Friday, August 6, 2010

A Quick Cover for an Unsightly Electrical Panel Box

Why on earth I ever agreed to allow the builder to put the electrical panel box on a very open wall in the basement family room I will never know.  I guess that falls under the “pick your battles” category.  Meanwhile, I am stuck with a very UGLY grey box at the bottom of the stairs.
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I’m talking a BIG  ugly grey box. It is 40 inches tall!!
Solution: get to the nearest flea market as soon as possible. Purchase an old shutter that is big enough to cover this monster.
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Use any leftover paint to paint your shutter. Print off signage from the computer and transfer it to the shutter.  I used old fashioned carbon paper for my transfer. Paint the lettering then lightly sand with fine sandpaper.

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Hang your new masterpiece.While this is certainly not “artist” material, it beats that UGLY grey box!

1 comment:

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Ugh, I feel your pain on this one. I'm dealing with a similar situation in the otherwise fabulous and huge laundry room of a house we bought. Unfortunately, my panel protrudes several inches out from the wall so your very creative shutter trick won't work for me. :(