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Interior Designs Ideas: How to Decorate A Wall

Updated on July 17, 2012

Make Wall Art: Easy and fun ways to make a recessed shelf in a wall look less messy and boring

Having a recessed shelf in your wall is a great way to expand your living space. It is a perfect place for you to display your favorite collections if the shelf is a good looking one. However, if the recessed shelf is constructed in a rough way, while it might still be very functional because you can store your stuff in it, it creates an unpleasant sight, especially if it is in your living room where you entertain your guests. Here is what I did to cover up that unpleasant space while we still have an easy access to it:

Best Cover Up - Easy and Fun

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Finally there is no more holes in the wall and no more messiness.  At the same time I got to show off seven pictures that I like but didn't pay a dime on picture frames.This is the hole and messiness I was talking about.  I don't mind if this was in the garage.  But having something like this in a family room seemed out of place.Especially when a black TV sat right underneath it.  I wanted to use something to cover it up.  Something that could cover up the mess but still allow access to that space.So I searched for something that was not rigid so that I could easily lift it up and retrieve my stuff in there.  Window curtain became my first choice.  And black fabric should go with the black TV. Well the curtain did hide the messiness.  But now I had a large area of black.  It didn't look much better than before.So I printed some pictures and cut out some oval shape paper.  Put them face down.  Used some threads to connect them together and secured the threads to the pictures and paper with tape.And tested the result before hanging it up on the wall.  It works better than custom photo frames.I was planning to sew the end of the threads on the other side of the curtain but couldn't find the needle. So I used my kids' old toys as weights to stop the pictures on the front from dropping down and taped the threads to secure their positions.Now the messiness was replaced by something I enjoy to look at everyday. And I still have a very easy access to the place behind that curtain.   It cost me less that $20.  I think it's worth it.  What do you think?
Finally there is no more holes in the wall and no more messiness.  At the same time I got to show off seven pictures that I like but didn't pay a dime on picture frames.
Finally there is no more holes in the wall and no more messiness. At the same time I got to show off seven pictures that I like but didn't pay a dime on picture frames. | Source
This is the hole and messiness I was talking about.  I don't mind if this was in the garage.  But having something like this in a family room seemed out of place.
This is the hole and messiness I was talking about. I don't mind if this was in the garage. But having something like this in a family room seemed out of place.
Especially when a black TV sat right underneath it.  I wanted to use something to cover it up.  Something that could cover up the mess but still allow access to that space.
Especially when a black TV sat right underneath it. I wanted to use something to cover it up. Something that could cover up the mess but still allow access to that space.
So I searched for something that was not rigid so that I could easily lift it up and retrieve my stuff in there.  Window curtain became my first choice.  And black fabric should go with the black TV.
So I searched for something that was not rigid so that I could easily lift it up and retrieve my stuff in there. Window curtain became my first choice. And black fabric should go with the black TV.
Well the curtain did hide the messiness.  But now I had a large area of black.  It didn't look much better than before.
Well the curtain did hide the messiness. But now I had a large area of black. It didn't look much better than before.
So I printed some pictures and cut out some oval shape paper.  Put them face down.  Used some threads to connect them together and secured the threads to the pictures and paper with tape.
So I printed some pictures and cut out some oval shape paper. Put them face down. Used some threads to connect them together and secured the threads to the pictures and paper with tape.
And tested the result before hanging it up on the wall.  It works better than custom photo frames.
And tested the result before hanging it up on the wall. It works better than custom photo frames.
I was planning to sew the end of the threads on the other side of the curtain but couldn't find the needle. So I used my kids' old toys as weights to stop the pictures on the front from dropping down and taped the threads to secure their positions.
I was planning to sew the end of the threads on the other side of the curtain but couldn't find the needle. So I used my kids' old toys as weights to stop the pictures on the front from dropping down and taped the threads to secure their positions.
Now the messiness was replaced by something I enjoy to look at everyday.
Now the messiness was replaced by something I enjoy to look at everyday.
And I still have a very easy access to the place behind that curtain.   It cost me less that $20.
And I still have a very easy access to the place behind that curtain. It cost me less that $20.
I think it's worth it.  What do you think?
I think it's worth it. What do you think?

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you lydia51! I am glad you liked it. :)

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      lydia 5 years ago

      good idea!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you cleaner3 for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      very nice and easy. great idea.