After my last post showing you the thrift store tables in my family room, I received a few questions about the TV in the room – specifically wanting to know how to hide the cords and wires since the TV is mounted above a fireplace. In a perfect world, I would answer that there were electrical and cable outlets on the wall behind the TV, but since my house was built in 1993 – flat screen TV’s mounted on walls was not something builders included in their design.
We could have drilled a hole in the wall ourselves and threaded the cords/wires through it to a basement outlet, but with the brick fireplace that was not an option.
What did I do? Abbracadabra… it is all wireless – Only kidding. My fix – not so magical or perfect, but one that lessens the eyesore of exposed wires. I covered them with a sleeve of fabric in the same color as the wall.
I took the cover off to show you how I made it. This is how the cords looked after I organized and bundled them with cable ties. There are electrical and cable outlets behind the corner cabinet. The cable box, DVD player, etc. are behind closed doors in the cabinet.
The sleeve of fabric has Velcro along the edges to keep it closed.
Fabric Velcro – sticky back Cable ties Scissors Optional: wire and a picture hanging hook
1. Figure out how long and wide your sleeve of fabric should be. The fabric should wrap around the bundled wires loosely. Cut the fabric to size and hem with fabric glue or sew it on.
2. Place your fabric right side down -peel the two sides of the Velcro apart. Attach one side of Velcro along each long edge of the fabric: On the left edge of the fabric place the Velcro on top of the fabric. On the right edge – the Velcro goes on the underside of the fabric edge.
3. A nice and neat sleeve of fabric.
4. Optional: I made a hook out of wire and wrapped it around the bundled wires that run behind the cabinet.
5. I attached a picture hanging hook on the wall and hooked the wire loop over it. This keeps the cords/wires from hanging down directly from the edge of the mantel.
Not perfect – but without a lot of options to choose from – I have been pretty happy with my fix the past 3+ years. I sometimes place pretty objects in front of it and other times I leave the space bare since the fabric blends into the wall.
Have you done any “quick fixes” that have turned into a permanent fix lately?
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