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

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

Crib railing medal holder (and disguises ugly air vent)

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)

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)

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.  Now to make use of the rest of it!

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  1. you deserve the medal for this one! bravo!

  2. Awesome solution, Kelly! Award-winning, in fact! :)
    xo heidi

  3. What a great idea, Kelly!

  4. Brilliant! I knew you wouldn’t let a silly little vent beat you. I love the look.

  5. I wish we had thought of this when we were kids. Love it.

  6. Great cover-up! Your made up word is much more politically correct than mine. Kudos to that!

  7. 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!

  8. I don’t see any vent. What vent where? All is see are talented kids.


  9. what a great idea! you are so smart! :)

  10. BONUS! The girls get to feel like Olympians :) It’s a win-win!

  11. Do you think you could call it huge + awesome? hawsome :) It’s a great solution for a very unbehaved vent :)

    :) me

  12. This is a great way to hide a big ugly thing. Love that you used an old crib part!! A medal winning project 😉

  13. That is awesome! What a great idea!

  14. Great solution! Looks very cute!

  15. Hugely and rude are just the worst combination of all … unfortunately, I still have way too many hugely and rude atrocities taunting me in my house! Well, you certainly shut up that rude vent once and for all!



  16. Good Lord! Why would they put a vent THERE????? Great job hiding it!

  17. That is an awesome fix Kelly! Your girls must be so proud!

  18. 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 :)

  19. Great idea! So creative! Stopping by from Kristin’s party.

  20. must love junk says:

    That looks great-what a fantastic fix to your ‘problem’! Very clever :)

  21. I may have to break out my old swim team ribbons…this is too cute!

  22. 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!

  23. OK Kelly…this is officially a stroke of genius!!!

  24. chichomeschoolmama says:

    What a clever way to cover it up- good thinking.

  25. What a great way to repurpose the crib and celebrate your children’s achievements at the same time!

  26. Aren’t you clever? What a great solution to an ugly problem!

  27. So cool!! I would love for you to share this at my brand new link party,

  28. 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!

  29. 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

  30. Hi Kelly,

    You are so smart and creative! I love it.


  31. Oh I love this! As always, you are so creative and design so beautifully!

  32. This was perfecto Kelly! I really loved this post back in the summer too. I thought it was a super clever idea. Thanks so much for joining me.

  33. Ah-haa…great idea :)

  34. Right now it seems like Wordpres is the best blogging
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    read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  35. Ok, you’re brilliant, but we all know that.


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