Fuse Box Takes Cover

17 Nov

Fuse Box Takes Cover

The fuse box is located near the top of the listing of awkward but essential home features. It’s ugly, it’s bulky, and it seems impossible to conceal. And it ought to be readily accessible, of course. It can be tough to think of a solution that keeps it tucked away but still handy.

Cathy Zaeske found herself confronting this dilemma when renovating her cellar. Instead of just leaving it in the open or awkwardly concealing it behind a piece of furniture, Zaeske camouflaged the unattractive piece with a tiny home improvement magical.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

With the support of a professional carpenter, Zaeske covered the box with a faux window. She framed a space that cleared the fuse box area but was roughly the exact same size as the window on the other side of the room (including a curtain rod and drapes). The curtain cloth had been Zaeske’s color inspiration for the room, so that she wanted to showcase it on the faux window also.

The carpenter installed doors that swing open and are trimmed with shingles, wainscoting and moldings to match the walls on each side. Zaeske also had a mirror quantified to match the window frame, using a cut down the middle for the door opening.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

BEFORE: The window on one side of this room inspired her to keep things symmetrical.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

AFTER: Aside from designing an adorable basement hangout space, Zaeske made the fuse box area resemble a natural part of the room.

Your Favorite Room From Cathy Zaeske

Zaeske hung the blind on three hooks. Two are about the ideal door, so if she wants to access the fuse box, then she only takes the blind off the far left hook; the blind remains supported by the other two.

The seam between the mirror and the molding is coated, and drapes on each side maintain the outer borders of the mirror out of sight. The door opens with a slight tug on the molding beneath the window.

Your Room From Cathy Zaeske

“The best part is the manifestation of the lights onto the mirror,” states Zaeske. “The blind hides 95 percent of this mirror, which allows only enough observable reflection and glow to mimic a window.”

Extra DIY: The light onto the blue wall has been another clever DIY from Zaeske. She purchased an economical round mirror by a hardware store and had a mirror expert drill a hole through the center. A electrician attached the light into the wall throughout the pit to get an elegant sconce that reflects light around the room.

Inform us Perhaps you have hidden your fuse box in a clever way? Share your resourcefulness in the Comments section.

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