An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Cover up an Electrical Panel

When we built the guest house in our backyard, we also had to update our small electrical panel to accommodate the extra breakers. Actually, I think it was the addition of the hot tub that pushed us over the limit of our old panel, but hot tub or no hot tub—it was a good idea to upgrade it as we had added so much square footage to the house. Of course, the new panel was a lot larger than the old one, and so I wanted to find something that would cover up the utalitarian (read: ugly) panel.

If you've been reading this blog from the start, you may remember we used to have our girls' artwork displayed to cover up the old panel. I liked that solution for a time, but the pegboard wasn't large enough to fit over the new panel. Plus—I wanted something simpler, as the room was feeling a little busy and chaotic. (Isn't it funny how our tastes and needs can change in such a short time?!)

Old Pegboard Display Board for Kids Artwork - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

The roadblock I was facing was that I couldn't find anything that would be removable so that we could access the panel, and something narrow enough not to cover up the light switches.

before pic - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

Thankfully, due to a stroke of luck and good fortune, I came across a hanging note roll) on Amazon. When I saw the measurements, I couldn't believe how perfect it would be for this spot!

I had also been planning on painting the back of our side door for a while, and used some leftover paint from the girls' closet doors.

Painting the back of the door in Sherwin Williams Repose Gray - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

To finish the project, I got rid of the busy yellow doormat that I'd bought in a hurry when we moved in, and replaced it with a simple seagrass mat.

The finished project - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

New seagrass doormat - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

The finished project - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

The hanging note rolls come in a few different sizes and you can also purchase replacement paper rolls! Now we have a spot as a family to write little notes to each other, and I love that we can just roll it up when we need access to the panel! With it being Thanksgiving, we've been using it as a way to practice daily gratitude, but I'm thinking we could switch up the theme depending on the season.

Kids using hanging note roll - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

Hanging note roll - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

Kids using hanging note roll - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog

All in all, this was a fun, quick pre-Thanksgiving project to freshen up a spot in my home that has been bugging me for ages! A lot of projects take me a long time to plan and implement, but sometimes I can update a space in an afternoon. I'd encourage you to look around your own home and see if there is a spot you could improve without too much graft or budget—it's an uplifting thing to do and you may find a creative solution to a problem in your home that surpises you!

Before and after shots - Covering up an electrical panel - That Homebird Life Blog