This picture was taken before I completed my laundry room makeover. See that ugly box in the wall? If you have a washing machine in your home, you probably have one of these too.
There was no way I was going to go to all the trouble of prettying-up my laundry room without figuring out a way to hide that ugly hole in the wall. Here’s what it looks like today.
This project isn’t rocket science. It’s just an easy solution to solve an very ugly eyesore. Let me tell you what I did.
1. First of all, measure the size of your opening – height and width. Then gather these supplies:
1 – 1″ x 4″ Board – The board should be at least as long as the total of the height of both sides of the box plus the width of the box.
1 – Single board that is wide enough and tall enough to entirely cover the front of the box.
2 – Small blocks of wood to brace the corners
2 – L brackets and screws
2 – Hinges with screws
Spray paint color of your choice (not shown)
2. Considering the measurements of your box, cut two 1×4 boards that will be the finished height (sides) of the frame. Cut one 1×4 board that will be the width of the frame plus the thickness of the two sideboards. This board will be the top of the frame and needs to be long enough to go all the way across the opening and both of the side boards. Cut the board that will serve as the cover of the box so that it will completely cover the assembled frame.
3. Assemble the frame. If you examine the picture below, you can see how all of the parts of the frame are put together. I glued all of the places where the wood is joined and then added some wood screws for reinforcement. The two small blocks of wood are located up under the clamps. The board at the bottom of the frame, farthest away from the clamps, isn’t attached – it’s just there to hold the legs apart until the glue dries.
4. Once all of the glue has dried, removed the clamps. Attach the board that is the cover to one side of the frame using the hinges.
5. Spray paint the completed box and allow it to completely dry.
6. I forgot to take a photo of this step, but you should be able to easily understand it. Attach the L brackets to the wall above the faucet box. Place the box on top of the brackets and lift the cover to be able to attach the box to the L brackets.
Voila! No more ugly box in the wall, but the faucets are still easily accessible in case you need to get to them.
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