I have hypothyroidism, and as a consequence I tend to run cold–I’m tempted to bump the thermostat up every time I see it. Because it’s visible from the living room, the kitchen, and the breakfast nook, that’s basically all of the time.
***As I type this I can hear my mom saying ‘have you been taking your medicine?’ with her chin tilted up so she can peer at me through her bifocals. Yes mom, I promise.***
I’ve seen a few examples floating around on Pinterest for covering alarm panels and other household eyesores with art, and I liked how they looked. I worried though that covering the thermostat would interfere with its functioning. To test it, I balanced a stretched canvas painting over the thermostat for a few days and periodically peeked behind to make sure the temperature was holding steady. Once I was convinced that it didn’t have any effect, I decided to make it a more permanent arrangement.
I got two small flat hinges to affix to the frame. Because I worried about splitting the wood frame, I drilled tiny pilot holes and then screwed the hinges in by hand.
Then I screwed the hinges to the wall, and voila! Eyesore begone!
This thermostat is relatively new, and the wires for the old thermostat are behind a patched hole to the right of it. I didn’t want to drill into the patched area, so I decided to put the hinges to the left of the thermostat, even though they are more visible on that side. You can definitely see them, but I don’t think anyone but me would ever really notice.
Much better from all angles! An added bonus is that not seeing the temperature setting all the time means I’m less apt to bump it up a few degrees when I walk by. Except now that I think about it, it is pretty chilly in here . . . .
Do you have eyesores in your home, and if so, what tricks do you use to conceal them?