Hide those Pesky Components

Hey.  I just wanted to give you a quick peek at one of the little tweaks/personal stamps we put on our home shortly after moving in.  Because my husband DID NOT consult me when choosing the location of our alarm components, I wound up with (begin sarcasm) an Oh So Lovely! (end sarcasm) alarm keypad right in the middle of the only expanse of valuable wall space in my entryway.  Therefore, I had to get a little creative…

So I decided to cover it with a frame.
Frame covering alarm keypad
(Please excuse the old photos.  And excuse the lack of context in the photo.  I’m currently redoing this area and I’m not ready for a big reveal just yet.)

It was pretty easy.  I was able to do it myself, and I didn’t even measure out the exact placement of my frames, which I do not suggest as this might be obvious depending on the angle at which you look at the frames.  I was just so sick of staring at this thing and wanted it done ASAP!  That aside, I decided to put up 4 frames using an inexpensive ($3 maybe) pack of hinges from The Home Depot.  I just screwed them right into the plaster wall.

The pictures are actually just pages from a vintage French botanical book I found online (not 100% certain of the source but they may be from VintagePrintable.com).  I simply printed them off on a color printer and used them as a temporary solution.  Ideally, I’d like to fill the frames with prints from The Paris Print Shop (formerly Little Brown Pen) on Etsy, but I honestly cannot decide on which color grouping I like the most – pink, green, orange, yellow, decisions, decisions.

I’m actually still considering whether or not I should add to this gallery or just leave the 4 frames as they are.  I have gallery walls planned for other areas of my house but I really don’t want to be “that house” with a million gallery walls.  It’s just not my style, though it’s cool if that’s what you’re into, or if you invented “the gallery wall”, or… whatever.

So, that’s all I got for you today.

What do you think?  Should I add more frames to this wall?  What prints would you choose from The Paris Print Shop?

NOTE: I’m not sure how this would work for covering a thermostat, considering they may have gauges or sensors that need to be fully exposed in order to obtain the accurate room temperature.

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  1. I love those prints – vintage botanical prints are some of my favorites! I don’t really know whether you should keep adding frames to this wall – I feel like I need more context before I gave an opinion – I can’t place these! But, in any event, I think they look great as they are!

    • If you can’t place them, that means you & the Mr. need to come over and hang out the next time you’re on the east coast. 🙂 These are in my entryway on the wall to your left when you’re walking through the door. I may just leave the 4, though, since they already fill up the wall nicely.

  2. Great idea! We have alarm boxes that we aren’t even using…they were there when we moved in. It never even occurred to me to hang pictures over them for some reason….I wouldn’t even need hinges 🙂

  3. What a great idea!

  4. Oh My Goodness! I really have to try this. I have annoying little boxes all over my house. Thanks for sharing this.

    I’m having a STRUT YOUR STUFF Social hop. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and come show off your best projects. Or, just come link up your blog!!


    I’m also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.


  5. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!


  6. Thank you for linking up with me for Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady! Be sure to stop by next week!

  7. What a perfect solution, love it!

  8. What a great idea! You would never know it was there. Way to work with what you have!!

  9. Love this solution. Husbands never mind seeing the “components”, do they? 🙂 Thanks for linking up.


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