Circuit breakers are an essential part of the electrical wiring of your house. But that ugly metal box can do a lot to ruin the aesthetic of a room. Hiding it well takes a little bit of creative thinking. You can't move it and any attempt to camouflage it has to leave it accessible. Some design options allow accessibility while keeping the breaker box out of sight or at least less noticeable.
Things You'll Need
- Shadow box
- Medicine cabinet
- Button magnets
Paint the outside of the circuit breaker box. Choose the same color as the surrounding wall and the box will be much less noticeable. To ensure that the paint sticks, you must sand the surface of the metal first just enough to roughen the exterior. Then apply one coat of paint designed for use on metal, followed by a second once the first dries. Before you paint, tape a sheet of paper over the circuits inside the box (to be safe) and make sure not to paint the key hole.
Hang a picture (or bulletin board) over the breaker box. To keep the door accessible, simply mount the picture onto the box with button magnets. These magnets can be found at most craft stores (look for the ones with peel-and-stick adhesive backing). Look for a small picture, just slightly larger than the box. Then adhere magnets to the back of the picture and stick it on. When you need to access the box, simply pull the picture off.
Install a shallow cabinet with a hinged door over it. Medicine cabinets and shadowboxes are designed to be only a few inches deep. Remove the screws affixing the back panel of the cabinet (if present) then center and mount it over the shadow box according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Hang a Picture
When it comes to hanging pictures, getting it right the first time is worthy of a sigh of relief – the pictures...
How to Hide a Circuit Breaker Box
With all the care you take to create an attractive atmosphere in your home, there is one feature sticking out and marring...
How to Hide a Neighbor's Ugly House
The problem so many face head on each day as they look out their windows or step into their yards is an...
How to Hide the Power Transformer Box on a Lawn
A power transformer box is a necessary, though unsightly, part of any lawn. Fortunately, hiding it with a few garden plants can...
How to Hide a Protruding Breaker Box
An unsightly breaker box protruding from a wall in your home can be hard to disguise. Many homes will have a breaker...
How to Hide a Medicine Cabinet
There are a number of reasons why someone may want to hide a medicine cabinet. These storage spaces often contain private items...
How to Replace the Fuse Holder in a Fuse Box
Modern electrical systems have replaced fuse boxes with circuit breaker panels, which serve the same essential purpose. However, older homes and buildings...
How to Hide Outdoor Electrical Breaker Boxes
An outdoor electrical breaker box that is on the ground is an unsightly, if necessary, addition to any backyard. There are a...
Ideas on Hiding a Breaker Box
A home's circuit breaker panel, while essential for electrical purposes, is usually unattractive. Some circuit panels are found in the closet or...