We all want to hide something at sometime. In fact, we probably want to hide lots of things all the time! We hide toys in baskets and junk mail in drawers. We stuff our dirty laundry into a hamper. Camouflage is a good thing. It helps us hide the ugly, making the space beautiful.
Take this for example…TOTAL CAMOUFLAGE!!
This wall is in my basement, which is finished. For some reason the builder put the breaker boxes right in the middle of the wall. The main wall! The first wall you look at when you come into the room! He painted them, but they smack you in the face as soon as you enter the room.
Hence the need for some creative thinking. I did not want to do a large piece of artwork because the ceilings are not tall, the artwork would have to be huge and I had this Tivoli Console Table in black, from Pottery Barn, which fits perfectly on that wall.
So I decided on creating a gallery wall of pictures. I choose to use only black and white photos of my kids. The problem was that I could not hammer nails into the doors of the breaker boxes.
Enter 3M Command Strips for picture and frame hangers…
They are velcro! There are also different packs for different weights of your frames. So easy!
If you look very closely, you can see the line of the doors to the breaker boxes between some of the frames, but I have found that unless I point it out…no one notices. Camouflage!
So, there you go. A simple way to cover up an ugly wall with beautiful pictures of your family and friends. My gallery wall consists of very unique and unusual pictures of my kids. No straight-on head shots…only different “caught in the moment” kind of pics. Them racing across the lawn… Looking out over a pier at the ocean… Walking away… etc.
It’s my favorite wall in the house. I sometimes just stand and look…
Let me know what you think. Do you have any clever ways to conceal the ugly?
Sometimes when life gives you lemons…you make lemonade. When your contractor gives you ugly basement walls…you create camouflage!
P.S. If you want to see how I used these frames and photos to create another gallery wall, check it out here…