I am convinced there is some unwritten rule that all fuse boxes (electrical panels) must and I repeat must be placed in the most inconvenient spot in your home. That is when it comes to decorating.
You can be assured that it will be somewhere on a main wall staring at you, mocking you with it all the fuses and wires and sexy metal panel cover. I understand why they’re put there because of various electrical codes which I completely respect because safety is very important. So is easy access to your fuse box when you’re freaking out after the lights go out in your home and you wander down into the darkness of your basement with a flashlight with the thunderstorm outside like a terrified horror movie victim.
You know exactly what I’m talking about. But they’re still an eyesore.
At first I was all “I am going to make a giant Instagram montage and frame it and Pinterest will love me forever and ever!!!”. Then I started looking at the cost of 34″ x 36″ picture frames and there went that idea. While I was still thinking about what to do, James got up one morning fed up with staring at the gaping hole and went to go play in the garage with his new best friend, the DeWalt Mitre saw that he picked up at his other new best friends house – a.k.a. Lowes. I mean seriously go read their conversations on Twitter. It’s like should I just get a job there so he can get new tools? I’m kidding I love you too Lowe’s.
On the bright side of that, the mitre saw basically allows me to go “Hey honey we need…” and then somehow it appears in our home. “Magic”.
So he made our frame and electrical panel cover out of our leftover floorboard trim. That’s it, nothing fancy. No bead board or new wood to pick up. Just plain old MDF floor board that he painted after he put it together.
This was the before to give an idea, in case you missed the essay of a photo post about our basement reno.
Just attached it with a long hinge and a small spring roller catch on the other end to secure it to the wall to easily open and close.
And after that was done we started adding other things.
Like faux wood blinds. Nautical burlap pillows.
And this awesome white floor lamp that we picked up at HomeSense.
It’s from a company called Grandview Gallery but they absolutely no product photos on their website. You can contact them though.
I also hemmed IKEA LENDA curtains.
By hemmed I mean I got hemming tape, an iron and my scissors and held my breath to make sure I measured correctly. I have a sewing machine somewhere…la la la….
Just in case anyone’s looking for the LENDA curtains, they have a slight darker line stitching vertically that these photos do absolutely no justice. Our basement is proving to be a nightmare to photograph without a proper lighting studio. Or my old beloved Nikon D80 that needs to be repaired.
Anyone want to send me a spare Nikon? No? Damnit.
And because we do have a whole other untouched section of the basement that is the home of our future wet bar, I just want to say Thank You Dear People of Kijiji. You always seem to have every damn discontinued IKEA piece of furniture that we need.
After spending a grueling Saturday at IKEA (I mean have you tried shopping at an IKEA on a Saturday? Makes me want to go hide in the ball pit.) and spending an hour on their kitchen planner computers, we realized we’d be way better off with a portable island type of unit. Also because the dollar signs started adding up real fast and we haven’t even bought the faucet, the sink and mini bar fridge.
And hello? Liquor and beer.
So we found this discontinued IKEA VARDE cabinet for a great deal on Kijiji in mint condition considering its age. We’re going to put a FYNDIG sink in that.
So that’s where we’re at. I need to find a rug and accent colours to prevent this from remaining a giant explosion of neutral shades.
Oh, if I write a post next about why I should never be allowed to paint a laundry room door and floorboard trim again and you’re like “What’s so hard about painting a door?”, you must not be a Type A personality.
I still see paint lines in my head. I mean how many coats of paint does a door need?!