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Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box

  • September 27, 2017

DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE
DIY PETE

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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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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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.

    2. Step: 2

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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.

    3. Step: 3

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

    4. Step: 4

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      Glue the ends of the two horizontal boards.

    5. Step: 5

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

    6. Step: 6

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

    7. Step: 7

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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.

    8. Step: 8

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      Determine placement for each hinge.

    9. Step: 9

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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.

    10. Step: 10

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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.

    11. Step: 11

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

    12. Step: 12

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      Center the storage box on the backside of the artwork.

    13. Step: 13

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

    14. Step: 14

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

    15. Step: 15

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

    16. Step: 16

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

    17. Step: 17

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

    18. Step: 18

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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.

    19. Step: 19

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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.

    20. Step: 20

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      Clean up the frame.

    21. Step: 21

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      Enjoy!

Comments (2)


  • Awesome bro! I just saw your floating shelf blog the other day too. Bout to build one tomorrow.
    By MisterGupton, on November 19, 2017


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Framed Photo Hidden Storage Box

by DIY PETE
Sep 27, 2017
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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.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 9e83665c 9917 4ff2 8231 1aeed5909872

    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.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 8056ce71 0263 46fb 96ba 4e496cbd2eb3

    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.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 1780b523 8794 400c ad83 5350aff58101

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

  4. Step: 4
    Huge f0a03d29 74f8 4ae3 8b0f 691832d8e393

    Glue the ends of the two horizontal boards.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge cd181038 5346 4307 b939 d2f2ac0276aa

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

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 3442f133 2ab1 459d aebb 3f014b02477a

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

  7. Step: 7
    Huge ce29fbd8 48f4 4ff5 814e ed48cfa58eef

    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.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 0c85bc91 9708 47c2 92ce 1f539b58aaae

    Determine placement for each hinge.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge c778b47e 4765 446a 8b27 e7a3354f1380

    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.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge 96f548eb 7881 40b1 ac5a 06c93614145f

    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.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge 8fb775b5 1060 4b9d ab92 1962ed44687d

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

  12. Step: 12
    Huge c8abc4b8 ae15 4242 9ed9 3c6d4b5621e6

    Center the storage box on the backside of the artwork.

  13. Step: 13
    Huge e7f84c09 6cd1 4a08 9449 ae26ef35bf37

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

  14. Step: 14
    Huge c003b038 8de7 45e5 8889 70597d60b90d

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

  15. Step: 15
    Huge ff1dcb2b 803e 4ba9 b09d 33f3a2240222

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

  16. Step: 16
    Huge ec2aca95 e95c 4805 b808 6bcc4c6dd893

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

  17. Step: 17
    Huge 86c06595 5c4f 421b b64e 50ddb40edcf9

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

  18. Step: 18
    Huge f39ce2d4 c8d3 4d36 9df5 45801590b011

    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.

  19. Step: 19
    Huge 1c4d59c8 f52a 492c 8856 6db140fa9209

    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.

  20. Step: 20
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    Clean up the frame.

  21. Step: 21
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    Enjoy!