Thursday, March 5, 2015

~thrifty thursday~{disguising a meter box}

This project has two purposes for me.
One, it disguises our power meter, and two, it has a place for mail.
Sometimes the mailman leaves it on our porch, and when I come home from being gone, I find the puppy has ripped everything to shreds.

So if you have something unsightly you'd like to disguise, this project is for you.

Here is our little front porch:
{yes, I need a new boxwood, but look, my lilac tree is starting to bloom!}


This was our front porch yesterday.
Now can you see why I wanted to disguise it?


I measured my space and cut a piece of sanded plywood.
Then I cut 1x4 pieces of pine to frame that out. The power box sticks out from the wall, and after measuring, the 1x4 turned out to be the perfect size, for the depth.


I sanded all the rough edges and then using a air nailer, nailed all the pieces together.


I then measured an appropriate size hole for the meter box and cut out using a combination of a chop saw and jigsaw. Then I sanded down those rough edges.


Next I cut another piece of plywood slightly larger than my opening. I put hinges on the top and painted the whole thing with leftover paint from my dining/living room.
To identify that it's where the power meter is, I painted the "General Electric" logo on.
Then I sanded down the whole thing and used a combination clear and dark wax over the top.
I also painted the front of the box with the same method.
I stained the edges {1x4's} grey to match the other signs already hanging on the porch wall.


I found a little metal bin at a local craft store and added that to the bottom for mail.
With the hinges, the little "GE" door lifts up to reveal the meter.






I can't decide if I love it yet, but it's definitely better than it was before.
Now, lets see if the meter reader yells at me :)

xoxo

23 comments:

Mel said...

A great idea to disguise/hide those hideous eyesores. Beautifully done and looks great with your other artwork. Artwork on the house as well as in the house? Brilliant!

Hannah said...

love this! and i love the other art also!!!

Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life said...

Well this is seriously the prettiest looking meter box I have ever seen! Makes me wish I had a meter box so I could do this to it! Love the artwork next to it also!

Sharon said...

We have some sort of "smart" meters that can't be blocked from the road...but that is a great idea to cover something ugly like that! Our utility companies are very particular on rules...I'm curious to see if you'll be able to keep yours covered. It's a fantastic idea!

Melaine Thompson said...

Time will tell! Haha

Kathleen Leonard said...

You are a very clever girl with this one! Love it.
I also wanted to find out what you use for your recipe cards when you post a great recipe? Thanks for the info, have a great day!!

Melaine Thompson said...

Thank you! I use the catalog card generator on blyberg.net :)

DEANNE MORSE said...

I absolutely love the idea, but here in New York, they scan the meters from the comfort of their trucks. I hope you get to keep your little disguise because it is so nice.

Prince Snow Farm said...

I LOVE it! Yes, beware of the meter reader!

Shabby Sheshe said...

LOVE it Melaine!!!
~Michelle~

cynthia at herlovelynest said...

Melaine, I love it! I think it was a wonderful idea and looks great. Hopefully GE won't freak out and let you keep it. Either way you should for sure keep the mail bin!

Mindy Whipple said...

Great disguise!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

What a great idea!!! It looks awesome.

Anonymous said...

I love it, no question!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Love it!

Sharon Bahr said...

Its growing on me! Agree way better then having a meter on front of house. Very unusual placement of that meter to begin with.

Tracy@bluridgevintage.com said...

I believe you have found the most cleaver way in the world to hide a meter box. Let's hope it isn't a new person reading the meter and is unable to discover it behind the GE symbol.

Kathleen Leonard said...

Thank you for sharing about your recipe cards!!

Little Farmstead said...

You are crazy creative! I wish you could have a hidden camera capture the meter reader's expression when they see it! Hopefully, it will be an inspiration to them too - ha! Like unwrapping a gift. ;) Maybe tape a piece of candy in there, just in case it's against code. It's really cute - I love how you painted the logo and how you balance it with the other two signs. ~julie

Lori Terceira said...

This is one of the most creative things I have ever seen. I hope it grows on you because it's perfect.

Pineapples and Polka Dots said...

Wow, that's really adorable! Great idea!

Debbie said...

I love it. Great job.

Carla said...

Why would they put that on a front porch. You did a great job of making it pretty.
I'm curious too to see if you utility guy/gal says anything.

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