And the Ribbon Goes to … Creatively Disguising an Ugly Wall Vent

I had a problem.

A huge, ugly wall vent.

But how to disguise wall vents?

In fact, it was downright hugly (huge + ugly = hugly).

Each time I climbed those three flights of stairs up to my attic, huffing and puffing from the exertion, that vent taunted me.

“No,” it said, “you can’t cover me because I need to suck air in or your heater & air conditioner won’t work properly.”

How to disguise wall vents - Crib railing so air circulates  kellyelko.com

There’s nothing worse than a hugly, rude vent.

Crib railing medal holder (and disguises ugly air vent)  kellyelko.com

I couldn’t let that vent beat me.

I had to come up with a way to make it stop mocking me.

Crib spring medal holder (and disguises ugly air vent)  kellyelko.com

Luckily, I had the rest of the antique crib languishing in my garage from My Crib Spring Memo Board.

And luckily, my girls are ribbon winners.

Tied to the railing, the ribbons take center stage and put that vent cover in it’s place.

Crib railing medal holder (and disguises ugly air vent)  kellyelko.com

An honorable mention goes to my Hubs for hanging this for me while dangling precariously from a ladder, perched on a third floor staircase.

So far, my estate sale crib has yielded me this and my Crib Spring Memo Board. Β Now to make use of the rest of it!

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  1. Yes, I so remember Kari’s oh so cute idea of displaying the ribbons…great idea Kelly to hide disguise the vent!!…I love it!…Now off to figure out how I can disguise my ugly vent in the foyer…you two are giving me some great inspiration!

  2. Kudos to your husband for doing this, I get vertigo looking at the picture thinking of him up there! But what a great solution to your hugly vent. Covers it very well, and what you do see isn’t intrusive like before.
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  3. Kelly, Where was this post when my kiddos were dripping with medals and “participation” ribbons! This is such a wonderful display! Isn’t it so nice that your kids will see how important they are to you!
    I love this!!!!
    Won’t you stop by StoneGable with this for TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS? Link goes live Wednesday at 8:00. Thanks!

  4. PERFECT!!! I have the springs from my Mom and Aunt’s crib hanging on the wall in our bedroom. I’ve been looking for a way to display some vintage linens. Perhaps I will have to bring the rails down and see how that goes. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Kelly~ uh-huh, there is something worse than a ‘hugely rude vent’ …it is a hugely rude vent showing out in front of everyone coming and going!
    What are builders thinking, when they put a vent there? Seriously?! And.. why can they not paint it the same color as the wall? I’ll tell you why…because they haven’t installed it on the day the painter’s are there…that’s why!

    Oh excuse me… I forgot my manners. Cute Ribbon display. What an interesting place to put it…right in the stair well, where it can be admired by people coming and going! You’re so creative.
    =) Pat

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