Two very powerful words that make or break a home.
My DIY for painting exterior utility boxes to blend with your home will step up the curb appeal.
Did you know that ugly & unblended eye attractants run rampant on the exterior of your home?
At what point do you step up and DIY to make it stop?
A simple DIY for painting exterior utility boxes to blend with your home will show you how to stop the ugly!
When was the last time you walked the exterior of your home without bias?
Eyeball it from top to bottom.
Maybe what you don’t see is what you are really missing?
The raw look of purposeful exterior utility boxes can be that eyesore!
Are you ready for a simple DIY that takes only a few hours to complete yet leaves you with a more blended look?
I’ll walk you through my DIY for painting exterior utility boxes to blend with your home.
Step up your home’s curb appeal with a little bit of TLC and the results are mind-boggling!
Prepping: DIY for painting exterior utility boxes to blend with your home
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Does your utility box wall stand out and grab your attention?
My guess is that it has some green, black, orange, yellow and blue.
None of those colors come close to your home, so how could it not stand out as an eyesore?
Different colors don’t blend.
Anything that does not blend, creates a lack of appeal.
Blending the elements of the exterior of your home is so important.
You need an easy flow for the eyes to follow to move you through the exterior without focusing on any one thing.
Getting that look might take a little bit of work, but once you do, curb appeal abounds!
How To Get The Blended Look that Oozes Curb Appeal & Painting Exterior Utility Boxes
Walk to your favorite home and note what charm it envelopes and where you miss.
Is it a manicured front lawn?
Perhaps there are a few flowering trees or rose bushes?
Does that home have simple utility boxes disguised?
Maybe you never even noticed?
Is their brick painted?
Did they paint the utility boxes the same color?
Maybe their front stoop is painted?
What Sets Their Yard Apart?
Look at the yard, is there a front sitting bench?
Better yet, does that flower bed change blooms often?
What about the presentation of their house number?
Mailboxes (if not in an association) can also stand out, so what is theirs like?
Can You Do My DIY for Painting Exterior Utility Boxes To Blend With Your Home?
Consider if you can?
You will need to check with your utility company.
A community not far from me has actually gone as far as painting main street utility boxes with street art to make them aesthetically pleasing.
Do note, I am not going all ‘artsy’ I am more blending, but again check with your utility companies.
Does and Don’ts of DIY for Painting Exterior Utility Boxes
First and foremost, find out if you can paint your utility boxes and if there are any colors you CAN’T Paint them!
Simply put, you don’t need to make a big mess.
Make sure you have masking tape.
Always clean the exterior of anything you are going to paint.
Moreover, allow that exterior to dry before painting.
Also, find the right paint, I used a primer and paint.
Especially seek out the paint that is for metal, and plastic or whatever YOU are covering.
Try to find a paint that matches the exterior of your home.
Brick color, or vinyl or wood colors.
Don’t block access to the utility boxes, nor add any locks, etc.
Find a day to paint when there is no rain in the forecast even for fast-drying paint.
Further, when possible, use a primer and paint that dries quickly.
- 1-2 Cans of FUSION ALL-IN-ONE Satin Brick Spray Paint and Primer In One (Actual Net Contents: 12-oz)
- Masking Tape
- Plastic Bags (from shopping at retail stores)
- Scrap Paper (newspaper, old magazines or cardboard pieces at least 16X20"
- Soap and Water (bucket)
- Paper towels
- Ladder (optional)
- Using soap and water, clean utility boxes and allow them to dry.
- If you encounter rust areas, rough it up with 80 grit and then wash and allow to dry as well.
- Once dried, tape off all clear plastic read screens & serial numbers.
- Use a plastic bag and tape it off across the faces of the screens (this method is fast and easy.
- Make sure to cover ground and house siding/brick/wood, etc
- Paint all sides except the underneath of each utility.
- Note the cables and wires as well - you may want to paint those as well
- When finished, remove the masking tape and plastic bag covers.
Check with YOUR utility companies before painting YOUR boxes.
Check with your utility company. I am not a utility worker, and I don’t know if YOU are able to paint yours.
This DIY Is a suggestion and not an option for EVERYONE.
There are different rules in different states, suburbs, communities, associations, etc.
You must seek knowledge before implementing this DIY.