ATDC reader Laura needs help disguising an unattractive but necessary fixture: "Hi ATDC. I live in a room that was converted from a garage. You can't tell, except the electric meter is right in the middle of the wall by the door. When I moved in, they had placed a box over it, but all this really does is draw more attention to it and make it more obtrusive. Any good tips on how to hide it?"
We think the box is a good idea, but the scale of this one is all wrong. We recommend you buy or build a larger box with a hinged door to go over the meter and fill the frame with a favorite picture or poster or collage so it looks more like an ordinary piece of art on your wall. Because the box will be bigger, you don't have to center it on the meter- you can hang it in a spot that makes sense on your wall. AC Moore or Michaels might be a good place to look for a shadow box, or for an inexpensive wood frame to attach to the front of a box you build.
Do any readers have other suggestions for Laura?