How to Disguise a Breaker Box?

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I have this ugly thing in the hall of my new house. It isn't centered on the wall either. We are taking down the paneling and changing the molding and doors. But what to do to cover the 2 boxes. Why they are in the hall is beyond me. So so ugly. Ideas, please!


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  • Dfm Dfm on May 23, 2018
    Since it’s in the house, you do own it, but my electrician says don’t disguise it. He did say that relocating it would be expensive. It is what it is. Every house has one. Check with city or state codes in your area As to what they will allow.
    • Myrna Dixon StGeorge Myrna Dixon StGeorge on May 23, 2018
      I have a picture, just larger than the box(es) over them. I added a few others to make a wall grouping.

      Another idea -- on Trading Spaces, Genevieve made a large "farmhouse style" sign that said the family name & established ... if you're crafty, you might lookup how she did it and make one.
  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on May 23, 2018
    The large one I had another idea, see if you can have some of the outer part removed. I'd call an electrician, and see if he can recess the fuse box, and the small one so their flush to the wall. This is definitely an eye sore. You might have to spend some money, for the job to look nice so you can cover it with something.
  • Lindsey Lindsey on May 23, 2018
    I hung a picture over mine that covers it. When I need to open it, all I do is pull on the electric box "knob" and open it. The picture is hung on the door with a hook.
  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on May 23, 2018
    Wow! Building codes do require ( at least were I live ) that these be 'available at all times, in a central location' .... safety issues .... but .... they're still terribly unattractive! Best option - paint the same color as the wall... or get 'creative'... build 'frames' for them, and if you know someone who can do Trompe L'Oile painting to do a SERIES of paintings for the wall and do a 'gallery' ... various subjects, various sizes... https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/art-history-101-trompe-loeil or find someone to incorporate them into a whole wall mural ...
  • M.H. M.H. on May 23, 2018

    This is a great idea I found on Pinterest if you’re interested. Since you have two side by side you may want to do one big one to cover both.
  • 14731155 14731155 on May 23, 2018
    If you sew make a quilted wall hanging to cover it. Or find one online that looks old or go shopping and get a old one. With the quilt hanger it will hang it away from the wall unlike a picture that would snug the wall. Good luck with covering it. I believe that we have all had one in a odd place. Mine was in the kitchen. As soon as you entered BAM the fuse box. Now we live in an older house that the box is in the closet. Of course it's the biggest closet so it's mine.
  • Kay Jones Kay Jones on May 23, 2018
    I have several quilts that I hang to cover fuse boxes and other unsightly things. You can find rods that extend different distances from the wall to allow for different depths. You can access the boxes easily.
  • Sharon Sharon on May 26, 2018
    My old box is behind this picture
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    • Lisa0364 Lisa0364 on Jun 07, 2018
      That is what I thought. But when I put a big canvas art piece there, I was worried that it wouldn't look right because of the narrow hall.
  • B. Enne B. Enne on May 26, 2018
    I agree with the others...cover it with one large piece of artwork.
  • Kate Hollingsworth Kate Hollingsworth on Jun 04, 2018
    I agree one large piece of art looks best, but if that looks weirdly uncentered, perhaps a cleverly placed gallery wall? xx
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