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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Camouflaging the ugly

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. 

If I was going to have any luck hiding the box, I would need paint to match the siding exactly.  I ended up taking a piece of siding to Sherwin Williams to have paint color matched.  I went with their resilience exterior paint in a satin finish since it was a similar sheen to the siding.  I have to say, I not only buy Sherwin Williams paint because I get a nice discount, but because their paint is awesome and totally worth the extra couple bucks.
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.
It's like a bright red pimple that just needs a little cover up.

Apparently, next on the list is power washing the brick!

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 :) ***


  1. What an improvement, Katie! It is virtually invisible now. I'm loving all of these updates!

    1. Aww, thank Sarah! I'm glad you're enjoying the updates!

  2. Great idea, Katie! I love your home!! Love the exterior!
    Kendra @