Monday, October 7, 2019

Our New-Old Outbuilding with a Hidden Secret

Our home has underground wiring and due to the length, it required an electrical panel to be placed along the way. This was a thorn in darling hubbies side and he knew he had to come up with something to hide the panel. His ideas came to fruition with this 'new - old' building.

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

His plan was to make a structure that looked as if it's been here for many years, and I think he nailed it!

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

Weathered barn boards, rusted corrugated roofing and old windows were his materials of choice.

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

He built it beside his shop and then moved the completed building into position.

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

Careful planning helped to make for a perfect fit.

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

Rusty hardware was used for the door handle.

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

The electric panel is hidden within the walls, just as he intended.

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

Window boxes were filled with foraged plants.

DIY Rustic Outbuilding showing How to Hide an Electric Panel at Pieced Pastimes

This little building serves as a reminder that most, if not all challenges can be overcome with careful thought and consideration. The original desire to camouflage the electric box was achieved and we gained a sense of history along the way.



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18 comments:

  1. A cute building. I love all the rustic details. Very well planned out.

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    1. Thanks Thelma! I love it too! Hubby did a great job. 😊

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  2. How clever, such a brilliant design to hide that panel away! Such a clever hubby, and the addition of the flower box makes it so pretty.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I turned out to be the perfect way to turn a negative into a positive. The flower boxes were a last minute addition and I will have fun keeping them filled. 😊

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  3. How clever! And it looks like it was there always!

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  4. I love underground wiring and that's a perfect solution! It fits in so well with your surroundings.

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    1. Thanks Rita! The building worked out to be the magic formula for us! 😊

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  5. Wow, it really does look like it's been there for decades! Very clever solution and so well executed with attention to detail.

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    1. Thanks Marie! One of my favorite things about this new-old building is that it looks like it's been here for many years. 😊

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  6. Suzanne, what a genius idea! Your hubby definitely nailed it for sure and it looks as if it has been there forever. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Pam! Darling hubby has an eye for things and an imagination to go with it! 😊

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  7. What the whaaaat?! What a gorgeous hiding place! This is seriously the most adorable shed I've ever laid eyes on. I want one... but I'll take mine empty! haha

    This beauty will be featured in this upcoming weekend's DIY Salvaged Junk party. Thanks for bringing it over! :)

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    1. Thanks Donna! Hubby has a love for all things old and rusty, so this was right in his wheelhouse. It's always fun to see his new projects.

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  8. This fix is fantastic! I have a well cap that sticks out of my front yard that for 20+ years I have been wishing I could hide. (At the moment I place a bench and a sculpture clustered around it) Your husband solved your problem with great style and talent!

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    1. Thanks Jeanne! I agree! He did a really nice job and its so much nicer seeing this cute building than the panel!

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