One of the main reasons, okay the only reason we added a separate mudroom door was because of the existing electrical box. We never got a price to move the electric, but I'm thinking it would have been pretty darn expensive. In our eyes, it was much easier and cost effective to work around the box and have a mudroom door set back a few feet. In the end, it worked out fine and I actually love having a separate entrance leading into the mudroom and kitchen.
Although, working out and being an eye sore are two totally different things. I love having a separate door to enter the house, but the electrical box stuck out like sore thumb. Even with adding the columns to help hide the box from the front, it still needed to be updated.
I started by using a steel scrubber to clean the box really good and smooth out and chips in the metal. We were lucky that our box was always covered and barely exposed to the outside elements, but it still needed a good cleaning. I then painted two coats of Sherwin Williams resilience and instantly it looked 100 times better.
(we still need to finish off of the front step)
I was told that you aren't supposed to paint electrical boxes, but since I'm currently irritated with our electric company I really didn't care what I did with the box :)
While I had the paint out I decided to also FINALLY paint the white piece of wood that was supposed to be painted when we replaced our siding 5 years ago.
I'm kicking myself for not doing this sooner. Both projects took me no more than 20 minutes (the paint dries quick so I alternated between the electric box and wood). Why is it that the quick and simple projects always get overlooked? I hope I'm not the only one that does this!
***I was in no way compensated for using Sherwin Williams paint. I just think their paint is awesome and all favorable opinions are my own :) ***