Updated to add: I'm linking this post to kimba's DIY day at A Soft Place to Land and The Shabby Chic Cottage Transformation Thurdays
When I asked what to do about the alarm box most if not all of you suggested working around it. Latasha suggested using Mod Podge and scrapbook paper so I gave it a try.
Here is the beast before I covered it up
And here it is after I mod podged the scrapbook paper over it
These are the materials I used (and scissors not shown)
This project is so easy that I didn't even think to take pictures as I did it. It took about 5 minutes to do (if you are familiar with using mod podge) and 7 minutes if you're not! I basically dipped my brush into the bottle and brushed the mod podge on the box. Make sure you move quickly with applying the paper because this stuff dries fast! I used about two sheets of the paper and I let it dry. I didn't feel the need to go over the top of the paper with the mod podge because the surface will not be heavily used. If you were lining the inside of a drawer then you would most likely do so.
Now I'm wondering if its okay for me to use magnets on the box???
Oh can you tell that I've installed the other shelves? By working around the box, I was only able to install two more shelves (not my plan). And the paint that I chose is not working for the space. I wanted to do a nice blue, but I chickened out. Now I have to repaint because this subtle taupe is not doing anything for the space.
Here is quick peek at the unfinished space:
Next I would like to talk about storage containers. As you can see I've used these glass containers that are nice, but they are not air tight. In order to store sugar, cereals, and other foods that could clump or become stale(?) I need good containers with air tight seals. I'll show you what I've been looking at tomorrow. What do you think so far?