Thursday, September 5, 2013

Clever Camoflauge

As you've probably figured out by now, there were some weird things about our house when we bought it.  One being a hole in the kitchen/dining room wall.  Yup, a hole.  Why was there a hole in the wall?  That's a very good question.  The best guess I have is that the location of the hole was where an old rotary wall phone was.  Much like the phone on the wall in my parents kitchen when I was a kid.  Before we covered up the hole there were some phone-ish looking wires that you could see.  Also, a Q-tip.  I don't even want to know.

It wasn't even a question as to whether we would cover up the hole with something.  I had envisioned something that would blend with the paneling.  My dad just knew I wanted the hole covered so he worked with what was on hand.  Oh yes, this is going somewhere weird.  If you recall, we had this whackadoodle pink Formica on the countertops and on the walls as backsplash.  Awesome.
What you can't see in this picture is the fact that part of the backsplash was very very loose.  So, my father, being the sweet and resourceful man he is...  And knowing I desperately wanted that hideous backsplash gone, cut off part of the Formica, turned it glue side out and cut a piece to fit in the hole.  So yes, I have a piece of Formica stuck in my wall, glue side out.  It's painted over, it matches the walls.  Except for the part that the rest of the wall is paneling and you know, paneling texture, not glued Formica texture.

I really appreciate that my dad fixed it.  And I don't know that any other solution would've really been any better.  So, we've always hung something over the hole.  The awkward thing is though, the hole is low and not really visually a normal level to hang pictures.  It's driven me crazy for the past two and a half years.  I had one of those cute name signs hanging over it, I like the sign, it just didn't look quite right.

So, the other day on Pinterest I stumbled across some adorable printables.  I love things that are kind of funny puns.  And kitchen related puns are even better.  This was only made more perfect that my sister got me an Etsy gift card, thus allowing me to purchase these adorable printables.  Hooray!  They were delivered to my inbox in a flash, I printed them at Walgreens and picked up some cheap frames to pop them into.

I hung them in a sweet little four-some.  I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  If I was a better DIY-er, I would've measured and used a level but I never do.  I totally hang everything by eyeballing it, for the most part this has worked out okay with me.

Excuse the awkward pictures.  My dining table was in the way and my kitchen was not in its most flattering light.  I'm so happy with how they turned out.  And they are oh so cute.  When we had people over this weekend, everybody commented on them.  I call that a success.  And it's at a much better level and still disguises the wall patch.

Anybody else have weird holes in their walls?  No?  Just me?  Sadly, that's what I thought.  How do you deal with funky decorating problems?


  1. These make me very EGG-cited! Super cute! I really want a set of these for my kitchen.

    1. They're great right! They just make me smile :) Do you like those colors? If you do, send me an email with your address....

  2. I think you found the perfect solution and those prints are too funny! I like the Whip it good one. We took off some backsplash like yours in our kitchen and it was a pain!!!!

    1. Thanks Crystal! As soon as I saw them, I knew I needed them. I love funny plays on words.

      In all honesty, the only back splash we took down was what my dad cut off. The rest of it just got covered up. We used those big plastic tiles from Lowes that look like stainless steel. They were perfect, you cut them with scissors and just stick them up with adhesive. Easiest DIY ever. Other than the cutting, the cutting made my hand hurt.