Is the ugly connection for your washing machine hose showing? Is that hole in the wall an eyesore that seems to just collect dust and lint? Here’s an easy solution for a simple way to hide it.
When we were remodeling our laundry room and trying our best to make it a pretty space, there was one glaring thing that literally drove me crazy – and that was the big ole hole in the wall where the washing machine hose connected. No matter how great the rest of the room looked – that hole is where my eye went every single time I stepped into the room.
This is my laundry room mid-renovation. Notice anything glaringly ugly? Well, aside from the fact that the whole space is looking pretty blah at this point. 😀
Let me give you a hint. The zoomed-in photo’s a little blurry, but 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:
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 act as the cover for 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)
Considering the measurements of your opening, make the following cuts:
Cut 2 – 1×4 boards that will be the finished height (sides) of the frame
Cut 1 – 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 plus the top edge of both of the side boards.
Cut 2 – Small square blocks of wood for stabilizing the corners.
Cut 1 – Board that will serve as the cover of the box so that it will completely cover the assembled frame.
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 stabilizer blocks of wood are a little difficult to see in this photo, but if you look closely, you can see them under the clamps. The board at the bottom of the frame (between the side pieces), farthest away from the clamps, isn’t attached – it’s just there to hold the legs apart until the glue dries.
Once all of the glue has dried, remove the clamps. Attach the board that is the cover to the top side of the frame using the hinges.
Spray paint the completed box and allow it to completely dry.
Once the paint is dry, it’s time to mount the box. I forgot to take a photo of this step, but you should be able to easily understand what to do. Attach the L brackets to the wall, above the faucet box. Sit the box on top of the brackets and lift the cover to be able to attach the box to the L brackets. You might need someone to help you hold the box in place while you attach the L brackets to it.
Voila! No more ugly washing machine hose connection hole in the wall, but the faucets are still easily accessible in case you ever need to access them.