I am convinced that unless you custom design and build your home you will have things that will make you say, “why on earth did they do that when they built this house??”
Am I right? You have those things in your home too, don’t you?
Outlets in the wrong place. Or no outlet where there should be one!
Or, for example, a phone jack in the middle of one wall with the outlet for the answering machine on the other wall?
And, I know, we are probably the only people left who still actually use our land-line and an answering machine but there you have it. We do.
I made a half-hearted attempt at disguising the cord running across the wall by hanging up a bulletin board but frankly the entire area looked just pitiful. And if the kitchen desk was messy (which it usually is!) then it only added to the whole “dumping ground” affect going on.
So, when I found this metal organizer at TJ Maxx the other day a light bulb went off!
Would it work? Could it be the answer to my unsightly phone jack problem?
Why, yes it was! I just positioned it so that it would hang right over the phone jack and it worked like a charm. The phone now sits comfortably in the bottom rack and there is still plenty of room for all of our “stuff”.
Plus, it forced me to spruce up the desk area. Which lasted oh…just long enough to take these photos!
Mason jars make cute holders for pens and scissors which I still have to keep out of reach of my youngest thanks to the “cutting-of-hair-right-before-Christmas-incident-of-2012″.
Unfortunately, a cord still stretches across the wall from the phone to the outlet on the other wall. Wouldn’t life be better if we could have electricity without cords? They really cramp my decorating style, you know? But, by painting it the same color as the wall I was able to disguise it a little bit.
Don’t blink! This will probably be the only time this desk doesn’t have mail or homework or markers or Lalaloopsy dolls or Legos on top of it and you wouldn’t want to miss it!
Want to see some more clever solutions for disguising unsightly things in your home? Check out these ideas!
Disguise a wall vent AND create a display wall like Eclectically Vintage
Hide Your Garage Door Opener like My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Create a wall collage to disguise outlets and thermostat like Jones Design Company.
Use a Tray to Hide Outlets from Organize and Decorate Everything
Why not disguise an ugly wall vent with a doormat like Debbiedoos?
And Tami from Curb Alert?
From One Kings Lane a hinged painting hides control panels or other unsightly outlets.
And if you just need to change out an old and ugly outlet, Pretty Handy Girl can show you how!
I love creative solutions to everyday problems, don’t you?
Thanks so much for helping me say farewell to “jack” today!