How To Cover Up an Outdated Doorbell Chime – DIY

How To Cover Up an Outdated Doorbell Chime – DIY

Whether you call them doorbells or doorbell chimes, outdated is never a cute look on anything. I recently started working on a hallway photo wall which happens to have a big-o- yellow, straight-out-of-the-Brady-Bunch-house looking rectangle plastered right at the top. Eventually, we may add that to the to-do list, but for now it stays as it is in perfectly working condition.  I kept breaking my head on how to arrange pictures around it or possibly disguise it, somehow make it blend in. I was really tempted to rip it off the wall and loose my doorbell for a while, I could live with that…but then I thought of all those amazing Amazon packages I may have to sign for, what if I missed one due to the doorbell being out of order.

I was walking down every single isle at one of my favorite stores, Michael’s, when I came across these cute little wooden crates. My mind took off from there and this is the end result.

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Okay so I decided on this look for many reasons;

1. I knew I needed something similar in shape and hollowed out. I wanted this to be simple and quick so I didn’t want to get into too much detail DIYing this piece.

2. I needed said piece to be light in weight to avoid damaging the actual doorbell chime.

3. I needed said piece to be “open” as to allow the doorbell chime to be heard

4. I knew it would match the decor on this accent wall as I was going for a retro/vintage/farmhouse-y style of mismatched look. I had purchased a big haul of thrifted vintage frames a few days prior that I was also making over and this piece would fit right in after a few brush strokes.

When I saw this cute little crate I knew it was THE ONE.

My wall started out like this:

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This thing was full of spiderwebs and even had painters tape still surrounding it from the botched paint job the previous owners did

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Remember, I’m all about quick and inexpensive home updates. Last week I shared with you another quick and easy DIY Farmhouse-style chalkboard makeover. I will be using the same glaze on this project to give it the same weathered farmhouse effect.

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I used Krylon ColorMaster in Mambo Pink spray paint- I love Krylon brand because it’s fast drying and regardless of what I’m painting or what surface it is, I’ve yet needed to prime anything, saving me time and money.

I also used Valspar Limewash Glaze over the pink paint once it dried. I wanted it to look weathered and old so I didn’t concern myself too much with brush stroke patterns. I purchased mine at my local Lowe’s store.

The crate I purchased at Michael’s Craft Store, I couldn’t find a link with the measurements of my crate but if you do a quick search on craft crates many will pop up. Pay attention to measurements if they’re revelant to your DIY.

I sprayed on 2 coats of the spray paint waiting about 30 minutes in between coats.

I then brushed on some of the limewash glaze. I did 3 coats of this one because the pink is pretty deep so I wanted to tone it down and give it a more worn and weathered look, which required about 3 coats of limewash. I waited about 10 minutes in between the limewash coats. Then I let it dry for a couple hours outside and came back and hot glued left over flowers from a previous project.

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See how beautiful and DEEP that pink is? perfect for accent party decor but not so much for a farmhouse decor piece

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As you can see, I didn’t really care about the inside of the crate too much since that side would be resting on the outdated doorbell and wouldn’t be visible when displayed

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Hot glue is my best friend

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You can’t even tell a little bit that an ugly outdated doorbell is being hidden behind this cutie

 

 

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