How can I cover up this ugly breaker box?

Lori Kelly
by Lori Kelly

It’s high on the wall. It’s ugly. And I have to be able to access it. Please help! I’m out of ideas. My decor is primitive.

Bed to the left

Closet door to the right

  22 answers
  • Hi, Lori!

    A frame can be built around the panel using 1x2 lumber and secured to the wall, then a decorative door attached to the frame. It will stick out a bit from the wall but will definitely hide the panel door plus provide easy access to the panel. I hope this helps!

    • Lori Kelly Lori Kelly on Jan 04, 2020

      I appreciate your answer. I’m not sure I can build anything, lol! This thing has been a thorn in my side for 21 years! I’ve had it covered with curtains, pictures, even a mirror. It all looked stupid because it’s so long! I hate it!

  • on Jan 04, 2020

    Can you find a long piece of artwork or tapestry that you could hand over it?

  • Deb K Deb K on Jan 04, 2020

    Hi Lori, here are some fabulous ideas, hope you like them!

  • Michelle Michelle on Jan 04, 2020

    How about painting out side frame then painting door with chalkboard paint to disguise and use

  • Or . . . Just paint the same color as the wall so that it disappears.

  • Pat Pat on Jan 04, 2020

    Paint it the same color as your wall, as Naomie Moore said. Then put a tall plant in front of it.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 04, 2020

    Paint it or put a decorative piece on top. Kirklands has some really nice iron decorative pieces.

  • Emily Emily on Jan 04, 2020

    If you can post a picture of that whole wall, it might lead to more ideas. For instance maybe you can make it look very purposeful if you had two similar designs, even though you need only one. You need balance. That is why what you have done before has not worked. A friend one time had a similar problem. She had a big bed against a wall that had only one window. . . to the right of the bed as you looked at that wall. I suggested she pretend she had two windows, one on either side of the bed and so she made Roman shade type curtains out of fabric matching the bedspread. Only one of the curtains was functional, but it gave balance. Can you post a picture of the whole wall? Maybe you could do something similar.

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    • Emily Emily on Jan 05, 2020

      Oh, O.K. I thought this was a kitchen for some reason. What you need to do is to create a cover for the breaker box AND also for the space on the other side of the bed so you have a pair. For instance you could get a print the right size or a piece of fabric or a piece of wallpaper, glue it on the breaker box and hang a frame around the whole thing. do the same thing on the other side of the bed. Why, what you have done does not look right is because you have a disparate element just kind of hanging out there. You need to make a pair ot it.

  • William William on Jan 05, 2020

    I agree with Naomie. Just paint it the same color as the wall.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 05, 2020

    You could paint the outside border white to look like window frame. Then go to Dollar Tree and get the wall stickers that are repositionable. They don't harm painted surfaces either. So it could look like your looking out of a window using flowers on the door to breaker box. Get real detailed and give the "window " some panes, paint top part of door to look like sky, ugly green would be grass for flowers . Using those "stickers" you could change it up monthly or every season.

    Tip: check many Dollar Trees cause they all seem to carry different ones.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 05, 2020

    Since it's right there to stay, paint it in a color you love and get some decorative magnets and use it as a memo board.

  • Rymea Rymea on Jan 06, 2020

    You could put a full height closet bifold door over it. They are available in 24" widths. You could probably hinge them to the wall or hang them somehow.

  • Rosa Rosa on Jan 07, 2020

    I used contact paper on Mine.

  • Bonnie Hampker Bonnie Hampker on Jan 07, 2020

    I hung a painting c mine.

  • Wanda Wanda on Feb 04, 2020

    I have the same panel and sponge painted it. Since you have the paint already you probably have a sponge also. Have fun!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Mar 02, 2021

    If you’re worried about putting a mail into the electrical cables for a picture-

    mount the pic to foam core board and then mount the foam core board with double stick tape to the door.

  • Hang a picture or some type of wall hanging, quilt, etc.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 01, 2023

    Strategically placed artwork, framed message boards, or a weaving or tapestry are all viable options for covering up obtrusive electrical eyesores. HGTV suggests inserting child proof safety plugs into unused outlets before covering with artwork.

  • Janice Janice on Jan 20, 2024

    Get a canvas print that will coordinate with your bedroom that is rectangular and will fit right over the opening. When you need to access, just remove the print momentarily.

  • Painting it the same color as the wall works well. Prime it first then paint. Or, hang artwork over it, make a framed box that hinges, or as I did, paint and stencil over it which really made ours disappear.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 22, 2024

    Paint it the same colour as the wall. Cover with a Picture or a MIrror etc.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 22, 2024

    Put a picture on hinges of that so when you need to get into the breaker box you don't take the picture down just swing it open.