Gearhead Problems

So, Hubs went through a triathlon phase a few years back and the love child of that affair was a bike that has hung on the wall of our den since the day he moved in.  When I moved in and suggested that we move it to the shed, his reaction insinuated that I had suggested murdering his first born.  I think he said something like, “ARE YOU PREPARED TO CLIMATE CONTROL THE SHED???”  Yeah.

So, the den has looked like this for quite awhile.

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This of course is one of MANY problems in this space.  The room is actually the original garage in the house, and when the former owners finished it, they failed to do things like drop the outlets below the half-way point on the wall, insulate the space, or do anything with the master electrical switch.

Luckily, we had these handy bookshelves hanging out in the dining room that didn’t really seem to go there either.


So we decided to do a little switch-er-oo moves. We started by moving the bike into a new temporary home in our guest room, where it will hang until we can mount a ceiling rig in our laundry room for it.  Then we went through bookshelves and purged out things we were ready to get rid of and prepped to move the shelving.

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The results are much improved.  We have plans to get some type of thin ply-board from Home Depot cut to fit between the two tall bookcases and paint it the same color as the wall to camouflage the electrical switch.  We’re thinking we can rig it with some velcro so it can be removed if we need to access the panel.

Down the line we would like to paint the shelving to lighten the space up, and eventually we’d like to fix the problem more permanently, but for now, it will look a lot better for a total cost of less than $50, which fits perfectly into our reno budget right about now. Not. Bad.

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Next will be to do some research on how to actually paint these laminate shelves, and how to style the shelving so it’s a little more “showcasey” and a little less “bookshelfy.”  The rest will have to wait for another weekend.  Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

4 thoughts on “Gearhead Problems

  1. Or you could get a piece of foam board, spray mount a poster on it and then attach velcro on the back. That would cover the panel and add visual interest.

    1. I love that idea. That would keep it light-weight enough that it would be a pain to move it. I wonder about spray mounting fabric or some of that fancy wrapping paper from Paper Source… Hmmm…..

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