Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How to hide your ugly home alarm

Hinged picture frame with hidden alarm system box

As shameless design snobs, we admit to being super picky about what hangs on our walls.

At our house, one eyesore that has been bothering us for a while was our alarm system. While I appreciate the false sense of security it offers us every day, I do not care for the way it looks.

Basically, its a clunky white plastic box with buttons.

Solution? Make a hinged box.

With some old stair tread material, I utilized my new table saw and wood clamps to build this trap door picture frame. This trick could work with many eyesores, such as thermostats, panels, alarms — anything that can be concealed and still function properly.

Photo documented process below.

Materials used:

2' red oak
8 nails
2 brass hinges
2 magnets
wood glue


  1. This is genius. You should sell these.

  2. yay for the new clamps! :) .. I helped pick those out I think. looks awesome as everything y'all do does.

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