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DIY Electrical Panel Pegboard Cover

by - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I've been hiding something in the basement.


Hidden Electrical Panel

Do you ever have unfinished projects you just don't want to deal with? I'm not sure why, but for months we've been avoiding finding a solution to cover up this eyesore. You need an electrical panel but no one wants to look at an electrical panel, so how can you cover it up? Since most everything else in the basement is finished, it was time we finally put this task to rest. Now it looks like this:



The solution actually turned out pretty simple. Even better, it looks good and still keeps the electrical panel accessible.

In my original plans, I had wanted to cover this entire desk wall in either slatboard or pegboard. Then we decided to put plywood planks on the walls instead so I thought we could make just a slatboard or pegboard cover for the electrical panel.

HandyMan used some leftover wood to construct a frame. Using his table saw, he notched out part of the back of the frame pieces so that the pegboard sits flush. He added some trim to the interior, applied Dap to all the gaps, and painted it white.

If you'd like to construct one of your own, follow these simple steps.

How to make a framed pegboard electrical panel cover

Materials

Instructions

  1. Measure the dimensions (LxW) of your electrical panel opening
  2. Use the lumber to construct a frame (L + 6") x (W + 6").
  3. Cut a piece of pegboard (L + 2") x (W + 2")
  4. Use a table saw or router to notch 1/4" deep x 1" out the back of the lumber to allow for the pegboard to sit flush. Paint the frame.
  5. Use construction adhesive to apply the pegboard to the back of the frame
  6. Apply cove moulding to the interior of the frame
  7. Use two utility hinges to attach the frame to the wall



Its mounted to the wall with simple hinges. The frame is really lightweight and can be easily lifted if we need to access the panel. I could have left the pegboard bare... but its much more fun to decorate it and add some of my pretty craft accessories!



We had some old pegboard hooks which I spraypainted in Rustoleum Pure Gold. Then I piled on all the cute things... ribbons, baker's twine, colourful scissors. Chloe's cubist sketch, wooden thumbtacks, washi tape, all things I love to look at.


This pegboard is in a really awkward corner so I'll be the first to admit this project is more beautiful than it is functional. I don't use these objects every day so its not too much of a bother to hop up on the counter and grab something if I need it. I really like the colour and texture it adds to this area. It's like 3D art.



I usually like things nice and neat, tucked away and out of sight. But this satisfies my OCD tendencies - its visual clutter but organized ;)


What do you think? Would you have known the electrical panel was there if I hadn't told you?

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