Artistic fix for ugly electrical panel

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  1. Primsong

    Primsong Young Pine

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    One of the very few things I didn't like about this house when we got it was that right opposite the couch in the family room was a dark grey electrical panel, just the view you (don't) want your guests to be left staring at. As a make-do we decorated it with some magnets, but I finally hit upon a solution that didn't make it difficult to get at - here it is...

    First I sanded it lightly to break the surface. I went all around the edge with rub-n-buff "autumn gold" (a bright copper look - goes with that room's decor)- this created a frame.

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    Next, a couple layers of background color to coat the grey metal after edging the copper area with blue painters tape.

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    Then some more layers, with some sponging and rubbing..

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    And finally a few light coats of satin varnish to seal it. Done!

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    I'm no Michaelangelo, but I think it sure looks better than it did. This pattern corresponds with a painting that is on the opposite wall of the room.

    Thought someone else might like the idea too. :)
     
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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    What a wonderful idea for hiding an eyesore. Great job Primsong.
     
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    Primsong Young Pine

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    Thanks! I so enjoy seeing what everyone else comes up with in their homes, it only seemed fair to share mine.
     
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    Wow, what a great idea. I never would have thought of that!
     



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    cajunbelle Daylily Diva

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    Very creative and inventive. I like it.
     
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    zuzu's petals Silly Old Bat Plants Contributor

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    Well done!! You turned a minus into a great big PLUS.
     
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    That looks super. Those things are so ugly. We had the same problem so I painted a picture big enough to cover it. Down with ugly!
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I'd probably have searched high and low for a picture to cover it up but would never have thought to paint it the way you have. :( What a brilliant idea!!!! :-D You'd nver know that there was an ugly electrical panel there at all!!! Prim you are a star. :D
     
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    Primsong Young Pine

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    I did that - I kept looking for a picture or mirror that would be the right size to mount on the door of it (as it still had to be able to be opened) - I looked into attaching mirror tiles to it with magnets, considered decoupage and a cloth hanging that looked like a fake window with a windowbox... which is why we've lived with it grey and icky for nearly three years already.

    Now you go 'do' something to yours and show us what you did. ;-)
     
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    Frank Happy Gardening Staff Member Administrator

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    Hehe what a creative bunch we have here at the Stew, I wouldn't have thought of that either.

    Would love to see that Prim.

    One question, where does the path lead?
     
  12. glendann

    glendann Official Garden Angel

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    I do love that idea.Prim and would never have thought of painting it.
    I hope a neighbor or stranger never has to run in and shut the power off fast.They will never find it.
     
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    CritterPainter Awed by Nature

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    That's really beautiful, you have a good eye for color!!
     
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    Primsong Young Pine

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    I can't say! It just wanders off into the mist in the other picture as well. :-D I have a sort of 'sunrise colors' theme with copper down in this room, and it looks rather like an early misty sunrise in a field with streaks of copper in the grass.

    No doubt there are gnomes hiding in the grass. :smt002

    I read about some folks who built an entire cabinet around their panel, like an old German cuckoo-clock, to hide it. Now that might be a bit much... this one at least is still the right size and shape, and it opens right up (I even painted the edges of the inside to match, heh).
     
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    manolok New Seed

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    Good idea,

    I've got something similar in my hall way and I'm going to borrow this idea.

    Thanks
    Manuel
     

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