Don’t try this at home
My neighbor was always complaining about how noticeable his white electric meter box looked against his brick house. So I made a cover. The box is made of 1-inch-thick wood with a hole in the middle for the meter. I set the box in place and marked where the bricks matched up on the box, then cut out brick-sized pieces of 1/8-inch-thick wood, that I painted and glued on to simulate bricks to make it more realistic. It took me quite a while to make it, but my neighbor loves it!
Weather stripping protects walls
When hanging a picture, mirror or other object on a wall, try placing 1-inch strips of foam weather stripping at the bottom corners. This will prevent marks on the wall as well as keep the object from moving.
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