See what I mean about the distracting ugliness of the meter, cables and gas pipe?! I have no idea how long the bowling ball can stay outside before discoloring and fading. However, it is a free decoration for now and in the future I can always paint, glue stuff on or embellish in some manner.
OK back to the project on hand...
I decided the quickest, easiest and cheapest fix is to paint the pipes and box white to blend with the house as much as possible.
The first thing I did (after putting on gloves getting rid of cobwebs) was use a wire brush and knock off all the flaking paint and rust. I hosed it down and let it dry overnight.
I used Rust-Oleum Flat White spray paint. Definitely an improvement! Ummm do you think I could talk the cable and phone companies into coming out and changing all the cabling to white cables? Hahaha. OK I am MAYBE just a little OCD about stuff....Seriously, do you think they would do so? Or maybe--I can get white tubing to go over the cables (like used for computer cables)?
This is only the 1st coat. Ignore the over-spray and spiderwebs. (gross) The rocks will be raked and the webs will get removed...again before a 2nd coat for everything. I didn't paint over the plastic cover or the serial number plate. I figured they might not be to happy with that. I don't know if I was even allowed to paint the pipes, so I guess I will find out if I get a fine or summons. Pay attention, I may be appearing on the most wanted posters in the post office. HA!
I thought about installing a series of large sized colorful pots with a trellis or obelisk and potted with some vining plants--perhaps cardinal climber or black eyed susan vine--would help conceal this eyesore this a little more. The plants must be able to withstand direct suns all day as this is a due west exposure. Several pots would be easier to move than one large installation .
Not bad for a few bucks and 30 minutes of time, eh?