said...

I hate trying to work around these things! I have nonfunctional intercoms to boot. Good idea!

Kammy said...

Wow , looks great ! We just can't have anything ugly in our homes, now can we..LOL !
Thanks for sharing a great idea !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Skoots1moM said...

you didn't cover up the monoxide monitor...please tell me you moved it. You're making me nervous..

Carrie said...

About the monoxide monitor, I didn't think that the greenery would hamper its operation, but now I'm not so sure. Do you think it will cut down on its effectiveness???
I'm worried now,

Skoots1moM said...

Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website...

#9 speaks about blocking the equipment...

My husband has been a long-time first responder on home fires and poisoning incidents, and he's VERY picky about our not blocking either the smoke or the carbon monoxide monitors...so I wanted to share

Carrie said...

Thanks, skoots1mom, for alerting me about the danger of covering up carbon monoxide alarms and for sending me the link. Here is the URL, which I just read:
Again thanks for your help,