Asked on Mar 2, 2017

Breaker box dilemma! Any ideas?

M. M..Pat Starks-AustraliaLonnie
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I saw where another poster made her entryway adorable with the help of some peel and stick vinyl (and other things) and she hid her gray box by encasing hers in a box. That won't work for mine because it's behind the door. Putting a picture over it won't work either since the door bulges out, so it won't hang flat. I did what I thought would detract from it by putting something "cutesy-but-serves-a-purpose" (check the mirror before I go out the door), but it's like having Snow White sitting next to the ugly troll under the bridge. Take a look and help me with some ideas please!
20 answers
  • Pat
    Pat
    on Mar 2, 2017

    Can you paint it the same color as the wall?
  • M. M..
    M. M..
    on Mar 2, 2017

    Buy a picture frame or paint a "frame" around the box, paint the metal door of the box and attach magnets. Now, next to your 'last look in the mirror', when you are leaving, you have a magnet board to hold your coupons, shopping list, etc., to grab as you go out the door! I've even seen magnets strong enough to hold a ring of keys, but that might project too far out from behind the door. But as the previous person said, paint will be the best way to start. Even free-handing a painted elaborate gold frame with curlicues and swirls will be fun, (or cut scrapbook paper, use washi tape, and so on) and the magnets will add function! Put up an After photo of whatever you decide to do!
  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Mar 2, 2017

    You can install mirrored cabinet over the breaker box, so from the outside it looks like a regular cabinet, and you can check the mirror on your way out (I do the same! ) No one will be the wiser! have fun!
  • Jerri Cedrone
    Jerri Cedrone
    on Mar 2, 2017

    I hung a large outdoor garden flag on a pretty curtain rod to cover my breaker box. Just like my flag on the outside, I change this one with every season.
  • D roach
    D roach
    on Mar 2, 2017

    can you build a frame around it and put mirror into the frame. You could hinge the side of the frame for easy access.
  • Nancy Gramm
    Nancy Gramm
    on Mar 2, 2017

    I'm not sure that what worked for me will for you but I'll put it out there. My last house was on the lake with stained bead board walls and copper accents. The breaker box, on the living room wall, was too high to cover with artwork so I painted the metal, frame and door, with copper metallic paint.This was done mid-'90s and not as much was available in metallic paint as is now. I used the Modern Masters brand, which IMHO gives a better finish than anything in a spray can. I actually liked it when done.
  • Lonnie
    Lonnie
    on Mar 2, 2017

    I plumb forgot to mention I am in an apartment building where there is a strict rule of "no painting" (or pay $300 non-refundable deposit, which I can't do). Thanks for the answers everyone! I'm going think about the frame thing because I can come out that much. Also, I'm liking the pretty flag idea too. Got me some thinking to do!  Thanks again!
    I will add an "after" when I come up with something!
    • Bev21254750
      Bev21254750
      on Mar 22, 2017

      I too live in an apartment, and I hung a large picture over it. If the frame doesn't hang flat, you can glue strips of wood along the back sides of the frame which will give the frame a bit more depth.


  • Launa Elaine Strickland
    Launa Elaine Strickland
    on Mar 2, 2017

    I'm not very clever or crafty, so I hung a piece of art over mine. Simple to remove when I need access. I look forward to seeing your solution!
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    on Mar 2, 2017

    Frame it !! Cut out contact paper or wallpaper to fit so you can still open it if needed then add a frame around the whole metal cover. Cheap and easy.
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    on Mar 2, 2017

    Oops, I forgot to say, can be peeled off later and you can change it out any time you want to with no damage. Use something like 3m strips on the back of the frame so you don't even have to put a nail in the wall!
    • Jennifer
      Jennifer
      on Aug 20, 2017

      Aww so sorry to hear that , try the outdoor heavy duty ones, maybe that will work. The only trouble I have had with sticky strips/hooks has been weight so I either use more or bigger ones... and sometimes they don't work at all.
      I hope you can figure something out so you can cover up the ugly!
  • Pat
    Pat
    on Mar 3, 2017

    I have a picture of my daughter and me hanging over mine using the small round hooks in frame and small cup hooks in wall.
  • Marcia Douglas
    Marcia Douglas
    on Mar 4, 2017

    I found a cute tapestry and hung it on a curtain rod, Even the Command hooks could be used to hold the rod. Easy, no residue or damage. Good luck!
  • Mary
    Mary
    on Mar 4, 2017

    A shadow box frame would work
  • Gen18140028
    Gen18140028
    on Mar 4, 2017

    Mine was in a bedroom I did a fancy rod and hung a beautiful throw on it. No one knew It was beautiful
  • Mum Vickery
    Mum Vickery
    on Mar 4, 2017

    Just my opinion -
    I like Geneandhelen's idea. I guess what I like about it is it's a more "generous" look. If you just cover the box, it looks like a deliberate attempt to cover one thing.
    Also, using CecileH's idea of "framing" it, yes, and have two complimentary ones beside it. That way, it looks like a considered arrangement of art, not just covering something ugly.
  • Meg
    Meg
    on Mar 6, 2017

    Use a painting on canvas frame thatvis larger that the dimensions of the breaker box. They are on a hidden frame. If the edges of your painting are not finished you could easi paint the edges black. Easy fish. Little or no work b
  • Beth Hammett
    Beth Hammett
    on Mar 7, 2017

    I bought a cheap but pretty curtain rod and hung a beautiful blanket on it then placed it over our breaker box, which is identical to yours and located in our dining room. I spent about 5 dollars on the project as I already had a quilt made by a family member.
  • Lonnie
    Lonnie
    on Mar 11, 2017

    This is my finished project and I no longer have to look at my breaker box. It's amazing how this is noticed (and remarked/complimented on) when people come in the door. $4 picture on canvas at Goodwill, $5 hinge set from Ace, $2.50 gold stick on decorations from WalMart, and a $1 peel and stick "Welcome" from Dollar Tree ( white and black acrylic paint I already had). So, for $12.50 ...wah-lah!!! Thanks for all the awesome suggestions everyone. I'm so pleased with how this turned out. Let me know what you all think.
    , Forgot to take a picture of the picture it was very blue like the paintbrush handle blue This is after one coat it took three I painted the sides edges black, Had to go inside my pantry to get this picture LOL, The door to the breaker box is off whack This is through no fault of mine It s been like that since I moved in It looks dirty but I swear it s not Something in how the photo is, The hinges being placed on the right side was done on purpose not due to backwards thinking I didn t want to see any hardware
  • Pat Starks-Australia
    Pat Starks-Australia
    on Nov 20, 2017

    VERY NICE :)
  • M. M..
    M. M..
    on Nov 21, 2017

    Use magnets to hang your coupons, shopping lists, to do lists for another helper by the door..
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