Dressing Up the Intercom

Ever home has them.  Wall zits.  Or, like normal people call them, outlets, vents, radiators, light switches.  These necessary things in our homes that are not always well placed, or pretty.  The apartment is also a victim of these wall crimes.  See for yourself.

ugly wall @ BandBBuildALife.com

In trying to create a little drop zone using the antique table we got from my parents, I realized that the wall needed some artwork to anchor the little vignette.  Trouble was, the intercom is RIGHT THERE.  Glaring at us.  And still in use.  So no big fancy mirror or large print.  Boo.

Then, while on one of our weekly trips to the ReStore in Pittsburgh, I came across this old beauty.

antique ReStore print @ BandBBuildALife.com

Though the Victorian woman is intriguing, what I was really drawn to was the frame.  And that naturally aged patina!  Soooo pretty!

antique frame @ BandBBuildALife.com

So Bill helped me out by popping the print out by removing the nails in the back…

antique frame @ BandBBuildALife.com

…and then he graciously held it up for me to see what it would look like.

dressing up the intercom @ BandBBuildALife.com

Yup.  Get a load of that arm in the edge of the picture.  He’s all mine, ladies. ;)

But the point of holding the frame up – looks pretty good, eh?  And if we set the intercom in the bottom corner the frame is actually centered on the wall!  So what to do…. just put the frame on the wall?  No.  Dressed up cork board?  Yes!

So after tracing the frame on an old cork board, Bill got to work murdering it.

bill cutting the cork board @ BandBBuildALife.com

Then he checked to see that it fit, and shaved off a bit more before it was just snug enough.

fitting the cork into the frame @ BandBBuildALife.com   fitting the cork into the frame @ BandBBuildALife.com

Then he measured the intercom and trimmed the corner piece to match.

fitting the cork into the frame @ BandBBuildALife.com   fitting the cork into the frame @ BandBBuildALife.com

But leaving it boring cork wouldn’t do.  I had planned to paint it, but Bill suggested using a scrap from the chevron drapes.  So I broke out the spray adhesive and clipped a piece of fabric the right size to fit the board.  After a quick coat of spray glue, I smoothed the fabric across the board.

spray adhesive to decorate cork board @ BandBBuildALife.com

spray adhesive to decorate cork board @ BandBBuildALife.comspray adhesive to decorate cork board @ BandBBuildALife.com

Once the fabric was secured smoothly to the front of the cork, I wrapped the edges around and secured them to the back with hot glue.

decorate a cork board @ BandBBuildALife.com   decorate a cork board @ BandBBuildALife.com

Then to put it all together, Bill applied tacky glue along the edges to adhere the cork to the frame.

decorate a cork board @ BandBBuildALife.com

After letting it dry overnight, I added some velcro command strips to the back for hanging.

hanging the cork board @ BandBBuildALife.com

And voila, a pretty cork board that helps camouflage the intercom and actually creates a functional feature too.  Now we can display fun photo strips or movie tickets, and even free coffee coupons too.

decorative cork board conceals intercom @ BandBBuildALife.com

decorative cork board conceals intercom @ BandBBuildALife.com

Intercom Art @ BandBBuildAlife.com

It’s helpful when you have anniversary flowers handy to dress things up.  They just keep blooming!

Intercom Cork Board Concealment @ BandBBuildALife.com

So what do you think?  I have hopes of painting the table, in a sort of muted version of what Pretty Handy Girl did with this table that was part of her Arts and Crafts Room Reveal recently.  Before we commit to painting it, Bill and I want to be sure it is more of a run-of-the-mill antique tables instead of a more one-of-a-kind type.  So far we know it is from Tomlinson Chair Manufacturers, and there’s a label that says ’209 Mahogany’ on it.

If you have any pointers on how to learn more, let us know!

~ Beth

Showing Link Lovin’ to these fine blogs….

Lil\'Luna The Well Crafted Home

About Beth & Bill @ B & B Build A Life

Hi! We're Beth & Bill. Two twenty-somethings navigating young love through their adventures in DIY, restoration and travel.
This entry was posted in Decor, Projects, Tutorials and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to Dressing Up the Intercom

  1. What a great solution for “disguising” those “wall zits.” That’s a funny term I haven’t heard before but I like it ;-D. Just a side note, if you do paint that half round table. Use a REALLY good primer on mahogany furniture. It will bleed something fierce if you don’t. Good luck.

  2. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  3. Kathy says:

    Ok this is pretty darn creative girl….I hate those must have distractions to our decorating walls that the contractors can not put somewhere less obvious too and you have given me some inspiration! Very well done!

  4. crunchydiva says:

    I would have NEVER come up with that! What a fabulous idea. High five! Found you thru Better After…

  5. Mel says:

    That is one of those *smack your forehead* ideas, but it took you two to bring it to life. Well done! I will be pinning this to show my apartment dwelling friends.

  6. beth says:

    Wow! You came up with an excellent way to “deal with” that wall! Great job!

  7. Faye (MacGIRLver) says:


  8. Pingback: 2012 In Review | B & B Build A Life

  9. Pingback: Book Project Bananza! | B & B Build A Life

  10. Pingback: ReStore & Anthro Look the Same | B & B Build A Life

  11. Pingback: AND some Decor | B & B Build A Life

  12. Elisha says:

    This is such a great project I love it and I’m so inspired to make my own now just gotta find a good frame. Thanks for the inspiration :) lovelishares.blogspot.com

  13. Pingback: Desperation Drapes | B & B Build A Life

  14. Pingback: Chevron Addicts Anonymous | B & B Build A Life

  15. Kelli Fox says:

    That is an awesome idea! Way to think outside the box! (or inside as the case may be) ;)

  16. rachelle says:

    Super cute! What a great idea to hide those ugly electronics.

  17. Pingback: Our 1 Year Blogiversary! | B & B Build A Life

Comments are closed.