Thursday, August 5, 2010

House project: Taking away the cords.

Ever since we changed our basement tv/entertainment center situation, I have been irritated with the 300 cords that I could see dangling behind the entertainment center. They were so distracting in my eyes... white walls, white entertainment center, big black cords. Yuck.

To remedy this situation, I bought materials to create a functional and cute backing to the entertainment center. This way, I wouldn't have to look at the over abundance of cordage, but if anything just notice the cute backing to the entertainment center.

Ugh, I forgot to take a before shot to illustrate the obnoxiousness that were the cords. Please imagine the less than attractive situation through.

And here is the much better looking after:
And a closer look...
Mind you, I just finished this project last night, so I haven't really figured out my accessorizing for the space. Just give me time. Sidenote: The little gold pear and the gold cat are swiped from my parent's house. I have sticky fingers whenever I go visit their house, especially with all their snazzy redecorating.

How did I do this super easy project? Easy!

First, I bought a bunch of scrapbook paper that I thought would look nice lining the back of the entertainment center. I also bought a few pieces of poster board so that the scrapbook paper could have a more sturdy backing.

This is the scrap paper that I chose. Pretty, right?
I taped 4 pieces of poster board together to make the a same size space as the entertainment center. I then used scrapbook adhesive to stick the scrapbook papers to the poster board. I then cut a few holes in the finished backing to run cords through, and went about detaching every single cord back there and snaking them through the pre-cut holes in the backing. Staple gun the whole thing to the back of the entertainment center and you're done!

The finished result- fabulous!

The project was super cheap too-
Poster board- 4 pieces at 99 cents each
Scrap paper- 16 pieces at 89 cents each
Adhesive- $4.99
Staple gun- already owned

Grand total- $23.24


carterandhaileysmommy said...

I love it!!! What a great just keep working on your house and I am going to steal all of yours (and Sarahs) ideas. :)

Terri and Jack said...

Looks great, Chrissi!! You are such a Martha Stewart! (And I mean that in a good way ;)

sarahbclark! said...

chrissi, you are amazing. i am in awe.

sarahbclark! said...

and wait, isn't that the same pattern as your blog background? was that on purpose?

Taylor Kowallis said...

awesome job chris! it looks great!

Megan Payne said...

nice, martha!

Angela and Mike said...

AWESOME ...and the paper looks just like your blog background. haha. I saw almost the same project done on HGTV Design to Sell yesterday, how funny. It looks great though! Way to go.