Covering an Electrical Panel

My front entry now has a beadboard feature wall and my ugly electrical panel is nicely hidden behind a chalkboard door:

I wanted to do a small beadboard panelling project to get used to working with the panelling and my new tools before the major bathroom let's-put-beadboard-on-every-surface project.  I'm so glad I did because I had some issues with the tools that needed to be addressed before continuing...

So back to my front entry. There was a ginormous electrical panel and a huge chunk of missing drywall.  Since I still had some electrical work to do in the house, I had to find a way to hide the missing drywall until I was finished my projects.



  I bought a cube storage unit that was 36" tall which effectively hid the missing drywall.  To hide the panel itself, I built a couple of t&g pine panels and hinged them together like shutters:


Now that the electrical work is mercifully done, I can finish the wall and trim out the panel.  I decided on beadboard panels so that I didn't have to deal with mudding, taping, sanding and dust everywhere.  So I installed one piece of beadboard which snugged up to the edge of the electrical panel:

so now you can the ugliness I've been trying to hide.  This is right at my front door...
I built a simple box around the electrical panel with 2x4s, running it right to the floor so that it would be properly anchored and allow me to hang a hinged door over the panel:


Then I installed beadboard over the bottom half of the box and above the box:


Ooooh it looks so much better already!!!

Next task was to build a door panel to cover the electrical panel itself.  That extra box on the wall is a pain in the butt, it is where the panel used to be when the house was built and there are conduits sticking out of the wall and other messes that... well, it has to stay.


I took a piece of maple veneer and cut it down to fit.  With some decorative hinges and a couple of coats of chalkboard paint, I was thrilled with the final product!  


 I love this little bench, but the colour of the wood didn't work with the other pieces in my entryway sooooo


a coat of white paint and a good distressing later


And the door got a fresh coat of paint in a pretty blue to give a welcoming pop of colour.



                                                   VOILA!  Cute Electrical Panel Cover!

B E F O R E 

Electrical Panel Cover Photo
A F T E R

Oh and if you want to see what I did with that cube storage unit that was hiding the mess, here's a sneak peek:


Click HERE for the details!

Have a happy and creative week!







55 comments:

  1. Wow! Your entryway looks beautiful....I love the color you chose,everything looks so pretty against that color on the wall...wonderful job! I love how you transformed that bench, the finish looks beautiful! Nice job of hiding that electrical box:)Thanks for the inspiration. Have a lovely day!Hugs,Poppy

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  2. Anne you did an awesome job on that wall! I LOVE bead board!! Cute idea using chalkboard paint on the door.

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  3. I love the way you hide the electrical box! Your entryway looks great!

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  4. That is a great idea! I love how you solved your ugly problem with a beautiful solution. It looks fantastic !

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  5. Nice job Anne! Looks great!
    --Katie

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  6. great job hiding the uglies, anne! i LOVE bead board:) your entry looks wonderful now!

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  7. This looks great Anne! I love the chalkboard to hide the electrical box. Your Paris sign is lovely too. :)

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  8. Great solution! There is nothing a little beadboard can't fix.

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  9. The entryway looks grerat what a good way to hide the electrical box. Very good idea.

    Cynthia

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  10. Hi Anne, We are lucky that the electrical panel is in the basement and so I have never had to worry about hiding it. You were super creative with your solution and I think it looks great. I also like the coat rack and the Paris sign above it.

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  11. That looks great. I love beadboard and I've been trying to figure out where to use some since we moved in.

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  12. Looks great Anne! but how
    do you open it?

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  13. @Heidi - There's a knob on it, you can see it in the very last photo. But even without the knob, you can open from the top edge of the panel.

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  14. Oh! I guess I was confused because the hinges are on the right and the box is there on the left, some what blocking it. Either way- I Love it! :o)

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  15. Beautiful job! Love how it turned out. You're amazing!

    Jody

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  16. Wow...wow...wow...you are amazing...what an unbelievable job that you did....and covering that ugly electrical box so beautifully is beyond amazing!
    You know that show on HGTV that is like design star but for "handymen"....well you should enter...you definitely deserve your own show..."Anne of a Thousand Solutions"....

    Super job "Aqua Woman"...super!!!

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  17. What a clever way to cover an electrical panel. I have one in the laundry room that I just might do this to. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Aloha Anne! Thanks for the kind words about our kitchen. Means a lot to me :o)

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  19. Anne, you just don't stop, do you?! I am always amazed at the projects you pull off.
    Have a great weekend...don't go off and build a barn or anything....

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  20. GREAT JOB. And, you do all that YOURSELF???!! Amazing.
    Hey, I love your blue/green door and the glass doorknob. Sweet.

    Im now following you. Please come visit me and maybe you'll follow back. 8-)

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  21. Wow, you are so creative to cover your electrical box with a chalkboard, I love it!!

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  22. YAY~ Bravo, Anne, you have made a huge difference there in your entry! It really looks beautiful now! The little bench, the table and the door covering the electrical panel look fabulous together!!!
    I am in awe of your abilities, dear girl!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  23. Anne, I love it!!!!!! It looks great. I love the white bench there. What a great color on the door too! It looks so great ! Thanks for linking up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  24. Hi Anne...found you at Homespun Happenings! I just love bead board. You did a great job hiding the electrical box. The whole area looks very inviting now. Just joined as a follower. ~ Judy @ addicted2homedecor

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  25. Really a neat idea Anne, you are such a go-getter! Love the bench painted white!

    Rondell♥

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  26. Hi ~ found your lovely blog thru Time Travel Thursday! Such a great post you've shared today! I love how you worked around the electric box. Beadboard looks great! And I LOVE the color of your front door, too!

    I'm having a Wedding Blog Party right now over at my blog (and a little giveaway, too) so please stop by if you get a chance!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  27. You are a regular little "handywoman" aren't you. Super job. Love the chalkboard paint on the door. From one coast of Canada to the other...Have a super weekend!

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  28. Hi darling, you are so creative. You did a great job of covering the electrical panel. Such an inviting entry.. love the small bench.
    hugs ~lynne~

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  29. Thanks so much for linking up and for grabbing a button!

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  30. Wow, Anne, it looks great! You did an awesome job. What a difference!
    Hope you're having a good weekend!
    Cindy

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  31. Wow, Miss Super Carpenter! It turned out great. I love the bench painted white and distressed. Is that the same door that you showed in an earlier post? It's such a pretty color.

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  32. That is fabulous Anne, You are quite a handy gal!
    Another beautiful result, the bench looks great blends in nicely.
    have a great weekend,
    Hugs Rosemary..xo

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  33. What an amazing job...so well done. You are a genious in my books... love it:)
    Love how you keep going at a project until you get the look you really want.
    xxx

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  34. Anne,
    How creative!!!It looks great!What a great idea to paint it with chalk paint.
    (((Hugs)))
    Anne

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  35. Anne I sure hope you don't have to have your home inspected. It would not pass the National Electrical Code with anything in front of the electrical panel. I have a big panel on my back porch that I painted with chalk paint but it had a metal cover on it. You made a
    really neat cover and I am with you it did hide the ugly.

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  36. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my creepy paint job. So glad it's gone!!

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  37. You did a great job covering your utility pieces. The hallway looks so fresh and pretty now, and what's not to love about that great front door?! I have been stopping by for a bit, and now am following on GFC and Linky Followers. I also added your blog to my sidebar list of favouritie Canadian bloggers.

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  38. Love how you hid the box so clever!! Have a wonderful week.
    XO
    Kristin

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  39. @Elsie - in Canada, an electrical panel that has the breakers exposed MUST be covered. No worries about an inspection here :)

    Thank you for your comment!

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  40. great solution to a bad situation Anne!
    I love chalkboards!!! (oh and bead board!)

    gail

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  41. Hi Anne,

    WOW! Now that is an amazing difference. Beautiful!

    Dee

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  42. You did a great job and it looks beautiful...Connie

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  43. Anne,
    You had some wonderful ideas...love how you used all of them.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  44. Hi! I just found you thru Cowgirl Up Party and am your newest follower. I love your style (and your cat!)
    I'm a new blogger-would love you to visit :)
    Susan

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  45. I love it and you are just so clever AND handy!

    :)

    Linda

    And your email deliveries telling me of new posts must be going into my spam ... I stopped by to see why so quiet and realize I've missed two posts!

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  46. Your entryway looks wonderful! Great solution for covering the electrical box. I love the way you painted the little bench! Thanks for linking up to the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

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  47. That is such a clever design you came up with! It looks so good!!
    Blessings,
    Susie

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  48. Well done!! It looks GREAT darling!!

    XO

    P.S. LOVE the chalkboard paint!!

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  49. So smart!! Everything looks amazing Anne - I don't think you can go wrong with chalkboard paint! I really like the temporary panels you made though too. You are a decorating machine!! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I always love having you!
    Jenn :)

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  50. Beautiful Anne! Great job again!
    Thanks for linking up this week! So happy you did!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  51. Sweet entryway, Anne and beautiful job on the details! LOVE it!

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  52. I love the way this turned out... you're really handy, aren't you?! Who needs a man when you have the tools and creativity to do it yourself!!! ;-) Your little bench looks good too... but I can't help thinking I need to get a can of FAT Paint to you!! LOL!
    Victoria

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  53. Great solution for hiding a circuit breaker box!! Well done.

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