Hide Ugly Outlets & Thermostats

6 Materials
$50
1 Hour
Easy

Almost every home or apartment has that one weird thing on the wall. Maybe it’s a thermostat. Could be an old phone jack. Might be some bizarrely-placed outlet. Whatever it is, it’s probably unsightly. Like an unfortunate mole on your otherwise beautiful wall. Thankfully Kyle Schuneman is back with another 2BHack to save the day! Kyle shows you how to quickly and easily use a canvas art print to hide your ugly wall items. Plus you’ll make your wall prettier than ever! Bonus: extra hidden storage space.


See the full video tutorial below!


Step By Step Guide:


In this guide we’re going to be using a canvas art print to hide some ill-placed outlets and old phone jacks! This tutorial is ideal for our canvases thanks to their deep, solid wood frames. This leaves room for the wall objects to remain hidden without pressing against the back of the artwork. You can also try this with other types of artwork! Let your creativity run wild!


Step 1:


Lay your canvas print flat on a table top. To protect the artwork you can also lay down a blanket or towel first! Line up your hinges so that they sit flush along both edges. Drill screws through each hole in the hinges. Make sure your screws are shorter than the width of the frame so that you don’t accidentally drill clear through to the other side!


Step 2:


Now it’s time to attach the hinges to the wall. Use a level or other tool to insure that your hinges are straight and vertically-aligned. Kyle uses a professional level, but even a free iPhone app will suffice! You’ll want the artwork to cover the ugly wall units so choose your placement appropriately! Test out the hinges first to insure your positioning doesn’t become obstructed when opening or closing the art. Use a pencil to mark where the hinge holes line up on the wall. Now drill your next 6 screws through the hinges and into the walls. If your artwork is light enough you won’t need to hit a stud. If you have a very heavy frame then try as best as you can to mount the hinges into a stud!


Step 3 (Optional): 


Now that your art is attached to the wall you’re all set! However, you might find that you have some extra space to spare behind the artwork. In this case, take a hammer and nail in some additional storage! Kyle adds 4 nails so that he can hide some extra sets of keys. But you can use this additional storage for anything you want! You could even mount a smaller piece of art with its own additional storage like a little Russian doll. OK, maybe not that, but you get the idea.


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Have a question about this project?

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  • JC
    on May 14, 2019

    I have that ugly phone jack. I can not use screws and nails in my apartment. Any suggestions how I may do the exact same thing minus the screws and nails?

  • George
    on Jan 11, 2020

    If you cover the thermostat, it will no longer function properly. Don't do it.

    If you cover receptacles and low voltage outlets this way, how can you use them if you need too? Do you just leave the "door" open?

    • JIM HICKS
      on Jan 12, 2020

      right George. electrical outlets are a stinker if hidden behind

      framed art work as described. if art work can go just above

      the recepticle, a small shelf might be suitable to soften to look

      of outlet on plain wall.

      others might consider the newer 'flat plug', short electrical

      extension cords [multiple coulour choices] i see for sale at my

      dollar stores. if appropriate, extra cord could hang behind an

      art frame and the female end could hang through a 1/4 inch

      by 1/4 inch cut in the frames lower edge. no, it won't work for

      every application but suitable for most 2 prong plugs.

      yes, it could rest on a nice shelf if desired.


  • Inetia
    on Jan 11, 2020

    Doesn’t this keep the thermostat from sensing the room temperature?

    • JIM HICKS
      on Jan 12, 2020

      perhaps there is a an open mesh design you love.

      this would alow air to circulate.

      unseen make a 1/4 inch by 6 inch cutout ialong the

      frame, nearest the wall, on top and bottom of frame.

      this would alow air to circulate.

      my senior friend has her thermostat too close to her

      front door and during winter, the furnace comes on

      everytime someone goes in or out, making the home

      too warm for a while. these 'open' frames might let

      home temperature remain reasonably constant and

      cpould create a wonderful attractive wall for you.

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