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Summertime is such a dead zone for me. Not too many holidays to decorate for, and the majority of my days are spent working on house projects for later posts, but something I recently completed while organizing our garage was color coding our circuit breaker box!
This has been on my “to-do” list ever since we moved in. Sure, it’s not something anyone other than our electrician and us will see, but it definitely does make me happy knowing which switch goes to what. You know what I mean? How many of you stare blankly for 15 minutes and then do the switch and yell when you need to flip the breaker?
“Honey, is it off?!”
“How about that one?”
Yeah, I see you over there laughing…You totally have done it…We did too, once too many times, and that’s why it feels so good to have it finally color coded. Here’s how…
Before, whenever we had to switch the breaker off we wasted at least 10 minutes fidgeting with different switches. The previous owners did write it down, but the sticker was peeling away, it was faded, and super hard to read.
I knew I wanted to somehow color code the box…At first I thought about using nail polish. But didn’t want to go out and buy 20+ different colors.
So I did what any DIYer does. Improvise, and use whatcha got.
The first thing I did to figure out which switch went to what room was turn on EVERY LIGHT, ELECTRONIC, AND APPLIANCE IN THE HOUSE AT NIGHT. Then while I stood in the garage with a pen and paper flipping switches, I had my husband telling me what went off inside the house so I could write it down. Then I typed my notes up in a way it would fit onto the door of the breaker box. (You could totally use a label maker too for this, but I wanted to cover up the stickers that were on the door, and thought this would be a neater approach.)
Next up was figuring out how to color code it, and excuse me for tooting my own horn, but I thought it was pretty genius… 😉
Every time I go to the home improvement store I pick up a few multi colored swatches. You never know when you might need then, and this is a perfect example!
The only other thing you’re going to need is a circle hole punch. I picked mine up at Michaels for less than three dollars, but I found a similar one on Amazon for you here.
Then punch out your circles (enough for each switch and one to put by your list).
I say that because some of my switches we double, and others were single. Your box might look completely different so do what works for you in a way your comfortable with.
I used good old fashioned Scotch tape to stick the punches out to the door and switches. It’s been over a week now and everything is holding up fine.
When I got to the last 5 or 6 switches I realized I was going to have to duplicate colors because I ran out of paint swatches. So I thought adding a painted dot on those last few would make them separate enough where it wasn’t confusing.
Step back and admire your handy work….
It’s almost like a functional piece of art isn’t it? I feel like I want to hang it on my fridge for everyone to see!
And now if you’re like me, you can rest assure that when it comes to switch out the light fixture…the correct switch will be turned off.
Oh and if you happen to know me outside of this little ol’ blog, than don’t be surprised if the next time you come over I’m escorting you to the garage to admire my shockingly beautiful rainbow box. (See what I did there?) 😉
Talk to you soon everyone. Take care!