The fuse box in the laundry is a bit of an eyesore, as well as wasted wall real estate. So we made this:
It camoflauges the fuse box while giving us a great space for notes, both of the love and grocery variety... here's how we did it:
- Paint greenboard with chalkboard paint:
I used greenboard because that's what I had lying around. Plain drywall would have worked, or any paint grade wood, but the greenboard was a leftover scrap and was therefore free-ninety-free.
First I rolled the paint on with a roller, but I didn't like the texture, so I then used a brush. I alternated horizontal and vertical strokes with each coat of paint to give it a linen look. I probably did 6 coats or so; they dried quickly so it didn't take long.
2. Build and paint the frame:
HoneyDo built the frame out of pieces of 1x2 and trim moulding we also had lying around. I painted it Olympic One Spice Delight, which matches the rest of the trim and cabinets in the laundry.
3. Hang the frame:
We used a piano hinge for this- you can get them in various sizes in the hardware section of Lowe's.
HoneyDo also installed a magnet in the edge of the frame and then simply added a screw at the right point in the wall just to make sure it would stay shut.
4. Mount the chalkboard:
The board fit very snugly in the frame, so we just used a couple of finish nails to toenail it in place.
That's it! I use the board mostly as a grocery list- I just snap a photo with my phone on my way out the door to the store!
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