Monday, April 7, 2008


Do you have an area in your home that NO MATTER how clean or how decorated it is your eye ALWAYS goes straight to the spot of imperfection? Below is a picture of our media niche. I have so many issues with this niche, including the fact that is sits above our hearth so a big screen was a must to fill it up, instead of a nice camoulflaging piece of furniture.
This entire wall used to be brick red. Since I repainted the entire room on a whim and could not remove the tv on my own, I left the niche red. Big mistake since it stayed that way for almost a year. The cords are just so ugly too!
I had picked up a role of this beautiful toile wallpaper a while ago, just because I needed to do something with it sometime. So because removing the tv is such a huge ordeal, I decided to "wallpaper" without removing the tv. It was fun and easy. I used staples that are hidden so there was no mess.
I am getting a lot of experience on the miter saw, so I trimed out the niche with a picture frame moulding. I painted the shelf and the moulding the same color as the wall. This was because I did not want this area to compete with the true focal point, the mantel and fireplace, right next to the niche.

Someday I would actually like to wall in the entire niche and use a flat screen, the entire thing just bothers me. BUT I really love this solution, for now. It softens the media crud and gives a little of the unexpected.

Where is your problem spot in your house? Stay tuned for more problems and solutions!


Jan said...

That looks really nice. I love that wallpaper. I can see you have quite a talent. My problem area is my bonus room. My 2 boys have left the house now, and I need to give it a rehaul to suit my daughter better. Its way to boyish and therefore we never use it. Thanks for the inspiration once again.

Poetry of Life said...

Wow!! It looks great! I'll have to look around and see where I can fit a little inspiration!

Stephanie said...

It looks great! You are such a creative person. I love it!
Stephanie B.

Hatch Family said...

looks great! it's fun to make little changes that make a big differenc.

Merci-Notes said...

Hi Jen,
Love your solution. I also like the large clock on the mantel... it draws your eye to there instead of the t.v.
You are sooo ingenious!


Liz R. said...

very clever! it looks great!