How can I cover these ugly water pipes without grinding the wall?

q how can i cover these ugly water pipes without grinding the wall
Please help, SOS!!!
  13 answers
  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Feb 10, 2018
    Perhaps paint them the color of the walls to make it blend in with the wall. Another suggestion would be to put up a shelf just above it that will take the eyes off the pipes.
  • Cathy Dillon Cathy Dillon on Feb 10, 2018
    What is Grinding a wall? Anyway -- in my house the horizontal pipes would be full of 'stuff' placed there 'for now'! One idea is to paint them the same color as the wall. Another idea is to go with the "pompidou" museum esthetic and accentuate them rather than even try to hide them! The metal ? pipes I would probably favor installing a shelf Just slightly above them , With the Huge PVC? White pipe I think it is hard to get paint to 'stick' on PVC, so That is more difficult. WIth paint... you can make magic... How about designing some sort of mural scene - such as a woodland or garden and use the existing pipe lines as part of your design. That would be fun.. Maybe the big white pipe is a birch tree and the horizontal pipes are ummm part of a stream in the background?
    • Dan32303912 Dan32303912 on Feb 10, 2018
      Hi Cathy grinding is when you cut open spaces in the wall with a grinder to hide the pipes in and close it with cement afterwards where you just see a flat wall with no ugly pipes.
  • SandyG SandyG on Feb 10, 2018
    Is that a painted cinderblock wall? You could possibly get or make some cabinets and take the back out of the cabinet and configure to hide most of the pipes about the sink area. Or build a box to cover and again, you will be able to hide most, but not all. Good luck.

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  • Rosanne Rosanne on Feb 10, 2018
    You could try buying some artificial foliage such as ivy and winding it around the pipes to make a really pretty feature of them.
  • Deborah Forrest Deborah Forrest on Feb 10, 2018
    great Idea Cathy
    • Cathy Dillon Cathy Dillon on Feb 10, 2018
      So glad you liked it. .. The painting? That idea was inspired first; by a visit to Pompeii and the intricate tile mosaics that they used such a long time ago. More recently, a lady I know had a painted mural in her bathroom that felt like a french cottage. It was remarkable.I don't have the art skills to create a masterpiece, but just doodling around on paper for a few days or weeks you might come up with something you really like. I also saw two very clever posts on facebook of tromp d'oile ( sp ? sorry french for 'fool the eye') painting. One was a wiggly hallway floor,( to keep kids from running in school!) the other was a crosswalk that appears to be a concrete block barricade! Now that I can see a larger picture I would say add shelves/ cupboards but if you are into the paint idea those could be part of your mural as well.
  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 10, 2018
    Is that a laundry room in a basement? You could build a faux half wall to cover all the small pipes but the stack will still stick out, paint it to match the wall or cover with matching tape. I would use some hinges on the plywood cover and studs to allow access to the pipes.
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    • Sharon Sharon on Feb 11, 2018
      Sorry you have no recourse to repair it. I've had a few of those friend experiences in my life. That is the craziest piping job ever.
  • William William on Feb 10, 2018
    I go with Nancy's suggestion. Paint them the color of the wall and a shelf just above them. Color and shelf they'd be hardly noticed. Who doesn't need extra storage anyway.
  • Jodie Woods Jodie Woods on Feb 10, 2018
    Once I saw a basement room that had the walls painted white, all the small pipes were painted copper and all the large pipes were painted oil rubbed bronze. Metal shelving was added in a gallery wall fashion around the pipe. It gave the room a nice industrial feel and turned ugly into beautiful!
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Feb 10, 2018
    I'd build a false wall in front of the pipes.
  • Cathy Dillon Cathy Dillon on Feb 10, 2018
    Oh- Thanks- That sounds like a much too drastic operation for me to even consider! What do people do when they need to see the pipes again ever?!
  • Susie Bonilla Susie Bonilla on Feb 13, 2018
    Cover them with piper cover .first paint them with a spray paint silver some thing fun.
  • Mia Mia on Feb 13, 2018
    you could try covering some of it with pegboard, also practical as you can hang things off it and it needs to be off the wall slightly anyway
  • Bre32673054 Bre32673054 on Feb 14, 2018
    What about using light weight panel/curtain. Ive done that before.
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