So you just moved into a new place. You're completely stoked - it has all the things you've been looking for. Natural light (for days), wood floors, massive deck, vaulted ceilings and an updated, modern kitchen. (Is that crown molding?!) You go girl.
You've brought in all your furniture and rearranged it nearly 100 times until it reeks of perfect feng shui. Pictures slowly go up on the walls, and damn - that new throw blanket is giving you LYFE. ...Then you see a MAJOR problem, and your heart stops.
A COAX cable is now protruding out of THE MIDDLE your main living room wall. Thanks, Chad (the Spectrum Internet guy). We don't even USE cable, and this hideous thing was 'required' to get internet up and running. (I know, first world problems). For months a jumbled mess of cords claimed space on the floor below the coax plugin (which is 5 isn feet up the wall remind you). I would walk by throughout my day, wondering how I could hide the ugliness and keep all my electronics functioning. Then Volia! My mom had her second garage sale of the year and I decided to give an ultra sad book a new home.
It was true that this oak piece was less than stunning BUT, I knew it would be the perfect storage and disguise solution I'd been searching for.
After two coats of Rust-oleum satin grey spray paint (approximately $3.99/can) I had great coverage and a nice finish. Caution, this cabinet is 6 feet tall and took 5.5 cans to cover. So overall, still only a $24 project!
Be sure to shake well before use, and hold the can about 5 inches from the service of the piece you're painting. If you get too close, the paint will get to thick and begin to run. (Not cute). Spray horizontally with the wood grain and don't go to heavy on the first coat. The trick is to layer.
Once the book case was dry, we hauled it upstairs and placed it against the wall in front of the plug area/coax cable - leaving about 2 inches of space. I moved all the cords into a cute basket and set it on top of the cabinet. The other option would be to drill a small hole in the back for the cables to weave through, but that seemed too permanent. Now, everything is beautifully hidden and we get some additional display/storage space! So in love with our it turned out, and I know this piece will be great in our next home.