We have a breaker box on our wall in the basement. The previous owners did a nice job of putting a cabinet front around it to hide it, but for me that sticks out almost as much.
Then when I saw this printable over at I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar, I knew I needed it. My favorite line is where it says: “We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.” Very motivating!!
What does the printable I bought have to do with my breaker box?? It was my solution to cover it up. Here’s the before and after – what you see right when you walk down the stairs:
I bought the cheapest piece of thin plywood (I think the whole 4x8ft sheet was $7) and had it cut at the store. Then Trevor built a frame thing around it and I painted all the edges black – I was too lazy to do the middle, and it wouldn’t show anyways.
Then I took my print that I made (same as my giant picture – engineer’s print at a copy store – this time 2 ft by 3 ft – just like I am Momma, Hear Me Roar recommends), covered the back in spray glue, and pressed it onto my board.
Side note on getting it printed – it always takes a while, maybe 15 minutes, which sometimes can be long for kids but this time there was a display of mini Pillow Pets nearby which entertained my toddler the whole time. He has a regular monkey pillow pet at home so he was fascinated by these mini ones!
I asked Trevor to help me hang it – envisioning nails, etc, but he said “you can just sit it right on top of the old thing” – that genius hubby. See how the cabinet front this has trim that sticks out from the wall – – and so I just set the frame of my box thing on that ledge. Just set it on. That way when we need in the breaker box, I just lift it off. Perfect.
Sorry about the blurry pic – lighting in the basement is awful for pictures. That’s why I took a picture of it outside – I knew it’d be better…