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Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box
Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box
Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box
Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box
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  • Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box
  • Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box
  • Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box

Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box

Hide ugly thermostats, security systems, weather stations, and other controllers with a simple to build hidden storage box. This box can be mounted to your wall and covered with a framed photo or wall art of your choice. This project can be completed in 1-2 hours for under $25.


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Rip the width of the board down in size on a table saw so they are wider then the depth of the items you are wanting to cover up. My thermostats were 2 inches thick and so I cut the width to 2 1/4 inches. You can buy a standard board that is 2 1/2 inches if you don't have a table saw or would like to make the project easier. The boards are 3/4 inch stock.


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Measure the width of your art and frame. The outside of the frame was 18 inches wide x 15 inches tall. I chose to leave a 3/4 inch gap around the perimeter of the storage box and the outside of the photo frame. Therefore, I cut the vertical boards to 13 1/2 inches and the horizontal boards to 15 inches. The 15 inch board ends are covered by the vertical boards. So the total width of my storage frame is 16 1/2 inches.


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Cut the boards to form your storage box on a miter saw.


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Glue the ends of the two horizontal boards.


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Clamp the box and then insert 18 gauge 1 1/4 inch long brad nails.


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Use a counter sink bit to create a dimple in each corner so screws will sit flush in the frame.


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Insert a drill bit at each corner and go all the way through the board. This will be for the screws to go through to attach the storage box to the wall.


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Determine placement for each hinge.


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Use a palm sander to route an area so the hinge sits flush with the front of the box. The depth should be the thickness of the entire hinge.


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Sand the storage box with 220 grit sandpaper. Apply a finish of your choice after sanding. I chose to leave the wood for my project natural.


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Attach each hinge with short 3/4 inch wood screws.


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Center the storage box on the backside of the artwork.


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Determine hinge placement and attach the hinges to the backside of the artwork frame.


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Attach a magnetic cabinet clasp to the inside of the storage frame.


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Attach the metal portion of the magnetic clasp to the backside of the wall art.


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Check to make sure the box is lined up square to the frame and that the hinge system functions properly.


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Take a look at the items that will soon be covered. Your new hidden storage is going to look great!


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Use a stud finder to try and find a stud in the wall for the screws to connect to. If you won't hit any studs I'd recommend using drywall anchors.


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Level and then secure the hidden storage box in place with long screws. I used 3 1/2 inch long wood screws and countersunk them.


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Clean up the frame.


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Enjoy!


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Project Information

Difficulty: Easy
Category: Other

Materials Used:

  • magnetic cabinet clasp

  • 3 1/2 inch long screws or the best sized screws to mount your custom storage box to the wall

  • 3/4 inch screws

  • cabinet magnet

  • 1 1/2" hinges

  • 1x3 board

  • wood glue


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