Tuesday, October 18, 2011

d.i.why not? a.c. cover!

well, since i last wrote, i have been basking in the post nate show glow... i appreciate  the really great comments and compliments from everyone following my segment airing!  and a big thank you to my friend cindee for planning a mini nate show viewing party complete with my favorite indian food! i was nervous about seeing myself on camera (i can barely tolerate hearing my voice in an answering machine message, i am convinced i sound like a man) so i was grateful to have her with me for moral support! and my nonna was relieved that she did not end up on camera... i forgot to mention one of my favorite stories from the big day.. nonna called me the day before i flew to nyc and sounded very stressed out... when i asked what was wrong she said "holly, i'm-a just not-a comfortable getting on-a stage with you and-a nate.... why don't i just-a sit in the audience instead." i explained to her that she was not going to be on camera with nate and me and that she WAS going to be sitting in the audience.  she was so relieved to hear this and then exclaimed to me "well, then why did you tell-a me i have to wear pink???" ha! so, when you sit in any talk show audience, nate show included, the producers ask you to wear bright colors because it looks better on camera than a sea of black tops... anyhow, i thought it was really cute that she assumed it was because she was going to be on stage and was so nervous about it...

do you happen to notice something different about the photo above???? 

some of you may have guessed what my other last minute diy before my big nate berkus appearance was going to be... yep, i was building a cover for that darn air conditioner that comes through my living room wall... i knew there was absolutely no way i was going to shoot that house proud video without doing something about it!!!  and since fall has arrived, even though mother nature doesn't seem to have been clued in on that as it is 80 in l.a. as i type this, there is no need to leave this monstrosity uncovered!  i have to say i am pretty pleased with how it turned out! it kind of blends into my wall of vintage paint by numbers painting and album covers! bonus, it is a shelf too... perfect for displaying flowers!!!

and i love how perfectly it works with the rest of the room!

so, for the bargain cost of 10 bucks in materials, here's how i did it: 

supplies used:
  • wood and molding cut to size
  • wood glue
  • nails (and a hammer)
  • spray paint
  • gold disks (left over from my brass pendant diy project)
  • decorative paper (i got mine from paper source)
  • glue gun
  1.  i measured the outside of the air conditioner, including the ugly strips attaching it to the wall
  2. i drew a quick sketch of the a.c. with measurements listed and then i hightailed it to my local lumber store
  3. i explained to my new best friend jorge, working there, what i planned on making and asked for "the cheapest wood possible" to be cut to size, including molding to trim the front,  this way all i needed to do was assemble when i got home.
  4. and easy peasy... i glued the the pieces of wood together and then nailed them for security (note that the bottom of this is open. there is just a top, front and sides.
  5. spray painted it white
  6. glued my brass discs to the top of the molding (i originally was going to use nail head trim but found when nailing the piece together, the tiny nails caused the molding trim to crack a little so i knew it couldn't handle a thicker nail like my brass upholstery nails)
  7. final step was to cut the decorative wrapping paper to size and glue it to the front
  8. then i placed my new cover on the top of my ugly a.c. and jumped for joy!!

so much better than the before photo!

so, a few shout outs before i end this post! i have been meaning to send a big thank you to my friend darin for helping me to organize all of my featured on links and logos you see to the right of my page! he rocks for spending a sunday afternoon helping me! i am so lucky to have good friends that are so helpful! and to the gals at all women stalk for inviting me to write the almost 40 year old intern's 5 tips for design for their site! and finally to my new best friend chris at curbly for highlighting my groovy painted pink rug on his site!

so, for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter!

until next time...

the almost 40 year old intern


  1. So those are the discs that you punched out of the brass chandy? Awesome use of materials! It looks fabulous!

  2. Love this! I need to try something like this.

  3. I think this is a brilliant idea. BUT I love the side table between the two chairs!!!!

  4. love this! are those records you framed? or are those just posters? either way i love them!


  5. Jessica- They are vintage record albums that I framed. They each cost under $1 at vintage stores and yard sales! Glad you love them too!

    1. Yes, yes INDEED! Loving it babe, kiss kiss.

  6. i have a few old musical records that i have been wondering how to display them! thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I am going to try this for the new apartment I am move in to. So you just make a box without the bottom side, correct? Did you nail the box to the wall as well?

  8. This is a great idea. My rental apartment has the most heinous air conditioner imaginable, and I've been looking for a way to hide it. I would love to try something like this. How did you secure the cover to the wall?

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  11. Pardon my simple brain, but how is the cover actually attached to the wall? It is removable Im assuming? You are a clever person!

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