Makeover: kitchen wall
Jun 302014
 

Ever since we moved into our current house, one of the walls in the kitchen always nagged me. Not enough to do anything about it for 3-4 years (oops!). Just enough to convince me to make it over when I had some free time (I rarely have free time with these two kids that keep me going from sunrise to sunset!)

Anyway, let me know show you how I made over this wall. And a small sneaky trick I used to solve a problem that was confounding me!

Makeover: kitchen wall

Kitchen Wall Makeover

Kitchen Wall Makeover

So this is the wall that always bugged me. 

Wall in its original state

Wall in its original state


You’ll notice that there’s this box affixed to the wall. I’ve casually tried to take it off a few times but it seems to be stuck on there pretty well. There must be a hidden screw or two. Anyway, it connects the phone line to the rest of the house, so I never really wanted to just yank it off all willy-nilly.

You’ll also notice that the outlet for the phone is positioned diagonally to the phone line box, so there has always been this black wire dangling wildly across that wall. Blech! Not cute at all.

Let’s get to my little makeover. I knew I wanted to hide the phone line box behind some decorative items perched on a strategically placed shelf. I could also use that shelf for other essential kitchen items I want within easy access. Perfecto!

I found a plain, white shelf at Home Depot, and instead of using the big, white brackets that normally come with these shelves, I opted to use these small, low-profile metal shelf supports.

Shelf supports on the wall

Shelf supports on the wall


They’re really intended for use with glass shelves, but I’m having no problems with them in this application because:

  1. The shelf I’m using is fairly narrow – only about 8″ I believe.
  2. I’m not stacking a lot of weight on this shelf – only a few items positioned toward the back of the shelf.

If you want shelf supports like these, you can check out theseor these.

Shelf installed right underneath the phone line box

Shelf installed right underneath the phone line box


I also knew I wanted to use some cord management racewaysto corral that black wire inside a plastic, white contraption that went straight up and down that wall. I had an extra cord management raceway left over after using some in the nursery to hide the baby monitor cables.

Kitchen shelf styled to hide the phone line box

Kitchen shelf styled to hide the phone line box


I love how this wall came out! That hideous phone line box is now conveniently concealed by my favorite cookbooks, which are stacked underneath some white mixing bowls. I also have my phone perched on top of that shelf, along with my most often-used pitchers – two glass ones and one white ceramic one.

I love my new shelf. It inspires me to whip up new recipes from my cookbooks! It also inspires me to make yummy iced tea drinks like this one, this one or these ones.







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 June 30, 2014  Posted by

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