Hello, fans of DTLB. I'm so excited to be here today, sharing a fabulous DIY electrical box cover tutorial with you! My name is Cindy and I blog at DIY beautify, where I love bringing beauty to the ordinary. My favorite projects to share on DIY beautify are easy ones that make a big impact in your home and add a custom touch, while costing very little.
Mr. DIY and I have been working hard to transform our boring, builder-grade laundry room into one full of farmhouse charm. I'm calling it ‘Farmhouse Modern'. I shared the reveal last week on DIY beautify. We pretty much redid everything in our ugly little laundry room. We replaced the floor with gorgeous, peel and stick tiles; we added a painted cabinet and shelves for tons of storage – farmhouse-style! I even managed to fit a small dresser in the space, to hold our winter and summer gear. Of course the dresser got a farmhouse upcycle as well! We even replaced the 6-panel door with an antique one that has windows!
The project I'm sharing today was a solution to an unsightly problem. For some reason, the builders chose to add the electrical box to one wall in our laundry room. Isn't that strange? Electrical boxes are usually installed in the garage..or the basement. Nope, ours took up a large part of one wall in our laundry room.
Talk about an eyesore, right? It's big..and ugly. I needed to come up with a way to disguise it so it blended in with the rest of the room. My first idea was to paint it the wall color. And that might have looked okay, but I knew I'd still see it and not be satisfied. There had to be a better way to not just disguise it, but cover it up. I decided to make a removable piece of artwork to completely cover up the electrical box. The box is metal, so I wanted to create something that would hang on it with magnets but easily be removed when the electrical box needed to be accessed.
I'm a big fan of drop cloth projects – not only because drop cloths are so inexpensive, but I love the look and feel of the canvas material. It really fits with the neutral decor in my home. So I decided to use that as the base for this project. This post contains some affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
Materials Needed for DIY Electrical Box Cover
- drop cloth to fit
- arrow stencils
- acrylic paints
- stencil brush
- sewing machine (optional)
- button magnets
- hot glue gun
- iron on fusible webbing (if not using sewing machine)
DIY Electrical Box Cover Tutorial
Step 1: After measuring the electrical box, I cut a piece of drop cloth to size, leaving enough to hem the sides (tip: always wash your drop cloth in hot water first and dry before crafting with it; it really softens up nicely).
Step 2: I created my arrow stencils in PicMonkey and then uploaded the designs to my Silhouette. You can see that I created two different pages of arrows. The sheet with the larger arrows went on the bottom, which I think looks better visually. After the Silhouette cut them out of card stock, I arranged them how I wanted them on my drop cloth and taped them in place with Frog Tape.
Step 3: Black acrylic paint and a stencil brush were all I needed to paint the design. Halfway through painting, I decided to bring some turquoise into the artwork. Shades of turquoise abound in my home; I find it both a restful and an energetic color. I opted to go with an energetic shade for this artwork that would hang in my laundry room…hoping it would be extra inspiration when faced with multiple piles of laundry (one can always hope)!
When you stencil, remember that a little paint goes a long way. Pour a small dab onto a paper plate, dip the tip of your brush into it and then dab some off before taking it to your project. I didn't want a real heavy look; I wanted some of the drop cloth peeking through, so I went lighter with the paint.
I always remove my stencil immediately after painting, while the paint is still wet; if you allow the paint to dry, you might find your stencil has stuck to your project!
Step 4: Once my project dried, I hemmed the raw edges with my sewing machine. If you don't have a sewing machine, you could easily use iron on fusible webbing tape…or even leave the edges raw with a ‘fringe' look. Finally, I hot glued button magnets to the back and it was ready to hang in place.
I love how the electrical box just disappears! The Arrow Art looks natural and you don't even realize it's covering anything up. Plus, it's just a fun piece! It's one of the first things you see when you walk into the room, and I'm so glad it's no longer an eyesore!
My Arrow Artwork needed to be a big piece to cover that big honking electrical box. The large size works great as it balances the artwork on the other side of the room.
The arrows add a more modern touch to this otherwise farmhouse-style space. I love mixing styles for an eclectic, collected look!
I hope you've enjoyed this project. If you're dealing with an eyesore in your space, try to think outside the box. Maybe what you need is an easy fix like this drop cloth Arrow Art!
Although this was my first contributor post for DTLB, it won't be my last! I'll be back again in July with another great project for you.
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