One of the things on my 2017 Projects list is to build boxes to enclose & cover our in-wall AC units. I am basing them off this awesome design from Vintage Meets Glam:
She got her door panels at Michaels & I was lucky enough to find the same ones. I bought 8 even though I only need 6 – it can’t hurt to have a couple of extras. I have no idea if Michaels always carries them or not. I felt very lucky to find them at my local store! During our warm spell in February I got 4 painted on one side, with off-white spray paint:
However, since then I’ve decided the boxes will look much better painted to match the walls, which means I’ll need to paint the door panels green [living room], violet [girl cave], and white [bedroom]. I can’t do much until it warms up again [I need to spraypaint outside], so for now the doors are on the back burner. But I did finish the 3 boxes this weekend. As you may know from reading my last post I forgot to take the width of the wood into account when measuring for the boxes, so I had to add 1½” extensions to each side panel. I had pre-painted the wood for each box, but didn’t bother with the extensions pieces – I just wanted the boxes built! So after putting them together I brought them down to the basement cage and used my orbital sander to blend the edges of each extension panel, then primed & painted the extensions. Thankfully you can’t really notice the extensions now that the boxes are uniformly painted. Here are some progress pics:
I let all 3 air dry for 2 days resting up on painters triangles [#affiliate]. Today after work I decided to hang them on the wall, mostly to make sure they fit [!!!] but also to see how they look. I love them! They look so good and the doors aren’t even on yet. They easily slide onto the metal support box surrounding each AC, so I didn’t have to bolt them to the wall. I will once the doors are on.
Once the doors are on they’re going to look soooooooooo much better than the ugly ACs! If I can’t find spray paint that’s a close match to our living room & girl cave wall colors I might need to buy a cheap paint sprayer.
I’m so happy you you were able to find the frames! Looks great 🙂
OMG! Jolie, I feel so honored that you commented on my post! I have been so excited to make progress on the awesome AC covers you inspired! I actually made one set of doors today. I look fwd to stapling on the laser-cut wood panels & attaching them to the first AC box frame! *star struck*
haha thanks! You’re going to love them, I get sooo many questions about them but this is the first time I’ve seen someone else actually make them! So happy I could inspire someone 🙂
Next I’m going to steal your pompom wreath design – LOVE IT! 🙂
A beautilul view eye -catcher.
Ein schöner Blickfang.
They are going to look sooooooo good. The boxes will also help insulate in winter.
I agree – I’m going to put a liner on the inside of the doors just to make sure no drafts can come through. Just haven’t decided on what to use as a liner yet.
Your energy level never ceases to amaze me – and your finished work always looks like it was done by a pro!
Thanks! I don’t know where my energy comes from. I just have a hard time sitting still. Always need a project to do, like Dad. But it takes a toll. At this point – after fixing the mold problem in the kitchen, painting the tall bookcase, building the AC boxes, making a cat bed for Bonkers, & fixing the bathroom ceiling fan, I’m physically & mentally exhausted. So I will be taking a short break from projects.