If you live in a mid-century apartment like me, you’re probably overrun with tacky little things like this baby:
I’m guessing it was added in the 70′s based on the beautiful faux wood and all the other delightful details.
(Hint: If it’s in italics, it’s sarcasm.)
Yeah, it’s fugly. Not even misused phrases like “vintage charm” can help this sucker out.
(Amazingly it still works, so that’s nothing short of miraculous.)
In my slow-going but determined attempt to makeover the foyer….
… I decided this intercom cover was something worth tackling as well.
Of course, my enthusiasm got the better of me when I tried to remove the cover and realized it was all one piece, and hard wired to the electrical supply in the wall. Eek! I’m sure I could have eventually figured out how to disconnect it, but that’s not something I was terribly interested in (playing with electricity and messing with things that still work after 40+ years, that is).
Time to move on to my not-yet-determined Plan B. (Whatever that was.)
I pondered various ideas, including hot gluing a piece of paper or fabric to the cover and cutting holes for the speaker. Even though we don’t own the apartment, I was pretty sure that I could return the cover to its 1970′s glory if necessary.
Then I remembered a silver frame that I had gotten from Dollar Tree which happened to perfectly fit the box cover. Hooray! Plan B!
I took some scrapbook paper left over from my cut-out planner and taped it to the inside of the frame. I cut out the holes for the buttons using an X-acto Knife, but not before vigorously cleaning the buttons (all this time I had thought the buttons were yellow/brown, but under all the grime, they actually proved to be white!).
I attached the frame to the box (and the adjacent wall) using 3M Velcro mounting strips (which are one of my favorite things EVER).
Here’s the finished product:
See the slits cut for the speaker?
(Forgive the less than beautiful lighting in the foyer.)
I used the X-acto knife for those as well.
And just because we all like a good side-by-side before-and-after comparison, here you go:
I would call that a major improvement. And even though it’s bedecked in flowers and is undeniably girly, Josh gave it the OK (I actually got a high five because of my handiwork).
Now trying to persuade the pizza man to walk up four flights of stairs will be more enjoyable… at least for me.