How to Disguise an Ugly Electrical Box

Friday, July 31, 2015

I'm sharing how I completely disguised a large ugly electrical box in our laundry room by making a custom piece of artwork to hang over the top!

DIY stenciled electrical box cover

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Have you ever been stumped by a decorating dilemma? When we were working on our $200 Laundry Room Makeover, I had no idea what to do with this nasty electrical box that was smack dab in the middle of the wall!

unsightly electrical box in middle of wall

We were infusing farmhouse charm into our builder grade laundry room - adding a painted cabinet and new shelving, new DIY flooring, an antique door and other charming elements (you can see the full room transformation here)...but we were stuck with this BIG, ugly eyesore (did I mention it's ugly?)

I couldn't take it down because giving up electricity wasn't an option, and painting it would have helped a little, but not much. So what did I do? I ignored it and carried on with the rest of the room....and that's when it hit me (in the words of Gru from Despicable Me, 'lightbulb')...

I had a lightbulb epiphany, there's simply no other way to describe it! The item came that I could completely disguise the electrical box with a magnetic cover!

Working with painter's drop cloth is so easy...I just threw it into the wash and dryer right out of the package. I measured the electrical box, added an inch on each side for the hem and tore the drop cloth to the size I needed. There's no need to use scissors when cutting drop cloth...it rips beautifully and straight (you will get some messy strings). If you can't find a heavy-weight drop cloth, canvas duck cloth would also work well.

I used PicMonkey to create my arrow artwork, uploaded it to my Silhouette machine and let the machine cut it out for me...instant stencil!

I like to use stencil vinyl if I have it, otherwise I just use card stock for my handmade stencils; it's cheap and I weed out the colors I don't care for, getting rid of unnecessary craft supplies at the same time!

Here is the progression of my DIY electrical box disguise/cover...

DIY cover for ugly electrical box

Pretty cool right? I used small button magnets that I glued to the back and so not only does the cover go up easily...it's totally removable when we need to access the electrical box...in seconds!

magnets

Instead of seeing the ugly electrical box when you enter the laundry room through this amazing antique door...you see the cute arrow art! Nobody even has to know what it's hiding!! It looks like it was intentional decor!

Electrical box DIY disguise

DIY electrical box disguise

This functional and beautiful laundry room has become one of my favorite rooms, and this quick project was a bargain to make, and completely solves my problem of what to do with an ugly electrical box!

Do you want to know a secret? This room, this little 5 x 6 room had two eyesores that needed to be addressed. The electric box was one, and the other was a big 'ole niche above the washer with the faucets and plug...it was ugly too and also needed to be disguised but also easily accessible.

Here's a picture...don't you love how these eyesores are usually installed crooked?

unsightly

If you want to see how we cleverly disguised it, you can read about that project here.

The whole room is so pretty now, light and organized and charming. C'mon in and take a look around. You can see all the pictures in the final reveal right here as well as get links to all the projects and tutorials. You may be interested to see what a disaster this room was before its transformation; I'm happy to share that since the makeover, I've had no problem keeping it tidy...aside from a few dust bunnies (the bane of my existence!)

laundry room with farmhouse style

budget-friendly laundry room makeover

Do you have something ugly on your walls that you need to disguise? Maybe this DIY electrical box cover is something that you can adapt for your space.

I hope I inspired you today to to see past the ugly and add a touch of beauty and charm to an area in your home!

Have a fabulous weekend friend...we will be busy celebrating a birthday party tonight with a horde of preteen girls, a chocolate fountain, mountains of popcorn, presents and cupcakes! You might say a prayer for me {and my sanity}!

See ya next week!

bringing beauty to the ordinary,


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3 comments

  1. This is a genius idea!! Our electric box happens to be right where our family room is in the basement. So excited to be able to cover it so easily and decoratively. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope your makeover turns out awesome!! I'm so happy not to see that ugly box anymore in my laundry room!

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  2. Visiting from Funky Junk. Love it!

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