Creative Ideas for Covering Breaker Boxes & Other Unsightly Electrical Panels

published Jul 29, 2017
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Breaker boxes and electrical panels are necessary items and it’s a bummer when they stick out like a sore thumb in a space you’ve worked hard on to look nice. Creativity and, in some cases, your toolbox can make those unsightly necessities “disappear”.

Strategically placed artwork, framed message boards, or a weaving or tapestry are all viable options for covering up obtrusive electrical eyesores. HGTV suggests inserting child proof safety plugs into unused outlets before covering with artwork. Balance with an eye-catching entryway table as seen above, and your guests will never think twice about it.

(Image credit: Natalie Wright)

Natalie Wright’s concept of using an antique hinged window is not only easy, but accommodating of more rustic decors as seen in her mudroom. Give the window a few quick sprays of mirror-like glass spray paint, hang, and hide that hideous electrical panel.

(Image credit: No Kitchen Sink)

Sara at No Kitchen Sink is equally frustrated by pesky breaker boxes. Her step-by-step tutorial details how to make a hinged frame from scratch, complete with a glass surface that doubles as a dry-erase message board.

For the IKEA-hack fans, Deirdre Sullivan has got you – and your panels – covered. Customizing a BRIMNES glass door cabinet, she created an entryway piece that felt more functional, and less blatantly breaker box.

(Image credit: Paper & Stitch )

If building hinged canvases and chalkboards aren’t your style, tapestries and weavings are perhaps the simplest way to hide freestanding electrical sources. Make your own removable cover using a rug sample, like this one from Paper & Stitch, or simply hang a favorite textile family heirloom with a dowel rod, string and a nail.

Now, I challenge you to go tackle your breaker boxes, bulky wall blemishes and beyond, with your very own DIY ideas!

Pro Tip: Remember that breaker box panels, air conditioners, and outlets are necessary and should be easily accessible. Not to mention, they can be dangerous to work with. Use safety precautions while working around these helpful home essentials. And think twice before you cover your breaker box with a complicated frame, enclosed cabinet, or heavy piece of art – when the power goes out, the last thing you want to worry about is an overly complicated situation keeping you from your very own Clark Griswold moment.