My messy little secret

Last Thursday was the big reveal of my family room makeover for the One Room Challenge. My husband and I love being in there now and I am no longer embarrassed when friends come to visit. The room is clean and uncluttered but would you believe that I am hiding a very messy secret? I hinted about it during the reveal but this is my secret.


Yup, I kid you not when I say this unsightly mess is all for one wall mounted TV. Not only is there a rats nest of cords but that big white box to the right of the image is all part of it too. Seriously, who has all this for one TV? Is it because I am married to a tech guy? Regardless, I knew it was NOT going to be a part of the family room and hiding it behind a chair was not going to work.

So the low tech solution for this high tech problem was this. Lovely right??

family room skirt table

My husband made this “table” out of scrap wood in the garage. He measured the white box in the photo above and made sure we could slip this table right over it. For the two smaller boxes he made a shelf. I had my work room pad the top of the table and make a table skirt with flaps that could easily be lifted as needed. Finally, I had a piece of glass cut to size at an auto glass store for the top.

and voila!

table skirt

Underneath this pretty table are all those cords and boxes.

cords under tableIt’s difficult to get a good photo but you get the idea. Everything is hidden and it was a much more affordable solution than doing some sort of builtin to house everything and the space was too small for any kind of media piece.

I’m sure I am not the only one to suffer with an overload of cords but I would think that with wireless we wouldn’t need cords but evidently that is not true. I also suffer the same cord problem in my office but my desk faces the wall so I simply tape them behind the legs of the desk to hide them.

How about you? Do you have any other tips for hiding cords?

10 Responses to My messy little secret
  1. Sheila Reply

    I love it!! I was trying to figure out if it was a tv or printer. This is a great idea. And I like that you went to an automotive glass place to make the top. That is a source I hadn’t considered. When I lived in Toronto, our local glass shop was so over run with work, they couldn’t make a glass dresser top for me. Next time I will go to the auto glass shop!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Sheila, also a tip about the auto glass place is that they don’t charge designer prices. I paid under $25.00 and the edges are even beveled! The glass shop wanted $85.00 for the same top.

  2. deborah main Reply

    Love this reveal Linda!!! What a perfect solution. No, my messy cords are still exposed, but you’ve certainly inspired me to do something about it, thank you!! 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Deborah. It sure is nice to no longer look at that mess!

  3. Laurel Bern Reply

    That’s a brilliant solution Linda. And a stylishly chic skirt too!

  4. Maureen Reply

    GREAT solution for this problem. And love your family room reveal! The campaign chest is amazing! Hope you are feeling well!

  5. Tina Gleisner Reply

    Linda, Love how you took a problem & not only solved it, but created an extra piece of useful furniture too. In my office I’ve got half the wires hidden behind a foam board covered with fabric. Now we’ve got to corral all the wires under the desk & stuff them into this 1 inch (maybe less) diameter white tube which we’ll staple (??) to the underside of my desk. Guess I ought to post when it’s all done … and so glad to see you’ve come through a tough year in such high spirits, congrats!

  6. Angela Taylor Reply

    Dear Linda, I have so enjoyed seeing your room come to life! I absolutely love every single thing you did. I wanted to thank you for sharing what must have been the most difficult time in your life. You seem to have come through your trials with such grace. May the year 2016 be one of the best ever for you. I look forward to reading your future blogs with anticipation.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Angela. My Cancer is behind me now and I can look forward to and enjoy 2016. I wish the same for you as well!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so very much Angela for such kind words. I so appreciate it. Wishing you all the best in 2016 as well.

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