With all the care you take to create an attractive atmosphere in your home, there is one feature sticking out and marring the room. The eyesore circuit breaker box has to stay. But it does not have to stay ugly. Use some strategies to make it a decorative plus instead of the worst looking thing in the house. In one afternoon, you can convert that breaker box into a display that will make you smile. Make the circuit breaker box into an unexpected focal point to display something you love.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Frame (optional)
- Glue (if needed)
- Photo corners (optional)
- Self-adhesive magnets
Clean the breaker box with a sponge or rag and a mild soap such as castille or dish soap. Wipe it down with plain water to rinse. A clean surface makes a good start for turning it into an art display.
Measure the circuit breaker box and make a note of the measurements.
Select a project you will enjoy doing. You could make a collage, a montage of family photographs/art photos or frame a print of a favourite artwork. Choose a project you can complete right away, so you do not end up with an unfinished project and an ugly circuit breaker box. Plan a project that will not weigh more than two pounds so it will be easy to use the breaker box when you need to. Select an artwork you can make in a size large enough to cover the entire front of the circuit breaker box.
Plan the project, assemble the materials you have on hand and make a list of any materials you need. For example, gather the family photographs you want to use and lay them out on the table. Measure the group's width and height and ensure it is large enough to cover the breaker box. To make it larger, add more photos or take it to a photo processor for enlargement. Buy a frame in the size needed to cover the breaker box. If you are going to group individual photos, get glue or photo corners. Art supply and variety stores carry frames or you can shop for one online. Film developing locations will make enlargements. Pick up four powerful magnets and some extra-strength adhesive from a hardware store.
Assemble the project. For example, take the backing out of the frame and attach the photos with glue or photo corners. Allow the work to dry, if necessary. Put the backing back in the frame.
Turn the frame face down on a towel and glue the magnets to the back of the corners. Allow the glue to dry according to product directions.
Mount your art on the circuit breaker box.
Tips and warnings
- You can paint the sides of the circuit breaker box to match the frame to integrate it with the art display.
- There are photo frames available with matting cut to show numerous small photos.
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