I finally completed a small project that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now–hiding the cords from my TV to book shelf.
I’ve lived in my house for almost 3 years and staring at unsightly black cords was really getting old. When I had the TV mounted above the fireplace, I had grand plans to hide
the cords behind the wall to meet up with my shelving, which is really
the only place I have to hold my cable box and DVD player. The main
issues were that the cords going horizontal and the fireplace
which comes out from the wall about a foot. Here is what I had the pleasure of looking at beforehand:
|I don’t remember what I was watching, but I am sure it was very intellectual : )|
Thanks to Pinterest, I found a temporary solution that didn’t involve any drilling and wouldn’t take too long. In comes In My Own Style and her post “How to Hide Cords on a Flat Screen TV.” She didn’t have to hide her cords for as long since she has the closed cabinet, but the idea still applied. I followed her instructions to a T. The only difference is that since my wall isn’t white, I took some thin white fabric and painted it to match my wall color. Just using cable ties to tame the cables looked much better. Here is what I ended up with–yes, you can still tell there are cords going across to the shelf, but it looks so much better and doesn’t attract the eye as much. I like the scrunchy look which seems a lot softer than the harsh cord covers you can buy at the store. Plus, I have access to my cords if I ever need to change out a component.
I also rearranged the book shelf to help hide my extension cord going up to meet the components. Is there a rule for decorating book shelves? Because every other day I find my self rearranging it a little. Oh well. Now I just need some candles for my lonely candleholders. I was thinking about making some sheet music candles using this tutorial. What do you think?
Just for funsies, here is a before and after shot. I cannot believe I waited so long to finally do this…since I already had the fabric, leftover paint, and cable ties, I only had to buy some velcro to sew to the fabric which ended up being about a dollar (thanks to some Hobby Lobby coupons…what what!)
This is also a great idea for an apartment where you don’t want to do anything permanent or if you cannot make up your mind about where to keep your cable box, etc.
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